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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

Sometimes, You’re Wrong

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about giving yourself extra time to complete tasks:
Whenever you’re given something to do, you need to factor in “shit happens.” If you think you can get something done in five minutes, say … Continue reading

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Personal Lighting

Germainicorn1 replied to the PA shopping list I created–

@TheAnonymousPA in addition to flashlight, I’d recommend a headlamp to free up your hand from using flashlights at night. External battery 2
— Germainicorn (@JudgeGermaine) July 22, 2015

This a great point, and I … Continue reading

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The First Time You Get Paid For It

Lauren writes in:
How many things/what sort of things did you have on your resume when you started applying for PA jobs?
PAing my be the bottom rung of the ladder, but unless you know somebody, your first day on set will … Continue reading

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Names Are Important

Did you catch the mistake in the tweet I responded to yesterday? No? Here it is again:

@TheAnonymousPA Hey do film producers require film school? Think Jerry Bruckenheimer. should I go to college?
— C.J Davis (@lifeischess027) July 21, 2015
Who the hell … Continue reading

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There’s No One Way to Make It

C.J. tweeted at me:

@TheAnonymousPA Hey do film producers require film school? Think Jerry Bruckenheimer. should I go to college?
— C.J Davis (@lifeischess027) July 21, 2015
Film school is a topic that comes up often on this blog. There are some good … Continue reading

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One Subject Per Email

The One Subject Email
You probably noticed people are busy. Like, all the time. Even when they have a moment to relax, they’ll probably spend that moment whipping out their cell phone and checking Reddit.

I’m not criticizing or praising this trend. … Continue reading

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How To Randomize A Crowd

Most of the time, you’re not going to deal with more than a handful of extras in any one scene. That’s because extras are people, too, and people cost a lot of money.
Still, every once in a while, you’ll get … Continue reading

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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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