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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

A PA who wished to remain nameless wrote in about a situation that is all too common in Hollywood. She had been working on a movie, when all of a sudden they fired her, and replaced her with the AD’s … Continue reading

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The 6th TAPA Meetup – Coming August 24

EPISODE VI:
RETURN TO THE VALLEY

TAPA has returned to her home planet of the San Fernando Valley in an attempt to rescue her friends from the clutches of the vile 405.
Little does TAPA know that the STUDIO SYSTEM has secretly begun … Continue reading

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Grip & Inventor Steve Cardellini

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If you’ve spent any time around grips, you’ve very likely heard our guests’ name: Steve Cardellini. He is the veteran grip who invented the eponymous Cardellini Clamp. If you haven’t heard that term, you’ve … Continue reading

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Out of State PA

Morgan writes in:
I currently live in the Austin area and for the last few years we’ve had a nice share of TV shows filmed in the area (The Lying Game, Friday Night Lights, From Dusk Til Dawn, etc). I was … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Up To

Dear Constant Reader,
I want to apologize for the dearth of regular programming here at The Anonymous Production Assistant. I’ve been on location1 for the past month or so, because runaway production is still a thing.
The only reason Crew Call has … Continue reading

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Personal Assistant Stuart Friedel

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On today’s episode, you’ll actually get to hear the voice of Stuart Friedel, assistant to John August and producer of the podcast Scriptnotes.
The job of a personal assistant is a multifarious thing. He assists … Continue reading

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On the Subject of Subect Lines

Yesterday’s post was on the topic of when to move on. Here’s the subject line from the original email:
To Grow My Hair, Or Chop It Off And Start Fresh?
Now, that’s a lovely metaphor and everything, but seriously, this does not … Continue reading

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When To Move On

S. writes in:
I started out as an intern last year on [redacted tabloid show]. Before my internship was over, I was offered a freelance Set PA position. The season ended in May, and I stayed on in the summer to … Continue reading

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Two Resumes

Scott writes in:
The NBC Universal Careers twitter tweeted this link about the automated systems that scan resumes for keywords.
I’ve applied to a lot of jobs through these horrible portals such as Brassring and I’ve never gotten a call back. This … Continue reading

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Post Production Coordinator Zach Moss

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Today we hear from post production coordinator Zach Moss, who is recently off the first seasons of Red Widow and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’ll tell us about stock footage, post production security, and … Continue reading

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