Getting Started in the Film Industry
Becoming a PA (Entry Level Position on a Film Set – Locations/On Set PAs and Office PAs)
Here are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself to work in the film industry
Take introductory courses*.
Where to take it
|Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course
(Note: recommended for everyone starting out)
|Royal Roads University|
|WHMIS||Online through ActSafe BC|
|Traffic Control (for Locations PAs)||BCCSA|
|Motion Picture Safety Awareness||ActSafe|
* Note that courses listed are not required unless you want to become a DGC union permittee, but they are still recommended to improve confidence and competence on a set and can increase chances of employment.
Apply directly to a film or television production:
- See what’s filming on the island and across BC on the CreativeBC Film List or the DGC Production List
- Apply as a Locations PA, Office PA, or to a department that you have experience in (both union and non-union shows)
Create a Production Assistant resume and get on our PA list
- A PA resume is: a one-page resume with your film, television or related experience and any certifications/licenses that are relevant.
- Once you have at least one production on your resume, we can add your contact information to the ONLINE LOCAL CREW LIST as a PA or in a specific department where you have experience.
- If you wish to set up an online crew profile (resume, availability, union affiliations, notes) please pay your membership fee with the Film Commission
- We also have a PA MAILING LIST for those looking to gain entry into the industry. We try and send this list entry-level opportunities that we hear of. Not an official crew list–no membership required.
- Note: this does not ensure employment. The Film Commission does not hire crew directly. We give the crew list password to Producers and Production Managers. A production that finds you from this list will contact you directly.
More Info on Becoming a PA
Includes: role of the PA, info on the permittee program (becoming a union member), and a checklist of required courses.
Camera Trainee Program
Read more about the camera trainee program on the IATSE 669 website
Getting Additional Experience
Connect with the Local Film Scene
Intern at a Local TV Station
Approach Local Production
|MediaNet||CHEK News||See our website for a list|
* monthly mixers, events, & workshops
Become a Member of the Film Commission (newsletter, invites to our mixers, events, and workshops)