Maybe you’re new to filmmaking. Maybe you don’t know which aspect to explore first. Maybe you’re dying to get involved, but are embarrassed because you don’t know the first thing about making a movie.
Can you walk and talk? If the answer is yes, we’re not only willing to have you on our crew, we need you.
From the crew’s point of view, Production Assistants are the main source of information on a film set. It’s an entry-level job, but an important one. Each day, good PA’s arm themselves with as much information as they can get their hands on – call sheets and shooting schedules, the moment-to-moment whereabouts of every key crew member and the cast, where the bathrooms are, and where and at what time the crew will be eating lunch – and each day they are relied upon to convey that information to everyone who asks. Despite being at the bottom of the film industry food chain, they are expected to know everything and if you do, it can pay off in all kinds of opportunities to learn and network your way to a better job.
Read on to see the PA Checklist…
The PA checklist
At the beginning of each shoot day, arm yourself with the following items:
How to spend your day
See? You’re qualified! That’s it. It’s a simple job, but an exhausting one. Then again, 12-hour shooting days are exhausting for everyone, aren’t they? Don’t worry, you’ll catch up on sleep on your day off.