Tag Archives: assistant director

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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Awkward Conversation

An anonymous reader writes in:
Recently, the 2nd AD kinda said something inappropriate and made me feel uncomfortable. I kinda just told him I wasn’t comfortable with what he said, and we moved on. So I thought.
After that incident, I haven’t … Continue reading

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Gun Safety

This is a story from a few years ago, back when I was a set PA on shitty indie movies. And by “indie,” I really mean “Skinemax.”1
The movie was described as an “erotic action thriller.” It was about a team … Continue reading

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Production Listings

Nash writes in:
I have been considering paying for a subscription to the Production Alert service. I just wanted to know if you thought it was worth it for someone looking to get more PA work?
I’ve never found a job through … Continue reading

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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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