Author Archives: The Anonymous Production Assistant

About The Anonymous Production Assistant

Yeah, right, like I'm going to tell you.

Don’t Move!

This is a long post. Before you read it, check out the funny production assistant t-shirt I’m selling. It’s pretty great.
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I have a hard time getting into the Emmys. Unlike, say, the Oscars, there are way too many … Continue reading

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Is It Too Late to Start?

John writes in with a few questions:
Should I find out who the production coordinator is before I start sending out cover letters?
I graduated film school but have no paying job experience or internships. I’m twenty-four, am I too old to … Continue reading

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Stuntwoman Anna Mercedes Morris

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Have you ever run at full speed in stiletto heels? Fallen down stairs in a minidress? Been lit on fire? If so, your weekends are a lot more interesting than mine.
Or, you’re a stuntwoman, … Continue reading

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The Definition of a Production Assistant

A lot of people asked why I don’t sell TAPA T-shirts. Honestly, it’s because I couldn’t think of anything clever or interesting, like Dollygrippery’s Ascent of Man-style shirt.
Well, that’s all changed!
Introducing the first TAPA Tee! The Definition of a Production … Continue reading

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Non-Union Grip & Electric Chandler Forbes

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In Los Angeles, the various departments are very distinct. In smaller markets, the lines can be a lot fuzzier.
That’s why we’re speaking today with Chandler Forbes, a grip and electrician from Grand Rapids, MI– … Continue reading

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What If This ISN’T What I Want to Do With My Life?

Laura responded to yesterday’s post:
I don’t want to be the one comment here that sh*ts on your point,1 but I have been in this reader’s position for at least 4 years now and have come across some additional problems after … Continue reading

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Career Crisis

An anonymous reader1 writes in:
I’ve been an appreciative reader of the APA blog for several years, throughout which I also worked in television and film development and production as a production assistant. I originally went into the industry because I … Continue reading

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Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

A PA who wished to remain nameless wrote in about a situation that is all too common in Hollywood. She had been working on a movie, when all of a sudden they fired her, and replaced her with the AD’s … Continue reading

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The 6th TAPA Meetup – Coming August 24

EPISODE VI:
RETURN TO THE VALLEY

TAPA has returned to her home planet of the San Fernando Valley in an attempt to rescue her friends from the clutches of the vile 405.
Little does TAPA know that the STUDIO SYSTEM has secretly begun … Continue reading

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Grip & Inventor Steve Cardellini

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If you’ve spent any time around grips, you’ve very likely heard our guests’ name: Steve Cardellini. He is the veteran grip who invented the eponymous Cardellini Clamp. If you haven’t heard that term, you’ve … Continue reading

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