|setting up the reverse dolly shot. hope i don't kill him.|
On Saturday, I was a production assistant for UCB's Diamonds Wow shoot. I was a little nervous cus I had never PAed before. Not to be dramatic, but what if I killed someone?!
My friend Dave said that being a PA is really easy and all I had to do was follow directions.
I'm sorry, what'd you say? I wasn't paying attention.
I showed up to the shoot bright and early on Saturday morning . The first thing the director asked me to do was LAV up the actors. Being the professional that I am, I said "Sure!" and waited till he left the room to say, "Um, what's a LAV?"
Luckily, there was another PA who was nice enough to show me the ropes. In fact, everyone on the set was really nice and helpful. I don't have any photos of them but that doesn't mean I killed them, okay?
I learned that a production assistant is responsible for:
1. Setting up sound and putting the mics on actors. You want to conceal the mic so you have to go up the actor's shirt or down their pants. Note: do not tape mic to a man's chest hair. It will really hurt.
2. Holding traffic- when you're shooting outside, you make sure that cars don't pass by and kill the actors. I did a pretty good job except for one guy who tried to run us over and gave everyone the bird.
3. Watching guys move furniture- what I lack in upper arm strength I make up for in striking the set. And by striking the set, I mean eating leftover pizza.
My favorite part of the shoot was shadowing the director. (I hope he didn't think I was trying to kill him.) I tried to digest as much as I could and learn about the technical aspects as well as the creative side like giving acting notes or deciding where the unicorn poster should go.
|important set piece|
All in all, it was such a fun experience. Especially the part when no one died.