There is a myth that one of the Runner’s key jobs is making tea.
I don’t believe this myth, it’s certainly not true at Napoleon Creative. I think I make more tea than any other member of staff, and I make tea for all of them. This is in part because I’m incredibly fussy when it comes to making tea, so like to make my own. I also like the 10 minute screen break, and the ritual of boiling the kettle, preparing the pot, collecting the cups, waiting for the tea to steep…
Anyway, I’ve just had a CV from a very junior crew member who’s approached us for work. In his latest job he was:
“a runner on this production for around two weeks. This involved making tea, looking after cast and crew and buying rigging.”
On the previous job to that, he was a runner on another job which:
“involved taking pictures as a Location scout and making tea and coffee.”
To be honest, it sounds he’s learned more about catering than he has film production.It almost suggests the production team didn’t want to trust him with anything but boiling a kettle.
We all know that Runners often pick up the lousy menial jobs. Running tapes around the office. Watching dubs dub. Making tea. But for goodness’s sake, DON’T put “made the tea” on your CV!!! Tell us more about the actual production work you did, the location scouting, what you learned on set. Other wise, the only people who will employ you are catering companies.