Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips

Producer/Production Manager

Focus Features


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated from college and worked at a restaurant.
Started filming personal projects with friends in my spare time.
Got a job as a project manager at an insurance firm because I wasn't making enough money.
After several years, I decided to try to go back to school for Business.
In school I realized I really wanted to go back to film making.
Quit my job, moved to Los Angeles, and found a job at a production company.
Worked my way up to become a Producer/Production Manager.


High School
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo


Producer/Production Manager

I manage filming schedules and logistics on large movie productions.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Most days start with meeting up with the Directors and crew to discuss the day's activities. This can be anything from reviewing footage, scouting locations, arranging permits, to actual filming with crew on location. Every day is different, and sometimes can be very hectic, but it's always interesting.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

One of the most useful experiences is to get an internship or start assisting on set as soon as possible. This is how to find out if you really enjoy working on a film set. It's a lot of hard work, but the hand's on experience is very important.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

If you want to get into film, I would recommend reading as much as possible. Not just about film, but everything from history to literature. You can always learn about cameras and technology, but what people don't realize is that film making is about story telling.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Film/Cinema/Video Studies


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should become an accountant because you need to make money."

Challenges I Overcame