Tuesday, December 11, 2007
No this isn't Crunch's latest exercise class- although you could strengthen your abs by dodging cell phone while holding hot cups of coffee.
It's an actual course you can take to learn how to, among other things, dodge cell phones while holding hot cups of coffee.
It's a two or three day course on how to do an entry level job. The job is totally basic- someone asks you to do something and you do it right away. No complaints or questions asked.
They teach you things like walkie talkie speak and what different items are on the grip truck.
Maybe that is useful. I remember hearing and retelling the joke on set, "How many PA's does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Answer: "What's a light bulb?"
But isn't that part of being a PA? Learning on the job? You pay me low wages for long hours and I'll run around and do the crappiest of jobs.
If you are going to spend $300 and two days- what about an actual film course? I'm sure they will cover some basics there too.
The prices are:
2 Day Intensive Weekend Course - $250.00
3-Day " Relaxed " Course During the Week - $350.00
All this can get you a job that can pay you up to $100 a day! Where do I sign up? And should I take a class on how to sign up for classes?
But if they "school" can promise job placement, then any amount of money is worth breaking into the business.
I started out as an intern on an after school special. I worked mainly in the office. My first day on set I asked someone what time they thought we'd finish, "What the fuck? We finish we get all the shots. What the fuck?! IS this your first time on a set?" Well yes.
Under a list of duties they do list "out times." See, right there I would've known. They also list Crafty vs. Catering (NO! they are NOT "the same).
Maybe if I took a course, I would've known that and saved a little bit of embarrassment. But i was working on the short film for free so I was allowed to be stupid because in exchange for doing paper work, I learned what it means to work on an actual film and it lead to other jobs and a cool wrap party.
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