Category Archives: The Industry

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.
So … Continue reading

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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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What A New PA Needs

Film school is done and the new TV season is upon us, so a lot of recent graduates are writing me emails about what they need to have on set or in the office.
Truth is, there’s not a lot that … Continue reading

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What Is Multicam?

Last week, I answered a question about film school that contained within it a big error–
Is there much overlap in the skills and techniques used in multiple camera television productions and those used in single camera television productions? I am … Continue reading

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What Classes Should I Take?

Natasha writes in:
I’ve been enjoying your blog and I wondered if I could ask you for some advice. I am an aspiring writer living in LA, ideally hoping to write for hour long television dramas. I am currently considering taking … Continue reading

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You’ll Never Get It Right

A long Twitter exchange last week reminded me of a great, probably apocryphal story1—
A famous director was being driven home from Paramount after a long day’s shooting. As they inched along Melrose, the director pointed at a burger joint on … Continue reading

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Changing Careers

Peter writes in:
After three years in law enforcement, I’ve decided on a career change. With the long-term goal of going into talent representation, what type of positions should I be applying for? The standard assistant/receptionist positions? Or, should I be … Continue reading

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