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We’re Hiring: Production Assistant

May 13, 2021

We’re excited to announce we’re recruiting a PRODUCTION ASSISTANT for a 6 month placement as part of the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

Please note, this is a development opportunity via the Government’s Kickstart scheme, open to anyone aged 16-24 who’s receiving Universal Credit and/or at risk of long-term unemployment. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact your local job centre or work coach.

About Northern Heart Films

Northern Heart Films are an Award Winning Film Production company based in Wigan, Greater Manchester and Preston with a focus on documentary storytelling. Northern Heart Films have produced films for the BBC, Guardian, Mirror and Channel 4.

Northern Heart Films have an exciting opportunity for a ‘Production Assistant’ to join the team to work across all aspects of the production process including pre-production and post-production. 

What we’re looking for

Northern Heart Films are a small team, working with us you are more than an employee, you are an integral part of the filmmaking family. We’re looking for someone who has bags of enthusiasm for working in the film and TV industry. 

Northern Heart Films are passionate about story and often work in some exciting environments. The ideal candidate should have great people skills, excellent organisational skills and be punctual and friendly, with a passion for storytelling. Alongside the above you will love documentaries and have a burning drive to tell stories with a purpose.

Role responsibilities

  • No two days are the same at Northern Heart Films. The role is incredibly varied and will involve doing admin and prep work in the studio. Including: filling out call sheets, arranging travel and accommodation, submitting films to film festivals, liaising with clients, prepping equipment and any other admin duties that are required.
  • Filming days are incredibly varied, you will be assisting the crew, helping unload equipment, filling out contributor forms, taking behind the scenes videos / stills and being a general helping hand.
  • When it comes to assisting in the edit your main duties will be helping organise and archive footage, transcribing interviews, sourcing music and editing in-house promotional material.
  • The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive as everyday is incredibly different at Northern Heart Films. We expect the successful candidate to adapt to the needs of the role whilst being fully supported by the rest of the team.

Skills and experience

  • It is essential you have an interest in our work and a passion for working in the Film and TV industry.
  • The ideal candidate should have experience in film production either at voluntary or paid level with an understanding of Microsoft Office.
  • At minimum an A level or BTEC in Media, Film or equivalent. Minimum of C in English at GCSE level. 
  • We are looking for someone who has bags of passion for the film industry, is hard-working, creative, friendly, reliable and isn’t afraid of getting stuck in.
  • A driving licence is preferred but not essential.

Our support to you

Northern Heart Films will be providing mentoring to support the candidate with their career progression, including CV writing and interview skills.

Northern Heart Films will be guiding the successful candidate into the film production process which will involve admin work, learning on set skills like camera assisting, sound recording, lighting and the basics of the Adobe Creative Suite which is an industry standard software. 

Watching films and networking is a huge part of working in the film industry and Northern Heart Films will be inviting the candidate to take part in film festivals, film discussions and networking to learn more about the film industry and to network with other film professionals.


This role will involve a mixture of working remotely, on location filming up and down the country and at our new studio – 

Main studio

Studio 14, 

The Old Courts,

Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford St, Wigan WN1 1NA

Job details

Number of hours per week – 25

Working pattern – 25 hours over 3 days a week (This may vary depending on shoots. We can be flexible on this depending on the candidates availability.)

Hourly rate of pay – National Minimum Wage

How to apply

To apply you should contact your local job centre or Universal Credit work coach to get a referral for this role.  

Once you have done this, please send a CV, Covering Letter (no more than 1 page of A4) explaining why you’re interested in the role to:

Scott Bradley at (subject line: Production Assistant Role)

The deadline is 1pm Friday 9th June 2021. Interviews will take place either remotely via Zoom or in person at our Wigan studio.  

The role starts as soon as possible.

Natasha Hawthornthwaite