[<< wikibooks] Movie Making Manual/Staff/Production Assistant
Production Assistant: Player; (PA) Adam Gelvan was one of the production assistants on the set of Project Greenight's first film, "Stolen Summer." We think his definition of a PA is spot-on: "Think of the ideal movie set as a well-oiled machine. While the large gears perform larger, 'more important' tasks, the smaller gears must perform theirs as well. If one small gear stops working, it will be disastrous for the rest of the machine. I would liken a PA to a small gear. We take care of all the things that allow the large gears (Director, AD, Producer, etc.) to function smoothly and properly." Very diplomatically stated, Adam.