Category Archives: On the Job

Five Excuses for Missing Work That Just Don’t Cut It

Some days, you don’t want to go to work. But you do, anyway, because you want to make a good impression. And get paid. That’s important, too.
But there are days when you have a legit excuse. Get into a debilitating … Continue reading

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The Most Important Truck!

I’m such an idiot! On Monday, I wrote about the various trucks and trailers you run into on set, and I left off the most important one: the honeywagon!
For the uninitiated, “honeywagon” is the term for the bathroom truck.Why’s it … Continue reading

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How to Identify Trucks on Set

My parents were visiting from out of town, and the came by set last week. Since we’re still in prep, I had time to take them on a tour of our offices and stages. We passed by the transpo office, … Continue reading

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Be Proud of Your Work

Black Bag Pictures replied to Wednesday’s post [paragraphs added for readability]:
Hollywood has changed significantly since Rambo III. It has become far more corporate, more focus grouped, more dissected. Despite the historic ego and money involved, it used to be a … Continue reading

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Yes, You Loved That Movie

My old writing professor (yes, the one who wouldn’t shut up about his Oscar) told my class a story–
I was at a dinner party. I knew some people, didn’t know others. You know how it is.
No, we didn’t know how … Continue reading

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Ambition

Your script probably isn’t very good. Even if it is good, probably no one will read it. Even if they do read it, they probably won’t give you the money to make it. Even if they give you the money … Continue reading

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Why No One Gives a Shit About Your Student Film

On last Friday’s blog post, I wrote:
Directing a student film doesn’t really count for anything.
As long as it’s clearly labeled as a student film section [on your resume], you can include your directing and producing credits. Just understand it’s not … Continue reading

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Why Won’t He Call Me Back?

Ellis writes in:
Newly minted PA here and I need some help with networking. Several crew members have given me their numbers and encouraged me to reach out and stay in touch.
Here is the problem: Some respond and others don’t. For … Continue reading

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Super Secret Blog Post

This whole Patreon thing seems to be working out. More than 50 patrons are supporting TAPA! They’re contributing well over $400 per month to keep the site going. Thanks so much, you guys!
One of the reasons I started writing for … Continue reading

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Who Do You Work For?

Judging by the comments on last week’s post, I’ve been a little too cute when discussing the question of who you work for. The truth is, there are several valid answers, depending on what you really want to know.
Working on … Continue reading

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