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How to Be a PA – a production assistant’s survival guide to finding and keeping film work

This article is from New England Film.

“You’ve just graduated film school, or maybe you’ve just set out like the gold diggers toward California. You figure you will crank out a script that will blow doors open or direct a short film that will have agents lining up outside your Studio City apartment. Then you get off the plane and realize the taxi driver has the same plan.

That’s when you start to thinking about flying back to New England and if you are fresh out of film school — or just wanting to break into the movie making business — that job will most likely be working as a freelance production assistant (PA). This is a guide based on my own experiences in the field.” Read rest of article.


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  • Film School March 9, 2009, 5:59 AM

    Very well written blog!:)

  • Filmmaking Stuff March 10, 2009, 7:40 AM

    I started as a PA and it opened doors to every single accomplishment since!