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Cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo

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You guys, Joaquin Sedillo shot Veronica Mars (the series, not the movie). Do I really need to say anything else? Oh, he’s the director of photography on Glee. So, he’s pretty much awesome.
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Gun Safety

This is a story from a few years ago, back when I was a set PA on shitty indie movies. And by “indie,” I really mean “Skinemax.”1
The movie was described as an “erotic action thriller.” It was about a team … Continue reading

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Guest Posts – The Trials of Being a PA

I wrote a guest blog post for Staff Me Up! Check it out.
And since I wrote for them, here’s a guest post from one of my more experienced readers:
1. Let’s assume you, the PA, are asked to take orders and … Continue reading

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Production Listings

Nash writes in:
I have been considering paying for a subscription to the Production Alert service. I just wanted to know if you thought it was worth it for someone looking to get more PA work?
I’ve never found a job through … Continue reading

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Property Master Jim Falkenstein

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Today’s episode features a very enthusiastic prop master, Jim Falkenstein.
He talks with TAPA about on-set dressers, brain cheese, unscrupulous prop masters, and Val Kilmer’s cigarette lighter.
Check out Jim’s website, including the prop mistake of … Continue reading

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TAPA Meetup in July

It’s July. It’s hot. You need a drink.
So why not come on down to Joxer Daly’s on Sunday, July 20? We can all cool off, relax, and make new friends in the summer heat.
The address is 11168 Washington Blvd Culver … Continue reading

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How to Dress for a Studio or Network

Evelyn has found herself in a fortunate position:
A family contact has arranged for my son to have lunch with a VP of Production at a major studio.  This may not lead to a job, but hopefully he will end up having a valuable … Continue reading

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So You Work at a Studio, But You Want to Work on a Show

Ira1 writes in:
I am currently interning at one of the bigger studios in the industry right now. I was curious, is there anyone who works here (in the offices) that I would be able to network with in hopes of getting … Continue reading

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Script Coordinator & Writers’ PA Eddie Quintana

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Today’s guest is in a position that I know a lot of my readers want to hear about: script coordinator and writers’ PA.
Eddie Quintana tells us about his journey from office PA on films … Continue reading

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Where to Network

Last Friday’s post garnered this response:
Truth in @TheAnonymousPA‘s How to Write http://t.co/f4MxgX4i5u – but ends on some truly bad advice.
— Michael Sullivan (@redrighthand) June 20, 2014
@redrighthand curious what the bad advice is. — TAPA (@TheAnonymousPA) June 20, 2014
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