Tag Archives: production assistant

Asking For Help

Kristen writes in:
I’ve spent the better part of today reading your blog. First off, thank you. I learned a lot and the honest, tough-love from a veteran is appreciated (and more palatable in text than in a cynical tone to … Continue reading

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Work for Who You Want to Be

David writes in:
I am interested in post-productions more specifically a video editor. I thought about starting out as an assistant editor, but almost all these job advertisements require 2 years of experience. Would you have any recommendations on where to … Continue reading

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Distro List

When you work in the production office, one of your major jobs is distributing paperwork, commonly referred to as “distro.” You’ve got scripts, pages, schedules, one-liners, prep calendars, crew lists, vendor lists, call sheets, and a bazillion other things that … Continue reading

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Shooting Location Change

ES writes in:
I’ve got a question about saying “yes” and then finding out location. I live outside SF and agreed to a gig that I found out is 35 minutes further out than San Francisco. Is it okay to say … Continue reading

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Availability List

Michael, the Hollywood Juicer, made a correction on Thursday’s post:
I can’t speak for the other locals or guilds, but 728 (set lighting) and 80 do send members out on jobs. We’re allowed (and expected) to look for our own work, … Continue reading

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How Long Is This Gonna Take

Ryan writes in:
I’ve seen you answer questions from people asking if they’re too young to be a PA, but I’ve only seen one person who said they’re too old, and they were 24.
I’m 28 , soon to be 29, and … Continue reading

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How To Stand Out From the Crowd

Max writes in:
First off thanks for your the wonderful blog!
As a student reading the “What to do with your student experience” gives me some confidence as I make the leap to LA. In the post you mentioned that if you … Continue reading

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Consistent Work

Lucie writes in:
I’ve been doing freelance PA work in the Bay Area for about 7 months now, and have fallen head over heels for the industry. However, I don’t get called enough to make a consistent income to help pay … Continue reading

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Making the Jump

Andrew writes in:
I’ve recently (a month ago) started reading your blog and I’ve got to say it is awesome! It’s such a great resource for information that would otherwise be hidden by the exclusivity of film sets. I also love … Continue reading

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How to Set Up a Courtesy Flag

Have you ever shot in the desert? If you aren’t a road runner or cactus, I don’t recommend it. Especially the last few days in the Los Angeles area.1
It’s a dry heat, sure, but that doesn’t change the fact that … Continue reading

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