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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

What to Claim on Your W-4

Christoph writes in:
Since last fall, my gigs have been getting more and more frequent, and I have even been lucky enough to land some longer jobs. However, I have been noticing that as a job gets longer, there seems to … Continue reading

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There’s Lazy, And Then There’s This

It’s been a while since I complained about ADs, so how’s about I do that right now?
We had a on yesterday. When the party bus1 returned, the 1st AD called the office and asked for a PA to come … Continue reading

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How to Schedule a Meeting

After Sunday’s get-together, I received a few emails like the following1–
Hi, APA!
I met a lot of people on Sunday but I don’t know a polite way to continue the connection. Do I just call them out of the blue? Email? … Continue reading

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Crew Call: The Below-the-Line Podcast

UPDATE!
The Kickstarter campaign is back on! Here’s the new link.
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I have officially launched the Kickstarter campaign for Crew Call: The Below-the-Line Podcast! And I couldn’t be more excited! Can’t you tell by all the exclamation points?!
Crew Call is … Continue reading

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Out Times

Marvin asks:
What is the process of getting “out times” from the working trucks?
One of the more important aspects of the is recording the times every member of the crew started and ended their day, along with any meal penalties, … Continue reading

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Due to a Technical Glitch, the Podcast Kickstarter Campaign Will Not Begin Today

This is both disappointing and annoying, but the video I created for the Kickstarter campaign is not as complete as I expected it to be by now.
Don’t worry, though, the meetup at the Figueroa Hotel is still on, so you … Continue reading

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Some Writers Are Oblivious

If you’ve never been on a multicamera series, it’s a lot like being on a play that has a one-night engagement. There’s a lot of set up and rehearsal and honing everything down to the last detail, so you can … Continue reading

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Your Driving Record

Andrew writes in:
I just got offered a potential PA job pending a drivers license check, and I was wondering what the requirements are that production companies look for regarding license checks.
Most of the time, they just want to make sure … Continue reading

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What’s the Biggest Lie on Set?

“One more.”
Never, ever, ever believe a director when he says this. It is never, ever, ever true.
Usually, he’ll say this when he realizes the cast and crew have run out of patience, when it’s the 9th take on 12th setup … Continue reading

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There Are More Accountants Than You Think

Today’s topic is… ACCOUNTING!

Seriously, though, people seem to be confused about accounting. Maybe it’s because most of the crew doesn’t see the accountants every day like I do. At most, you’ll see one of the accountants on Thursdays.
But, like most … Continue reading

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