«June 2018»

P.A. Bootcamp training programme

Date: 13 Nov 2017

 Screen Training Ireland (STI) and Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB), in partnership with Universal Cable Productions (UCP), are hosting a P.A. Bootcamp training programme for new industry entrants.  This renowned Bootcamp is not a school; not a class; not a seminar and not a powerpoint presentation.  The P.A. Bootcamp is JOB TRAINING: a two-day thorough, intensive, real-world programme designed to give participants a full and practical understanding of the role of Office, Set and Location Production Assistant.

As part of the programme, participants will also complete a one-day Health & Safety programme offered by BECTU, and accredited under the BBC/BECTU/PACT/Skillset Production Safety Passport Scheme.

Participants will be divided into two groups for the P.A. Bootcamp:  one group will complete the training from Tues 5th – to Thursday 7th December and the second group from Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th December.

Day One: 

  • Mock Production Meeting.

  • Production paperwork (one liner, D.O.O.D, shooting schedule, sides).

  • Call Sheet.  Line by line reading and explaining.  Emphasis on where to find information on the sheet.

  • “Tree” for Production.  The job description and responsibilities for each position:

  • UPM, 1st A.D., 2nd A.D., 2nd A.D., DGA Trainee, Key Set P.A., Set P.A.

  • Definition of a Set P.A.:   Extension to the A.D.  Lock-ups.  Anticipation not initiation. Understanding what the A.D. wants from the P.A.  Personality and work ethic.  Staff vs. Day Player.

  • CALL OUT/SHOUT OUT.  Explaining how the radio communication works for calling out. Review and explanation of all terms.

  • TERMINOLOGY GAME   Team competition for guessing definitions of terms.

  • DON’TS.  Interactive “game” format covering many set etiquette issues.

  • KIT BUILDING.  Divide into groups and build A.D. kits.

  • PUSH THE CALL.  All trainees have Call Sheets and red Sharpies.  They push the call on their sheets.

Day Two:

  • Full radio instruction and drill. Mic plug-in, battery changing, correct use of channels; keying; clipping; proper communication; terminology; answering questions from call sheets.

  • Radio Inventory


  • BACKGROUND.  Check-in, vouchers, skins, sorting and categorizing.  Bringing background to set, background holding, background cuing.

  • Military time for time cards.

  • Gear.  What to wear and bring.  What NOT to wear and bring.

Day two always ends with work search resources and resume building.

Day Three:

Day three will provide participants with BECTU Health and Safety awareness training, including the following:

  • Introducing creative industry training

  • Defining hazards and risks

  • Hazards and practical control measures

  • Common workplace measures

  • Personal responsibility for safety.

Participant Profile:

Graduates, trainees and new entrants to the film industry seeking an opportunity to enhance their understanding of office, set and location production assistance.

Applications are available via Screen Training Ireland's website: www.screentrainingireland.ie