A friend of mine wrote in response to yesterday’s post:
What’s the difference between a grip and a PA?
A PA can spell “grip.”
Now, I like grips, but I had to laugh at that.
It’s strange how making fun of each other is a way of bonding on set. People are constantly busting each others’ chops. Within a department, between departments, up the chain, down, whatever. And man, you should hear what our writer’s assistant says to the showrunner.
Just the other day, my boss showed me a picture of his kids. I said, “Cute. Take after their mother, do they?” He gave me a little swat on the back of the head, but was clearly amused.
Why does this work? Shouldn’t I be fired for something like that?
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On a completely unrelated topic, you should check out the On Set Podcast. It’s a great little program where they interview real crew working on real movies and TV shows. It’s fairly new, so there’s only a couple of episodes yet, but still worth checking out.
They actually asked to interview me at one point, but I said I needed one of those voice modifier things. They felt that wouldn’t fit well with the general tone of their podcast. Alas, you’ll have to wait until they find some other exceptionally eloquent and erudite PA to interview.