Tag Archives: production coordinator

Working at a Rental Place

Sorry, no Crew Call episode today. We conducted an interview, but the recording got messed up.1 Instead, here’s a regular ol’ blog post.
Lana writes in:
I currently work at a camera rental house and am constantly in communication with production coordinators … Continue reading

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10 Responses to Lies I Get Told on Set

A New Orleans-based coordinator responded to Thursday’s post, and I felt it was worth calling everyone’s attention to:
10. I mostly rent PAs cars. When I ask for a personal vehicle to be used, you either get mileage or gas paid … Continue reading

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Let Me Get Back to You II

It’s the last week to buy your TAPA T-shirt! Wear it to the next TAPArty.
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Last week, I wrote a post titled Let Me Get Back to You.
Reader Sam (an assistant production supervisor, so you should listen to him)1 … Continue reading

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Let Me Get Back To You

There’s certain key phrases every PA should know: “Yes.” (Except when the answer is No.) “It won’t happen again.” “It’s Thursday. Yes, payroll checks are coming today.”
Here’s another one to add to your quiver: “I’ll look into that.”
Just like your … 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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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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I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know

Every boss wants you to be proactive, to take care of things without checking with them every five minutes, to figure things out for yourself.
Except, of course, when they don’t.
Every once in awhile, I run into a situation like the … Continue reading

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How to Get Coordinator Contact Info (This Title Is Very Misleading)

Jackie writes in:
Any advice on how best to get the contact info for a production coordinator of a specific show?
Generally, it’s a know-someone-who-knows-someone kind of deal.
Think about it. If you have something that a lot of people want (a job … Continue reading

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What the Hell Are Purchase Orders?

A PA who shall remain nameless (for soon-to-be-obvious reasons) writes in:
I’m PAing for my first big production, and my coordinator just told me that since we don’t have open accounts yet, I should use POs for the stuff we order. … Continue reading

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Applying for a Job While You Have a Job

Nick writes in:
I’m nervous to apply to some shows because the company I work for may do work with said show. Have you ever had a circumstance where you applied to a job where someone was connected with your current … Continue reading

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