Category Archives: On the Job

Awkward Conversation

An anonymous reader writes in:
Recently, the 2nd AD kinda said something inappropriate and made me feel uncomfortable. I kinda just told him I wasn’t comfortable with what he said, and we moved on. So I thought.
After that incident, I haven’t … Continue reading

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What’s a Base Camp PA?

Justin writes in:
Recently I was on a passion project as a PA with a very knowledgable 2nd AD. I told him I was interested in being an office PA, and he showed me paperwork that office PAs have to work … Continue reading

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Twelve Hours Not Guaranteed

In the last year or so, I’ve noticed a trend among the bigger studios– no 12 hour guarantee for production assistants.
Technically, the law took effect on January 1st, 2013, but not every studio has pressed the issue. Others, like Warner … Continue reading

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Gun Safety

This is a story from a few years ago, back when I was a set PA on shitty indie movies. And by “indie,” I really mean “Skinemax.”1
The movie was described as an “erotic action thriller.” It was about a team … Continue reading

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Crew Call Episode 004: Dolly Grip Darryl Humber

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Today’s guest is Darryl Humber, a dolly grip, and the author of the premier dolly grip blog, Dollygrippery.
Darryl tells us about moving the camera, rolling over actors’ feet, and working outside of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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When Will I Get Paid?

Emily writes in1:
I recently worked for a major out-of-town TV show as a casting assistant, though it was technically my first time casting. Before then, I had been working for free as a PA and personal assistant and have another … Continue reading

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What’s a Production Secretary?

Adam writes in:
I just got an interview for a new gig Monday as a Production Secretary. For some reason none of the scripted shows I have worked on have ever had a Production Secretary. A former APOC recommended me and … Continue reading

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So You Worked on a Dirty Movie…

Maggie writes in:
Your blog is full of great advice and has given me TONS of useful notes so many thanks!! Here’s a question I wasn’t exactly able to find the answer to though. I worked on a very small film … Continue reading

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Crew Call Episode 003: Set Lighting Technician Michael Taylor

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This week, we’re joined by set lighting technician, Michael Taylor, aka The Hollywood Juicer. Along with being an electrician with decades of experience on sets, he also writes the Blood, Sweat, and Tedium blog, … Continue reading

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Invoices

Ian writes in:
I very recently got my first paid PA gig and the production coordinator sent me the contract and W9 form. She told me to fill out the paperwork and return it to her after the shoot along with … Continue reading

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