When referring to a film or TV set, this term stands for production assistant. This person is technically the assistant to the first assistant director, however, they generally serve any of the department heads to carry out any tasks they need. This position is the lowest on the totem pole. PA’s can be asked to do any general task. This could involve working directly on set, or performing menial work like getting coffee. If you are looking to work on set or in production, becoming a PA is one of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door. Most accomplished film directors started out as a PA.
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