Tag Archives: assistant director

Managing Background Actors

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have heard some of my frustrations with background actors on a small shoot I was helping out on.
First of all, bear in mind that I definitely did not say any of these … Continue reading

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How to Run a Production Meeting

Dax asks:
I’ve experienced several different production meetings. Two seem to be the most common.
The first AD reads through the script in scene order and then through the one liner in schedule order. if this is correct? If so, should the … Continue reading

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How Many Languages Do YOU Speak?

I had a coordinator once who was Vietnamese. She’s been in America for a couple of decades, so she didn’t have much of an accent, but she still occasionally got colloquialisms wrong. For instance, she would say, “Do you grab … Continue reading

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2nd AD Anthony Robinson

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Today’s guest is a 2nd AD who got into the DGA the hard way– by earning his days as a set PA. It is not easy.
Anthony Robinson tells us about everything from buying lunch … 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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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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