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Working as a Production Assistant | Virtual Workshop | May 22, 2021

Working as a Production Assistant

Virtual Workshop


Working as a Production Assistant in the Film Industry


Working as a production assistant (“PA” for short, a.k.a. “gofer”) has long been considered the entry point for many professional careers in the entertainment industry. This workshop will put the entry-level role in the spotlight! You’ll come behind the scenes to hear about the plentiful, sometimes painful tasks that PAs (including office PAs, additional PAs, walkie PAs, paperwork PAs, background PAs, first team, PAs and key PAs) are asked to do so the show can go on. Instructor Daniel Scarpati will also briefly elaborate on the freelance lifestyle and explain why he believes that success in showbiz is all about who you don’t know. Q&A throughout.

The session is now full. However, you can still register to get the workshop recording!

Instructor: Daniel Scarpati

Daniel on Set by John Moustakas
Photo by John Moustakas, I.A.T.S.E. Local 52

Daniel Scarpati is an award-winning filmmaker and the owner-operator of Passing Planes Productions LLC in Queens, NY. After graduating from CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Film Production & TV/Radio, Daniel worked as a PA on dozens of primetime TV shows, feature films, documentaries and commercials. He shares many of his most memorable experiences from years on set and other life lessons in his nonfiction book, “Gofers: On the Front Lines of Film and Television. Daniel now works as a freelance videographer, camera operator and A/V technician while also developing his first feature film. Keep up-to-date with him online at!

What You Get:

  • Large excerpt from Daniel’s book, “Gofers: On the Front Lines of Film and Television” (check out our full review!)
  • PDF list of helpful resources for fledgling filmmakers (training programs, podcasts, blogs, etc.)
  • Certificate of completion
  • 1.5 hours of  education

What You Need to Bring:

  • Your favorite method of taking notes
  • Questions!


Key Members – $10 per student
Regular – $20 per student

Date & Time

Saturday May 22, 2020 | 8:30am – 10:00am PST

**Session is now full. If you purchase this course you will receive the recording of the workshop as well as the teacher’s contact information. You will not be able to attend the Zoom session.**


Anywhere with a solid internet connection, it’s virtual! The course will be hosted on Zoom. Further connection details will be sent once you are a student.

The session is now full. However, you can still register to get the workshop recording!

If you have any questions you can email us directly at

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