Julie writes in:
Do office PAs also work 12 hour days? I was under the impression this was only for set PAs, but have heard otherwise recently, so I’d love some clarification.
You have been sadly misinformed. Office PAs certainly do work 12 hours. The late shift PA can work far longer, if the shoot goes long. The morning and middle shifts tend to be capped at twelve hours; they don’t want to pay overtime if they don’t have to.
Set PAs, on the other hand, work for as long as the company is shooting. You’re there from the moment the teamsters open up the trailers, until they lock up and roll out again. If the AD knows it’s going to be an exceptionally long day, the set PAs will be staggered, too, but generally, they’re still working more than twelve on any given day.