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  •  this is a really cool idea (2+ / 0-)

    the films I mean.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:42:34 PM PST

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      liz dexic, txcatlin

      i loved it

      you can find projects everywhere in the world thru some are just for a day or two, and some of the paid work is for shows that last for years.

      there's a fun book- Breaking and Entering: Land Your First Job in Film Production

      it's a great resource, and it's fun to read. i brought it w/ me my first day on a set because it was full of great info. i had read it a bunch of times, but i still wanted to have it w/ me.

      there was someone on the crew who knew even less than i did- some of the language they use on sets is hard to pick up. i thought it would be easier than me trying to keep explaining things. i gave the book to the guyand showed him the glossary. one of the producers waked by and said "hey guys- you already did!"

      it was published in 1997, but i 'm pretty sure it's all still good info- like here's something in the book you'd never know unless you worked on a set: those wooden boxes they have people or things on? those are called apples. or quarter apples. or half apples.

      another thing in the book was to have a kit you bring full of everything you think someone could need in a pinch- one thing i'm sure we won't need is a roll of quarters for payphones! i remember that being on the list. i would bring all the cell phone chargers i could get my hands on.

      the writer said a PA"s job is to say "yes." when people come to you to solve a problem or go get something, you're supposed to say yes, and then get it done, even if you're not sure how to get it done. noone wants to have to talk you into doing something or explain why it needs to be done.

      i almost always said yes. the one time i said no was when they wanted me to try and figure out how to disassemble the lift mechanism in a funeral home back room. that i refused. it turned out i was right- the DP (director of photography- lead camera guy) told me we ddn't need to do it. he could get the effect w/ different camera angles. he agreed w/ me it was stupid to mess w/ the funeral home owner's property like that.

      someday i want to start doing it again- now i'm into working for free on campaigns. people have offered to pay me to do that already, but i like to volunteer my time to people i really want to help. i make enough at my jobs to pay the bills.

      when word got out that i was being offered paid jobs on local campaigns, my friend tried to pay me to keep working for him, but i said no. then he said how about if there's money left over at the end of the campaign? i said no- they he might make spending decisions differently if he were trying to have money left over at the end.

      "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

      by thankgodforairamerica on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:21:59 AM PST

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