May 3, 2015 at 2:51PM

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What gear should a Set PA have when s/he first steps on set?

So I am currently going into my senior year at film school, and am trying to work as a PA in LA this summer. I have some money saved up, and am trying to buy some essential gear to have on set. I just don't have enough money right now to buy all the essentials I have been compiling. Do any of you have any suggestions on which are the most important up front? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks guys.

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•Wear Comfortable Shoes - (You'll be on your feet all day.)
•Note Pad and Pen - (You may need to make a run and write a list down)
•A Map or GPS of the area that you're filming at. - (When you make runs or need to get something for the set, you'll want to know where you are going.)
•Gloves - (To protect your hands from dirt, water, etc. You never know what someone will have you do.)
•A Multi-Tool - (These things are an essential on set.)
•Sharpie - (To label with.)
•Flashlight
•Sunscreen & Bug Spray - (You never know where you will be filming and for how long.)

If you find yourself in the grip department:

•3 Prong Adapter
•Clothes pens - (C-47s) to hand to gaffer, or gel lights.
•A Cheap Circuit Tester
•Gaffer's Tape

It also never hurts to purchase a slate.

-Devin

May 5, 2015 at 12:11PM, Edited May 5, 12:14PM

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Devin Edwards
Director / Producer
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Hey Devin,
Thank for your reply! This is super helpful. Thank you so much.

May 8, 2015 at 1:21PM

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Shaeden Gallegos
Marketing Coordinator at RED DIGITAL CINEMA
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Coffee for your department head and a smile for everyone else. Also if you want to be a super PA bring anything you would have on your own. if you have a viewfinder bring it. The dp might not have one and it be a quick way to get on a first name bases. Ever time on a film set think if you mess up it will be your last mistake. Always ask questions and if you are unsure DO NOT DO IT! Let some one else make the mistake. Creating is really really really hard so do not prevent the creatives from working. You are a tool to make their ( the creatives) vision happen. One day you can man the directors chair, but today you are the grunt.

May 6, 2015 at 7:13PM

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Jesse Cardoza
D.o.P./ Camera Department/Gaffer/Multimedia Producer
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Jesse,
I really appreciate your input! Thank you for the inspiration.

May 8, 2015 at 1:22PM

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Shaeden Gallegos
Marketing Coordinator at RED DIGITAL CINEMA
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