Tag Archives: assistant director

There’s Lazy, And Then There’s This

It’s been a while since I complained about ADs, so how’s about I do that right now?
We had a on yesterday. When the party bus1 returned, the 1st AD called the office and asked for a PA to come … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the Departments

Every morning, the office receives a in . And every morning, the production report is wrong.
A PR, for those who don’t know, is a bizarro call sheet. Instead of telling you what you’re going to do tomorrow, it tells you … Continue reading

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Which Schedule?

I’m often surprised at the number of people who don’t know that ADs create more than one kind of schedule. Frequently, experienced crew members will come into the office and ask for “the” schedule, only to be baffled when I … Continue reading

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Do As I Do, Not As I Say

An AD by the name of Jason Roberts recently commented on a post from a couple months ago:

I would like to think that you didn’t actually call background artists “untalented actors”.
Maybe I am misreading your sense of humor.
Just in case … Continue reading

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Locking Up the Unlockable

Brett asks:
What’s a good line to give someone during lock up and they’ve just asked what authority you have to keep them from walking into your shot?

For the uninitiated (which is most of you; why else are you reading the … Continue reading

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Act Like You’ve Been There Before

This week, our #2 actor started, so we sent him a bouquet of flowers to congratulate him. (It wasn’t until I typed that last sentence that I realized how stupid of a Hollywood tradition it is to congratulate an actor … Continue reading

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90% of success

Script Goddess had a fun post last week about filling as an AD on a commercial. This passage in particular caught my attention:
Day 3 Exterior House. My first time directing trucks and production vehicles. As I was arriving at the … Continue reading

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Emailing Strangers

Danielle asks:
I recently graduated college, during which I had internships on the corporate side of three different television stations (all headquartered in NYC). Since graduating, I’m looking to move into the production side but don’t have the contact base required, … Continue reading

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Not Scheduled

Elyse writes:
I was told by the UPM to go ahead with getting a job as a PA on the tv show set I’ve been standing-in on, and she told me to speak with one of the ADs. I spoke with … Continue reading

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Locations and Set PAs

In case you don’t read the comments, I thought it best to reprint Nathan’s comment on my previous post:
Location Managers (and ALM’s) never hire the Set P.A.s. Anywhere. (I’m an East Coast Location Manager — trust me on this one.)
Locations will hire Locations P.A.s, … Continue reading

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