How To Become a Freelance Runner?
The role of a Runner on video shoots is one of the most entry-level positions on the set. While the job may involve seemingly menial tasks, many of the top Film Producers, Technicians and Directors today began their careers as a Runner on a film set.
Runners are often supervised by Assistant Directors and will receive some on the job instruction. Multiple Runners may be required for larger projects, while smaller productions will only employ one Runner.
Runners are named as such because their primary role is to run errands relevant to the production. They also take care of assorted tasks on set. The main qualities Runners need is a can-do attitude and a genuine interest in the film industry. The specific duties of a runner may include:
Placing, arranging, moving and organizing props.
Serving beverages or food to cast and crew members.
Retrieving items as directed.
Acting as a delivery person or driver.
Complete tasks assigned to them by staff.
Play To Your Strengths
The duties of a Runner on a film or video set can vary widely. Because of this, a range of strengths is valued in this role, including:
Being motivated and energetic.
Punctuality, accuracy and efficiency.
Having the ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments.
Flexibility in pivoting from one assignment to the next, even if each task is very different.
Excellent organizational skills.
Motivated, conscientious Runners will soon develop reputations for being reliable and enjoyable to work with. This could lead to other opportunities in the film and video realm. To continue developing, Runners should:
A Runner is about as entry-level as you can get in the film and video world. However, it can be the potential gateway to any other role that films require. Additional entry level positions might include:
The Runner position is open to just about anyone with drive, ambition and a willingness to pay their dues. If you get this opportunity, treat it as a valuable learning experience and stepping stone to greater things.
There are currently over 50 freelance Runner on the 90 Seconds platform.
Last month Runner's billed over 200 hours to clients all over the world.
Clients like Uber, PayPal, Conde Nast, Google, and leading agencies around the world hire Runner's on 90 Seconds.
There are currently 30 open quotes that require a Runner on 90 Seconds.
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