Category Archives: On the Job

The Anonymous Production Assistant Book

The Anonymous Production Assistant has been around for eight years. Eight years. That means, if you’re graduating from film school now, this blog has been going since you were in junior high.
In that time, there has been over a thousand … Continue reading

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Kit Fee, Kit Rental, Box Rental

Dwayne writes in:
I’ve just been hired to do crafty for a set where there might be 100 people on the heaviest days.
My instructions are:

we could have 100 people at our heaviest days
21 day shoot (maybe 20)
there is a $50/day Kit … Continue reading

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Consistent Work

Pat writes in:
I really enjoy your site and it has given me many tips that really have been helping over the past few months. I am a PA working in New York. I have gotten a decent amount of jobs, … Continue reading

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Using Your Car for Production

Jenny writes in:
I just wrapped a production where I had to drive 60 miles to location each day in order to set up breakfast before the crew van arrived, and now it’s time to invoice for all that hard PA … Continue reading

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Nothing to Do

Hillary writes in:
On the last shoot I was on, after helping unload I was told to go and ask around to see which departments needed my help.
Nobody needed anything done and for the rest of the one day shoot I … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know What Happened in Post

I love Movie Set Memes; it’s always good for a laugh. But sometimes the conversations there are toxic. It very often sounds like people who don’t know how movies are made yelling at other people who don’t know how movies … Continue reading

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Toilet Wars

My production office is small. It’s really just big enough for the office staff itself; the writers, accountants, and everybody else are in other bungalows elsewhere on the lot. We don’t even have space for separate women’s and men’s bathrooms, … Continue reading

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Contacts & Lists

There’s around 150 to 200 people on any given film or television production. It’s a safe bet they’re not all Facebook friends. So, it’s up to the production office to create various lists with names and contact info.
This begins, as … Continue reading

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How to Order Lunch for the Production Office

Chester writes in:
I have my first PA gig next week, and I’m super nervous. I wanna come off looking like I know what I’m doing and not an amateur.
One of my duties is handling lunch for the days I’m working. … Continue reading

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First Shot, Lunch, and Wrap Reports

If you’re working on a network show or studio film, there are three reports that are almost always the purview of the office PA. They are: the first shot, the lunch report, and the wrap report.
This is one of those … Continue reading

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