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Don’t Move!

This is a long post. Before you read it, check out the funny production assistant t-shirt I’m selling. It’s pretty great.
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I have a hard time getting into the Emmys. Unlike, say, the Oscars, there are way too many … Continue reading

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Experience is a Terrible Teacher

Alexandria writes in:
I emailed you a few months regarding PA’ing, and it really helped. So thank you. I have another question:
My goals as a director is to succeed within the independent circuit, and more specifically, work within the … Continue reading

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What’s Taking So Long?

Different types of shows have their own rhythms.
Multi-camera shows build slowly, from a simple table read and maybe a rehearsal on day one, all the way up to the full-0n craziness of a 16 hour shoot night. Single-camera comedies can … Continue reading

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Conference Call

A friend of mine is working in post on a sequel to a big budget movie that you’ve heard of and probably didn’t enjoy very much.  The director has that kind of psuedo-fame that comes from being a jerk.  I … Continue reading

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Secret Origins

Green PA commented on a post from a couple weeks ago, “The Curse of the Origin Story”:
I recently got very lucky and was able to finagle my way out of the mail room and into a sweet PA job on … Continue reading

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Earning It

One of the basic tenets of the American Dream is the idea that hard work will be rewarded. This simple belief is what gets most of us out of bed in the morning. Yay, capitalism!
It’s so ingrained in us that … Continue reading

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How to Impress

A friend of mine discovered I write this blog, and is now playing a rousing game of “Guess the Roman à Clef.” She hasn’t gotten them all right, so I’m glad my attempts at obscuring my identity have had … Continue reading

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Be Prepared

Yesterday, we had a table read (meaning the actors read the script in front of the producers and network executives). The only thing you need to bring to a table read is your script.
Guess what the director didn’t bring.
Besides his … Continue reading

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Success

I’ve met Bryan Singer twice.
The first time, he came as a guest judge for a student film competition at my school. This was before X-Men had come out, but he must have been in the middle of post, so it … Continue reading

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First Person Singular

Department heads often speak of themselves as if they are the entire department. I ACed for a DP once who was continually saying things like, “I’m going to put the crane over there,” or “I’m gonna set the camera … Continue reading

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