Production Assistant?

A production assistant, also known as a PA, is a job title used in filmmaking and television for a person responsible for various aspects of a production. The jobs of a PA vary greatly.

Some production assistants play a pivotal role in production (more often in television), performing tasks such as editing, writing, graphics coordinator, and assistant director.

Other production assistants may be relegated to odd jobs and various administrative tasks (more often in filmmaking), such as stopping traffic, acting as couriers, getting items from craft service,filing, photocopying, typing/Word processing, taking/making telephone calls and organising the diary for the day. Production assistants on films are often attached to individual actors or filmmakers.

In television and film, production assistants are sometimes divided into two categories or more: “office PAs” or “set PAs”. Other variations exist depending on a show’s structure.

Office PAs spend most hours in the respective show’s production office handling such tasks as phones, deliveries, lunch pick ups, script copies, and other tasks. This should not be confused with a “Production Coordinator”, who works closely with lead producers in scheduling the crew, regulating purchase orders and payments, among other tasks. “Production Coordinators” are required to join “I.A.T.S.E”, whereas no union yet exists for PAs. It should also not be confused with “Writer’s Assistant”, who works exclusively with writers in the writer’s room.

Set PAs work directly on the respective production, whether on location or on a sound stage. They report to the Second Assistant Director (Second AD) and less often the First Assistant Director (First AD). Set PAs usually work 10- to 16-hour days and are regularly the “first to arrive and the last to leave”.

Duties can interchange, such as an “Office PA” working on location if an extra hand is needed, or a “Set PA” working in the office on hiatus weeks when the physical production is shut down.

Pay varies widely depending on the type of television show or film production, but standard rates in film usually range from 100-150 dollars a day. On a television show, pay ranges from $8 an hour with overtime, to flat fees of 500-650 dollars a week, including or excluding possible overtime.

Benefits are conferred depending on where a PA is employed.





Volunteers fit new windows at The Sumac Centre in Nottingham, UK.

Volunteers fit new windows at The Sumac Centre in Nottingham, UK.

A volunteer is someone who works for free for a community or for the benefit of natural environment primarily because they choose to do so. The word comes from Latin, and can be translated as “will” (as in doing something out of ones own free will). Many serve through a non-profit organization – sometimes referred to as formal volunteering, but a significant number also serve less formally, either individually or as part of a group.

By definition, a volunteer worker does not get paid or receive compensation for services rendered other than reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.


The word student is etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb “stŭdērĕ”, meaning “to direct one’s zeal at”; hence a student could be described as ‘one who directs zeal at a subject’. In its widest use, “student” is used for anyone who is learning.


A housewife is a wife whose prime occupation is to care for her family and home. An at-home-mom refers to any mother fulfilling this role, including single mothers and mothers who have not married their partners. A househusband is a husband who fulfills the same role. The term homemaker can be used for anyone who fulfills this role, whether male or female, married or unmarried, parent or not.

Many men and some women view that this is the natural, appropriate and most fulfilling role for women, though it should be noted that traditionally homemaking has been mostly restricted to middle and higher class women, as rural and working class women have always had to work to sustain their families.

—taken from wikipedia


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s