Getting into VFX: Runners

By Derin Bamgbelu | 14th June 2018

How to get into VFX - Runner

Historically, entry to the VFX industry has been through being a runner.

What do Runners do?

You’ll help the studio to run smoothly and learn the tools of VFX at the same time. Thousands of people in the film industry learnt their craft while making tea! The job of a Runner is not glamorous but it can be a job with prospects.

You will learn how teams and workflows operate while getting to work on training shots, match moving or roto. In advertising VFX the biggest part of the job is still to serve drinks and refreshments for company clients and keep the kitchens stocked. In film VFX, expect to run errands, manage deliveries, cover reception and keep the place tidy. To progress you will need to be enthusiastic and prepared to work on training shots during quiet times and in the evenings.

What skills do I need to become a Runner?
  • Great customer service skills
  • Have an understanding of post-production
  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Be enthusiastic and friendly
  • Pride in what you do
  • Show initiative
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Team working skills
What qualifications do I need to be a Runner?

To become a runner you do not necessarily need qualifications or training.

Although qualifications are great, many companies tend to look for individuals who have invested interest in post-production or have experience in the industry (even if it is self taught).

If you are considering taking a film production course in higher education, click here for commonly accepted courses.