An Office PA’s place is in the office. (Any loyal readers want to embroider that on a pillow for me?) So when an Office PA ventures on set, it creates a classic fish-out-of-water scenario.
On my last show, I had to accompany the supervisor’s seventeen-year-old neighbor to set. She sat there, starry-eyed, watching take after take after take after take.
I sat there, asleep… because let’s be honest. It can get boring.
When I visit set, I like to take care of my errands as quickly as possible, then find a corner to watch a take or two. I zero in on the director and try to watch him direct between takes. As a PA with big-time aspirations, I really try to use this time to glean some bit of wisdom…
But then I inevitably get bored waiting around for them to set up the next shot, so I swing by craft service and then head back to the office, rackin’ up the odometer at 50¢/mile.
Last week, Joe Buck the EP found me on set and forced me to sit and watch. “We’re making a movie here. You should get to see some of it.”
I appreciated the gesture and I thanked him for it, but I still jettisoned after three takes. There’s only so many times you can watch a Goodfellas-esque tracking shot before you start to nod off.