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Sunday, November 18th, 2018

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Production Assistant Gear Essentials


Production Assistant Gear Essentials

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We don’t want you looking like a rookie out there with the Micky D’s headset. Get yourself a surveillance mic!

 

You will need a Black, Red, and Green Sharpie at any moment! But at the very least Just make sure you have a black Sharpie!

 

Please don’t ever let your phone die on set! Be able to charge your phone without trying to find power or bothering an Electrician or Sound person to charge your phone somewhere.



A lot of PA’s need help organizing everything they need to carry on them at all times – callsheets, sides, hot bricks, walkie, sharpies, pens, comtecks, and some other things. They use tool pouches and tool belts.

 

 

 

You might be on an Indie film and you might be a Grip PA, maybe locations PA. Sometimes Set PAs could use some gloves, and a Leatherman tool too. Grips and Electricians definitely need these, even Assistant Camera folk need these.

 

It will rain! Please get proper boots so, your feet stay dry. Those rainy days are not easy, especially with cold wet socks and shoes.

 

Rain pants and a poncho will go a very long way when it is torrential downpour. It does happen and you need waterproof clothing. Don’t get stuck at an exterior lock-up without proper rain cover.

 

Getting to Winter gear – you need to layer up. Layers of fleece will make you happy and warm.

 

Let’s be honest – a good winter jacket that keeps you warm for hours is a hard find. We love Columbia. It’s affordable and it gets the job done for those exterior winter shots.

 

Higher end – everyone on set has them, but those people also have higher wages than a PA. If you think you can afford a Canada Goose Jacket – do it. They are hella warm, and you won’t regret getting one. Save up!

 


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