Category Archives: The Industry

How To Find Just About Anyone in Hollywood

Every once in a while, I get a strange email like this:
Hello!
We have a strange research question for Anonymous Productions Assistant’s Blog!
I am helping a friend research and find pizza boxes for his Guinness Book of World Record Collection of … Continue reading

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Be Careful Who You Talk About

It’s been said1 that everyone knows two businesses: their business, and show business. After all, who doesn’t love celebrity gossip, box office results, or debating Game of Thrones theories?
But when you work in Hollywood, celebrities aren’t just wealthy, good looking … Continue reading

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How NOT To Make a Microbudget Film

Last week’s post about why movies are so expensive got some interesting responses. The Burger King (probably a burger king, not the burger king) wrote–

Most of this is very true, but you are wrong in implying that independent filmmakers can’t make … Continue reading

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Why Are Movies So Expensive?

For longer than I’ve been in the Industry, we’ve been hearing how cheap, digital cameras
and readily available editing software would democratize cinema. There would be a revolution in independent filmmaking that would tear down the studio system.
Except… that hasn’t happened. … Continue reading

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Booking Agent for PAs

Martin writes in:
I was wondering if you had ever heard of Booking Agents for PA’s. I found a job posting through a networking group on Facebook for a two-day PA gig which pays the normal rate. The contact person sent … Continue reading

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Outdoors in L.A.

Wow, people were not pleased by yesterday’s post, where I criticized a fellow PA for getting the lunch order wrong. To be fair to me, this conversation didn’t happen outside my head. Sometimes I write these imagined conversations out on … Continue reading

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Names Are Important

Did you catch the mistake in the tweet I responded to yesterday? No? Here it is again:

@TheAnonymousPA Hey do film producers require film school? Think Jerry Bruckenheimer. should I go to college?
— C.J Davis (@lifeischess027) July 21, 2015
Who the hell … Continue reading

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There’s No One Way to Make It

C.J. tweeted at me:

@TheAnonymousPA Hey do film producers require film school? Think Jerry Bruckenheimer. should I go to college?
— C.J Davis (@lifeischess027) July 21, 2015
Film school is a topic that comes up often on this blog. There are some good … Continue reading

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Do Foreigners Have To Start Over?

Raúl writes in:
I’m an immigrant with a background in film production (TV Commercials). I worked in the films department of a leading advertizing agency for five years before going on to become a producer for a TV Commercial production company.
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What’s a Green Bed?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned “green beds” in passing, and Jess commented:
Okay, I’m stumped. What’s a greenbed?
I checked with Hollywood Juicer Michael, and apparently I’ve been using the wrong term for, like, eight years.
“Perms” are the permanent walkways built … Continue reading

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