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6/24/09 at 9:12am
Life is weird. I turned down the teaching spot in order to stay at home with Miss K. They asked me if I was willing to take care of ordering the new equipment in exchange for a stipend. I get a budget of $30,000 and they pay me 5% for my effort. Cool!
I get home and there's a message from a friend wondering if I want to teach an extra credit course in film history at the local arts High School. It's a sixteen week course with fifteen students. I take that job so between that and the ordering of the new equipment my money is taken care of for the year plus, since it's night class, I get to stay home with my daughter during the day.
If you are looking to work in production, then you simply have to start applying to be a PA on films in your area. Not to be mean, but really, no one in production cares if you have made a short film or not (please, do not drop off a DVD with your reel, no one is going to watch it). Also, no matter how many indie or short films you have made, if you haven't worked in the local production circles you are still going to have start off as a PA.
Just start putting in your resume and take what comes along.
If you go back a few pages you can see where we gave Harley advice as well. The same still applies.
Sorry if that came off cold or mean, but its just the best straight advice I can give you.
I just read this entire thread, kinda hoping that it'd crush my spirit and I'd give up.
For the last couple of years, I've been working at a local independent production company, working on anything from a corporate conference to a nationally broadcast commercial. Mostly, I've been in post, as an associate editor. But I've also been the go-to production assistant whenever they could use me.
Sadly, shit has dried up since the start of the year and...and here's where you guys might come in.
I have no idea how to move up. I have no idea where to go next. I'm an experienced Final Cut Pro user and I'm quite fond of post-production, but I'm also the first person to admit a very seldomly admitted fact:
I don't know shit, but I'm willing to bust my ass in order to learn.
This applies to anything.
I just don't know where to start, especially here in NC. I've had no guidance and have hardly any contacts. I don't even know what my resume is supposed to look like.
I just know I'm willing to bust my ass.
So tomorrow is my last day at my (non film related) job, and then the start of trying to get a job as a PA or helper here in Vancouver starts. I guess I`m just going to head over or call a bunch of production offices and ask if they need any help. My resume looks a little bleek considering I have yet to work on anything film related, but I`m willing to learn and work hard. Their seems to be a bunch of productions going on at the moment or starting up in a few weeks, they are all Motion Pictures or TV series. I just wish there was a place to look for lower budget films, I`ve been looking at craigslist every day but no luck.
Do you have your Set Etiquette and Protocol class and your flag certificate? Those are the big things that a production company will need if you're looking at PA work on a professional gig.
Also, it's rare that work on a non-union gig will get you in the door. They need some proof that you can work on a hierarchy based set. IATSE and/or DGC gigs are the only way they have of knowing that.
|I didn't know it that hard to get in touch with LM/ALMs, and when I ask if I can drop off a Resume the PA`s who answer the phones are like no please fax or email it. I managed to drop off my resume at a couple production offices even though the Locations people weren't present at the time, the office PA`s took them. I'm going to head to Vancouver Film Studios in a couple of days, they have a number of productions going on. Although I heard it`s not that easy for a kid who is just dropping off resumes to just waltz through the security gates.
Anyways, it`s only been a day so I look forward to hounding more offices with my resume.