Author Archives: The Anonymous Production Assistant

About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

PAing on a Live Show

Kate asks:
I just landed my first ever PA gig, and it is for [a live awards show]… Looking through your blog posts, I haven’t seen any addressing PA’s for live shows.
Is there anything I should know or be prepared for … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Shots Versus Setups

The following post applies to single camera shows. I honestly don’t know what they do for multicam series.
I’ve noticed lately the some newbies confuse the terms “shot” and “setup.” These are related concepts, but they are distinct.
In general, the “shot” … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Silence

If you don’t read The Hills Are Burning,1 you probably missed AJ’s most recent post, “Steppage.” She nicely illustrates just how fucking annoying it is when someone steps on you on the radio. So, here’s a little primer for you … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job | Tagged , | 1 Comment

How to Set Up a Courtesy Flag

Have you ever shot in the desert? If you aren’t a road runner or cactus, I don’t recommend it. Especially the last few days in the Los Angeles area.1
It’s a dry heat, sure, but that doesn’t change the fact that … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

How To Find Just About Anyone in Hollywood

Every once in a while, I get a strange email like this:
Hello!
We have a strange research question for Anonymous Productions Assistant’s Blog!
I am helping a friend research and find pizza boxes for his Guinness Book of World Record Collection of … Continue reading

Posted in The Industry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be Careful Who You Talk About

It’s been said1 that everyone knows two businesses: their business, and show business. After all, who doesn’t love celebrity gossip, box office results, or debating Game of Thrones theories?
But when you work in Hollywood, celebrities aren’t just wealthy, good looking … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job, The Industry | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Annoying, Or Taking Initiative?

Ryan writes in:
I recently got a job PAing at a fairly large production company for a couple of weeks. Due to lack of space, I was placed at a desk on a different floor than the people I am working … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job | Tagged | 2 Comments

How NOT To Make a Microbudget Film

Last week’s post about why movies are so expensive got some interesting responses. The Burger King (probably a burger king, not the burger king) wrote–

Most of this is very true, but you are wrong in implying that independent filmmakers can’t make … Continue reading

Posted in On the Job, The Industry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why Are Movies So Expensive?

For longer than I’ve been in the Industry, we’ve been hearing how cheap, digital cameras
and readily available editing software would democratize cinema. There would be a revolution in independent filmmaking that would tear down the studio system.
Except… that hasn’t happened. … Continue reading

Posted in The Industry | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Booking Agent for PAs

Martin writes in:
I was wondering if you had ever heard of Booking Agents for PA’s. I found a job posting through a networking group on Facebook for a two-day PA gig which pays the normal rate. The contact person sent … Continue reading

Posted in Finding a Job, The Industry | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments