Transportation Coordinator

Oversee the transportation of people and equipment between film locations.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$47,000 – $133,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Transportation Coordinators do?

In a spy movie full of international intrigue, the hero may jump from country to country, chasing the bad guys and saving the damsel in distress. Each time the film moves to another country, the Actors, crew, and equipment must move as well. A Transportation Coordinator arranges all the details and supervises the move.

At least a month before shooting begins, the Transportation Coordinator receives a copy of the script and studies it closely. The Director and Producer meet with you — the Transportation Coordinator — to discuss where each scene will take place, and they provide you with a schedule that details when each shot will start and stop. They also provide you with a budget for your work.

There are too many details to handle alone so you hire a crew of Drivers to assist. Each Driver must fill out the proper paperwork, be a member of the union, and pass a drug test. You ensure that all of these requirements are met, and you draw up a detailed schedule for each Driver. Next, you arrange for rental cars and trucks.

Hours before the shoot begins, you and your crew haul equipment to the location and you set up the equipment. During the shoot, you have a chance to relax and enjoy the action. Taking a nap may even be allowed, as long as you don’t sleep on the set.

When the shoot is over, you pack up the equipment and load it onto trucks for transport back to the studio or storage facility. Before you return rented equipment, you check it for damage.

Should I be a Transportation Coordinator?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Film Transportation Coordinator, Head of Import Coordination and Production

    How to Become a
    Transportation Coordinator

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