Camera Production Assistant
Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:01 PM
Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:28 PM
If you want to get in 600 though, starting as a camera PA may not be the best thing. They used to let you use your PA hours to get your foot in, but it now has changed. As I understand, only "Loading" hours count now, and you need hard evidence that you worked those hours. Like pay stubs AND letters form the first AC/ DP. It took my friend 3 years to join in that way . . .
Also, you may want to think about the fact that as a camera PA you'll rarely get to even look through the viewfinder, let alone operate, unless all the camera department is wiped out at once and you are the last man standing and the director wants to roll NOW. Since you say that you have being operating and DP'ing for the last couple of years, I would imagine it would be very frustrating not to be able to do the things you are used to as a DP/ operator.
Personally, that is why I only AC on (short) commercials. But, of course, you may be OK with that. Do expect to climb the ladder for a good ten years to be an operator AFTER you get in the union and pay all the fees as you move up . . .
Edited by Saul Rodgar, 24 March 2008 - 12:30 PM.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:16 PM
Since you say that you have been operating and DP'ing for the last couple of years, I would imagine it would be very frustrating not to be able to do the things you are used to as a DP/ operator.