Jenna Davies

Production assistant

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  • LocationOrpington, United Kingdom

About me

 

For the last 7 years I have been working in film and photography, in all areas from pre production through to the completion of projects. For the last 2 years of this I’ve worked for a busy photography and film production company where I’ve been heavily involved in all aspects of productions from the planning to delivery of the final product. These have included a range of jobs that have given me an understanding of the whole process of production of TV shows, advertising media, photography and film projects. I have been responsible for coordinating teams on various projects going on simultaneously. The experience gained in anticipating restrictions and problems has enabled me to plan for what is required in order to see a project through to delivery. The experience I have gained in my work so far has helped me to realise that I now want to focus on working within production and admin, planning and organising projects to ensure a successful outcome.

Skills

 

  • Film
  • TV
  • Production Assistant
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Powerpoint
  • Production Co-ordination
  • Organisation and Problem Solving
  • Production Planning
  • Excel Advanced
  • Team Leadership
  • Microsoft Office Applications
  • Time Management Scheduling
  • Production Workflow
  • Production Admin

Work history

Currently

Freelance Production Assistant

Jenna Davies

Nov 2015
  • Currently freelancing on a number of film, television and photography productions

2015

Production Assistant

Stay Still Productions

Aug 2013 - Oct 2015
  • For the past two years I have worked for the successful Photography and Film production company ‘Sven Arnstein Photography’ and ‘Stay Still Productions’. Working for a production company that turns around a large number of projects for multiple clients has required me to be dedicated and committed to completing a number of projects simultaneously and on time. As the main production assistant, I was in charge of running the office and keeping track of our long running editing projects, whilst managing the day to day running and smaller jobs. My duties included Working as lead assistant in managing the office, my day to day duties included, -General admin and managing the day to day running of the office -Tracking status of ongoing projects and timelines, and coordinated the workflow for the members of the teams - Keeping track of costings for projects, shoots and recording the crew related to each specific job. (I created a complex spreadsheet that allows tracking of dates, work done and the relevant costs for each project which was needed as our team expanded) - Dealing with clients feedback and any requests to do with upcoming and previous projects - Liaising with outside companies for access to sound files, episodes and other items for projects’s completion, and ensuring the flow of data back to them (all our final paperwork - clearances and copyright etc) - Ensuring that our databases are up to date with all details of current and previous projects to ensure ease of access and accuracy of information - Overseeing status of equipment and computers and arranging any upkeep and liaising with outside parties to hire equipment when needed, including updating and organising equipment to deal with the ever changing workflows - Working as the lead camera operator and editor on projects such as ‘Electronic Press Kits’ for TV shows such as ‘The Musketeers 2’, ‘Call the Midwife 4’ ‘Endeavour’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and a number of upcoming shows this year. Organising equipment and crew for both photography and video shoots, managing details for home and abroad shoots, - Booking all flights, hotels, and travel, whilst liaising with production companies to update them with our travel details and arranging our timetable on the shoots - Booking the crew for various roles on shoots and in the office, whilst ensuring the correct member for each role is available with the correct skills - Scheduling assistant editors for our in-house edit suites to ensure the workload is completed at the appropriate time - Prepping equipment for all shoots, both foreign and local, and arranging any additional equipment needed appropriate Whilst working on film and television shoots, I was responsible for, - Liaising with On Set Production teams to coordinate our shooting programme and presence on the set in conjunction with their timetable, ensuring we are sensitive to their pressures - Setting up interviews on set with top Producers and VIP actors such as Harvey Weinstein, Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent. Greeting them and ensuring our appearance is at a high level - Working with the actors and crew on set to ensure that the best footage is achieved whilst being sensitive to the filming process Over the last 2 years the work-load has grown three-fold and I have been responsible for growing our team in order to manage the demands by: - Conducting the first stages of recruiting crew - Training them to a level in which they are doing the job to a high standard - Creating and documenting new workflows to increase the efficiency of projects - Making workflows accessible and clear to all members of the team so that any tasks can be picked up by any member of the team - Training up new editors to handle the increase in in-house editing. - Training up new assistants and camera operators

2013

Production Assistant

EJM Photography

Jan 2010 - Sep 2013
  • A photographer I worked regularly with on a freelance basis for a number of years, was involved in producing a large amount of ‘still life’ product images for clients, such as L’Oreal and Garnier, to a tight deadline for their promotional presentations. This meant working for various departments simultaneously, working to tight deadlines and high quality specifications. - Ensuring the workflow went as smoothly as possible was my main task. This meant - Tracking all products from arrival with us until they were returned to clients. I had to ensure that the correct products arrived with us with enough time to photograph and process, and then were returned to the client in their original state and with plenty of time for their presentation - Managing all the images workflow, from organising the input of multiple photographic images, through to retouching, grouping of composited images, evolving versions, and ensuring final completion of the images to the correct spec - Handling clients feedback on boards and images, ensuring all requests are documented and changes completed, and communicating with clients to ensure their satisfaction - The final delivery was in the physical form of a large print. It was important to ensure the quality of the final prints, which meant checking the printing quality, liaising with outside printers when needed and organising delivery. On occasion this involved hand delivery to ensure the clients received the prints when last minute changes were requested - Documenting the whole process of the individual products workflow - The products were broken down into sub categories for each client,which involved keeping track of the status, timing of work spent and the costings. This was imperative for clarity when liaising with the clients in order to document costings - The products were broken down into sub categories for each client,which involved keeping track of the status, timing of work spent and the costings. This was imperative for clarity when liaising with the clients in order to document costings

Education

2008

Film Production

University for the Creative Arts

Aug 2005 - May 2008
  • Film Production Producing short films Studying film and TV Practical skills such as pitching and budgeting