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#1 Jesse Aragon

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:21 PM

So im a student at SDSU majoring in television, film, and New Media and have about a year left of school. As soon as I found this web site about a month ago it has provided me with a wealth of information and pointed me in the right direction. Currently I am reading camera assistant's manual by D. Elkins, Motion picture and Video lighting by Brown, and Cinematography 3rd.ed by K. Malkiewicz and D. Mullen. So I found a posting on craiglist for a PA job for a television pilot (seems to be professional) and they called me earlier so I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what I should look out for, will I be needing anything, etc.? Also the person said it was from 7am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday, I wont be getting paid but I dont care I just want the experience.

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#2 chuck colburn

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:31 PM

So im a student at SDSU majoring in television, film, and New Media and have about a year left of school. As soon as I found this web site about a month ago it has provided me with a wealth of information and pointed me in the right direction. Currently I am reading camera assistant's manual by D. Elkins, Motion picture and Video lighting by Brown, and Cinematography 3rd.ed by K. Malkiewicz and D. Mullen. So I found a posting on craiglist for a PA job for a television pilot (seems to be professional) and they called me earlier so I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what I should look out for, will I be needing anything, etc.? Also the person said it was from 7am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday, I wont be getting paid but I dont care I just want the experience.

thanks
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PA for what? Camera, grip, craft services, etc.
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#3 Jesse Aragon

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:09 PM

PA for what? Camera, grip, craft services, etc.

He didn't specify im guessing random jobs
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#4 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:53 PM

Check the weather to see what sort of clothes you might need - consider it something of a camping trip. Bring some work gloves. Bring an open mind, and a closed mouth. Seriously, there will be all sorts of moments when you could offer an opinion. Don't. Just chill out 'till you get your bearings.
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#5 Danny Haritan

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:33 PM

Get used to working 14-18 hours a day, so start waking up ealier and going to bed earlier.
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#6 Diana Fox

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 11:34 PM

I usually bring at least:

gloves
flashlight-comes in handy every time
tape measure
mini swiss army knife (with scissors)- also realllly useful
small note pad- good for taking food orders & peoples contact info at the end of the day
purell hand sanitizer- you never know
sharpie
water- a ton

even if you don't use all that stuff, people will impressed if you look prepared

this website with free handbook might be helpful:
http://www.noendpres...dtech/index.php
it's just good stuff to know in general

be prepared to do something tedious for a long time, try not to be too discouraged by it

good luck!
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#7 Diana Fox

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 11:42 PM

I know that was a waaaaay late response. perhaps for your future pa jobs.
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