Category: pA Basics – Start Here

Video lighting basics – understanding electricity

Lighting is what separates the men from the boys when it comes to video and film production. Understanding lighting and using it properly is a talent that takes time to learn. As we make our way down this path we will all experience different instruments that will help us turn our darkened scene into a […]

How to handle yourself in front of celebrities

I see it happen quite a bit. An intern or a PA will find themselves working on a set with a celebrity and they immediately come unglued. “Oh my God!!!! I’m your biggest fan! Can I get a picture with you? Please!!!” That phrase above, or anything like it, can be a real stinger to […]

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You did the work – now it’s time to get paid. It all starts with an invoice.

You spent the day running cables, moving c-stands, lifting heavy cases and possibly getting coffee. Then you sit around and wait to be called on to run more cables, move more c-stands and lift more heavy cases. After it’s all over you spend the rest of your time wrapping cables, putting away gear and cleaning up. Now it’s time to get paid – so how do you get the cash that you deserve? It all starts with an invoice.

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Freelancing etiquette: working with people that you don’t know

Being a new freelancer can be exciting and challenging. Here’s some quick tips to start your life as a freelance production dude.

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Your PA backpack – what to bring with you to the set

It is important to be prepared for any situation so try to keep a backpack loaded with the stuff that you need to survive the grueling workload of a PA. This article highlights the things that are essential for you to bring with you each and every day while on set.

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Never turn down work

Never pass up an opportunity because you’re too good for it. You will always learn something new.

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Follow your leader – the easiest way to stay out of trouble while on set

Who makes up a typical crew? This article will illustrate the hierarchy behind a typical video or film production and will give you some insight into the proper protocol to follow when on set.

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When you don’t know what you’re doing – just ask.

Never feel intimidated by what you don’t know, especially if you’re new to the business. Simply ask questions to learn the proper way to accomplish your task. You will be surprised by how receptive the crew can be to answering questions that you might think are “stupid.”

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The art of wrapping cable

Learning how to wrap cables is usually the first thing a new crew member learns. It is a skill that is universal in the production community and may help keep your apartment tidy as well.

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Start here

This website is the gateway to video and film production. These posts are the basics of the industry and are geared towards anyone with an interest in video and film production. This is not meant to replace college, film school, or the school of hard knocks . . . but to enhance your learning experience.

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