Category Archives: On the Job

2nd AD Anthony Robinson

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Today’s guest is a 2nd AD who got into the DGA the hard way– by earning his days as a set PA. It is not easy.
Anthony Robinson tells us about everything from buying lunch … Continue reading

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10 Lies I get Told as a Production Assistant

I’ll admit, other than a few shows that went on location in Vegas, I’ve never shot outside of Los Angeles. I have never worked in places like New Orleans or Detroit, where tax incentives draw film production. I work in … Continue reading

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When Do I Get a Call Sheet?

Elle writes in:
I’m doing my non-paid, freelance internship as an Art Dept. PA. This one is a web-based, Emmy-nominated series.
I’m asking the 2nd AD for a call sheet (or any information at all, like ‘Hey, yes, we need you tomorrow’) … Continue reading

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Scheduling Conflicts

Michael writes in:
I freelance camera op at two digital production companies that each have plenty of work but also have plenty of freelancers at their disposal. Each week it’s hard to coordinate my schedules between the two, as they can … Continue reading

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Am I Too Small?

Indy (a college student) writes in:
I’m currently in college, and I’m interested in working behind the scenes for film and television. I would love to someday become a cinematographer, but one question that I’ve always wondered is if I’m too … Continue reading

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Shit Happens

I just saw this post on Reddit:

Christopher Nolan breaks the 180 degree rule in The Dark Knight

Can anyone explain why he did it, and also why it works?
I’m new to film making, and I’ve been told that this rule is … Continue reading

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Hey, You! With the Face!

I’m not sure about you guys but one of the biggest problems for me on a set is remembering everyone’s name.
Seriously, though. Especially when you are working a short commercial gig for one or two days? UGH.  Every single time … Continue reading

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Taking Advantage

So there you are, working your ass off as a PA, running around and doing ridiculous tasks that you will never be able to properly explain to your parents.
You love what you do as much as you hate it and … Continue reading

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Will I Be a PA Forever?

This week, I begin my third season as a production assistant for a TV show that’s not-quite a hit. Which is why the show is going to end and I’ll be right back where I was three years ago.
And it’s … Continue reading

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Should I Stay in Los Angeles?

Ken writes:
I just graduated from film school and moved to LA like various people advised me to do. Now, I’m here and looking for nearly any PA job I can find (yay having little to no experience…) and what I … Continue reading

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