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What is the difference between film and television experience? – The Anonymous Production Assistant

At one of our recent Resume Design Webinars, Michael asked if television and film credits should be listed separately.

When creating a production resume, the type of work you have done is far more important than the one for which you did it. Therefore, the first column should be your own job title.

Especially when you start, the difference between a set PA on a movie and a set PA on a single camera show is negligible.1 An office PA on a series has more in common with the office PA on the film next door than the set PA on their own shot.

It’s easier and simpler to put everything together in one summary, no matter where it ends up.

What not to say There are no differences

Movies work slower, daily. They only shoot a few pages a day, sometimes less. At the same time, the entire production will be finished in just a few months.

A day in a TV series is possibly more frenetic, scrambling to finish eight pages before wrapping. But even a short season lasts longer than most movies. And when the show renews, you can work with the same people for years and years.

One is not better than the other.2 It’s all a matter of personal preference, really.

But none of this really affects your resume. If you know how to navigate base camp and not call racial epithets into the Walkie, it’s really important to AD if you’ve been working on a TV show and movie this week. So put all your credits together and make it easy to read.

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Footnotes (↩ goes back to the text)

  1. Of course, I’m mainly talking about single-camera shows. Multi-Cam Shows are another animal.
  2. Commercial and music videos are a whole ‘Nother Ball of Wax, shoot fast in the for a limited time only.

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