Will writes in with a story that comes up quite a bit in Los Angeles:
A movie is currently filming literally down the street from me. It’s a Hollywood film being produced by Paramount, as that was stamped on one of their vehicles. I know they are all staffed up since they are already filming. I’d like to get involved in film as a PA or anything entry-level where I can learn from, meet, and work with people in the business.
Is there anything I could or should do to take advantage of a movie being filmed right by my house? I feel like I’ll just get shut down, especially since I have no experience in the business. What do you think?
First off, the fact that the trucks are from Paramount doesn’t mean that’s who’s producing the film. Most of the studios, along with producing films, actually rent things– props, costumes, stages (why do you think they’re called studios?), and, yes, trucks.
The easiest way to distinguish a big studio feature (or network show) from an indie is the number of trucks. Specifically, is the grip and electric gear stored on two separate trucks, or one?
As to your actual question, the best you can do is meet and befriend a PA or two. No one else will give you the time of day.1 From there, just maintain that friendship, and maybe they’ll let you know about a job opportunity in the future.
Just don’t expect to get a job on the show tomorrow.