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Every film production is a complex machine of people, equipment, and resources, and one of the most valuable roles on set is that of the production assistant. This entry-level position provides support to assistant directors, production office, or assigned department head, and will expose you to virtually every aspect of the production process.  In this module, we’re going to explore the role of the production assistant.


  • 31:36 video detailing the duties and responsibilities of the production assistant
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • The role of the production assistant
  • The difference between a set PA and an office PA
  • How to get hired as a PA
  • Pay scale and working hours
  • Do and do-nots of on set behaviour
  • On-set etiquette
The videos are a big leap forward for contemporary classroom videos, utilizing clean greenscreen, working professionals and 16:9. The film is well-paced and will be a great addition to classroom instruction. It is designed and constructed in ways both interesting and accessible to student filmmakers. I hope to utilize the material in my classroom!”
   - Tom Dunphy, Orange-Ulster BOCES