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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

What Did You Do Wrong?

Not even a week into the new season, and there’s already drama behind-the-scenes on my show. Sigh.
I was hanging out in the wardrobe cage, as I am often wont to do. Partially it’s because wardrobe is a department I know … Continue reading

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Do Foreigners Have To Start Over?

Raúl writes in:
I’m an immigrant with a background in film production (TV Commercials). I worked in the films department of a leading advertizing agency for five years before going on to become a producer for a TV Commercial production company.
So … Continue reading

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What’s a Green Bed?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned “green beds” in passing, and Jess commented:
Okay, I’m stumped. What’s a greenbed?
I checked with Hollywood Juicer Michael, and apparently I’ve been using the wrong term for, like, eight years.
“Perms” are the permanent walkways built … Continue reading

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What A New PA Needs

Film school is done and the new TV season is upon us, so a lot of recent graduates are writing me emails about what they need to have on set or in the office.
Truth is, there’s not a lot that … Continue reading

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Managing Background Actors

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have heard some of my frustrations with background actors on a small shoot I was helping out on.
First of all, bear in mind that I definitely did not say any of these … Continue reading

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What Is Multicam?

Last week, I answered a question about film school that contained within it a big error–
Is there much overlap in the skills and techniques used in multiple camera television productions and those used in single camera television productions? I am … Continue reading

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What Classes Should I Take?

Natasha writes in:
I’ve been enjoying your blog and I wondered if I could ask you for some advice. I am an aspiring writer living in LA, ideally hoping to write for hour long television dramas. I am currently considering taking … Continue reading

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You’ll Never Get It Right

A long Twitter exchange last week reminded me of a great, probably apocryphal story1—
A famous director was being driven home from Paramount after a long day’s shooting. As they inched along Melrose, the director pointed at a burger joint on … Continue reading

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Keep Copies of Everything

Andi followed up on yesterday’s post:
Total bummer though about the mileage. I’ll definitely be claiming it on my taxes however. Should I still keep tracking my mileage on a mileage form in case I’m audited?
Absolutely! In fact, make copies of … Continue reading

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Are You Getting Mileage?

Andi writes in:
I’m an Office PA working on a low budget feature film in LA. I’ve typically worked on bigger features that have their own rented production vehicles for me to drive.
Must be nice. I’ve worked on massive budget television … Continue reading

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