How to Become a Production Assistant

A new book entitled "Gofers" provides insight into this crucial film industry role

There are endless books about directing movies, but it’s rare to see a dedicated guide for film crews. “Gofers: On the Front Lines of Film and Television” is a new book that is entirely focused on the production assistant role in the film industry. And because of how specific it is, every line in the book becomes precious advice for any up and coming PA.

The author of the book, Daniel Scarpati, is a New York-based filmmaker and camera operator. He graduated from CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College before jumping into a career as a production assistant. His insight into the PA job is all too familiar for anyone who already works as a PA, but for anyone on the cusp of joining the film industry, this book should be required reading.

Read the full interview on CineD - How to Avoid Burnout as a Production Assistant – Interview with “Gofers” Author Daniel Scarpati

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