EOC 007: Lindsay Adams and “How to become a Production Assistant in Hollywood?”

Production-Assistant-CareerHello CinemaNation!

In this episode of the Elements of Cinema Podcast, I interview Lindsay Adams, a production assistant originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

I have to say I love this pattern I’ve noticed from most of my guests who were not born in Los Angeles and had to move here to follow a dream. Those kind of journeys are always more exciting, and we salute Lindsay for her zeal and passion that brought her to Hollywood.

Here’s the interview:

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Introducing The Elements of Cinema Podcast, featuring Interviews with Filmmakers

Greetings CinemaNation!

Filmmaking Podcast

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I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Elements of Cinema Podcast, a phenomenal resource for both current and future filmmakers as we will explore different professions and careers in the entertainment industry. This will help us break the business apart and then piece it together.

Here’s our introduction episode in which I explain what the show is about:

Note: This episode is only 6 minutes long because it’s just me talking about the show and the goals I have for it. All other episodes will range between 30 minutes to 1 hour in length as our guests have A LOT to share.


What is this Podcast About?

Well, our tagline goes: “Learn Filmmaking from the Pros Living it.” As such, our show will feature interviews with filmmakers and other professionals working in the TV and film industry, which means you will get insights and advice straight from the pros. What else could you ask for?

The emphasis of each interview will on the guests themselves; their journeys, their backgrounds, their successes, their failures, and more. The discussion will be your frame of reference about how the business works, which in turn should guide your filmmaking career and illuminate the obstacles ahead.

So far I have recorded seven interviews that I will be making available to you gradually in the next coming weeks. In the order of release, these are the pros I’ve spoken to so far: Jai Corria (assistant camera/DIT), Jake Katofsky (producer/screenwriter), Shenita Moore (actress/producer), David Rountree (director/producer/screenwriter), Angel Hunter (administrative assistant), Bonnie Gillespie (casting director/producer/author), and Lindsay Adams (production assistant/production coordinator).

Do you see the variety? These amazingly talented experts all come different backgrounds, and they all work in different departments of the business. By talking to them, I learned a lot about their respective careers, successes, struggles, etc. Take a listen to the upcoming interviews, and I promise you, there’s a lot to learn.

If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, I strongly recommend you do so, so that I can keep you in the loop and let you know when a new episode has been released. You may also get the chance to submit your questions to our guests, so please join our mailing list now for that amazing opportunity.


Our Goals and Purposes

As I mentioned in the episode itself, here are my four goals for this endeavor:

1) To teach. I love teaching, which is why I created this blog. The Podcast will allow me learn and then teach things about the business that I really didn’t know much about. Plus, even for the things I know, it’s always better to present topics and concepts as a discussion.

2) To connect. One of the best things about having a blog is the opportunity to connect with and guide  people all over the world. With a podcast, I want to increase this even further by reaching out a different audience. But more importantly, I am hoping that in some cases I will be able to connect guests and listeners to each other. Say, you live in Hollywood, and you are looking for gigs or an internship. Well, I expect that in some cases my guests may take you on board their projects. I can’t promise anything, but I can give it a shot, which is another reason to subscribe to our newsletter, as some of those opportunities will not be broadcast in the blog.

3) To explore the industry. This is a new goal the presented itself as I interviewed my first few guests. What happened was: I learned things about the industry that I didn’t know. Some of it was really nice exciting stuff. For example, when I spoke to Production Coordinator Lindsay Adams (episode 7), I was happy to learn about a 2-Day Production Assistant Bootcamp Crash Course that teaches you the skills you need to know to get a job in the industry as a PA. Priced at $250, I think a course focused like this could actually replace higher education if your goal is to get your foot in the door and climb the rungs of the business. (I have a friend who would argue that nothing replaces the university experience, and he would be right. But maybe you don’t need or want the university experience. Different means for different ends. Know thyself.)

But, on the other hand, I also learned about some frustrating situations such as when I interviewed director-producer David Rountree (episode 5), and he told me about a case in which he had to fire a sound person who, after an altercation with someone on the set, was threatening to delete the sound file he had recorded on set (that’s the audio media for the movie David was making! In other words: irreplaceable assets.)

The more I chat with people, the more I hear things that keep me on the edge of my seat. I often ask my guests about a moment of failure and what they learn from that experience. Those accounts are quite insightful, so stay tuned!

4) To get better at speaking! (That’s no joke.) Of course I can utter sounds, but truth be told, I’ve never considered myself eloquent or articulate. If you listen to the interviews, you will see that I have a long way to go. Luckily, my guests are the stars of the show, not me. In any event, the prophecy is true: the more you practice, the better you become! I think I sound better in my later episodes than I do in the early ones.


Listen to Our First Episode Here

This is Jai on the set of Parks and Recreation.

This is Jai on the set of Parks and Recreation.

Our first guest is Jai Corria. Jai is an Assistant Camera and Digital Imagining Technician with over a decade in the film industry. Jai has worked in big shows like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and NBC’s Parks and Recreation. If you are ready to listen to it, click on the link below to be taken to the episode’s page:

Interview with Jai Corria, Assistant Camera/Digital Imaging Technician


Acknowledgements / Credits

I must thank my dear friend Guillermo Azurdia for composing the music you hear on the show. Thank you, Guillermo, for providing us with some groovy melodies for the intro, outro, and everything in between! If you want to check some of Guillermo’s other works, click here to listen to Jane Astronaut, Guillermo’s band. You can follow Guillermo on Twitter here @adude.


About Podcasts

Because our community spans several locations and age groups, I wanted to take a second to explain what a podcast is in case you don’t know. In a nutshell, a podcast resembles a radio show with audio episodes (MP3 files) being released online  every so often. And because this is the 21st century, this “radio show” is always live in this website and podcast directories (like iTunes or Stitcher) so you can listen to it at any time, day or night, including weekends.

Podcasting is a relatively new medium that is gaining popularity as smartphones become cheaper and the G3 or G4 internet networks become more accessible. You see, most people listen to podcasts on-the-go, usually on the way to work or school, or when doing actives that require little focus, such as folding clothes or cooking rice. You can listen to it from the computer or from your smartphones downloading an app that helps you manage all the different shows you listen to.