Category Archives: On the Job

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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Asking Too Many Questions

Tara writes in:
I just graduated from college and got my first job as a Production Assistant for a talk show. I’ve done some freelance PAing and the biggest problem I seem to have is that I can’t find the balance … Continue reading

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The Future of Networking Is Here

People often write in that they’ve just moved to Los Angeles, and they don’t know how to meet people.
Well, first of all, you should come to the TAPA Networking Event this weekend!
But there’s not a TAPArty every weekend, you say? … Continue reading

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#NotAllDirectors

There’s still time to win box seats at the Staples Center, thanks to CAPS Payroll.
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Evan G decided to respond to a six-year-old post about an asshole director. I wasn’t around at the time, but as the current keeper … Continue reading

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The Thermostat

It’s that time of year, at least in Los Angeles, when it’s a hundred and fuck degrees outside, so all the guys in the office decide to set the thermostat to 67.1
It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I’m … Continue reading

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