PA Nation

A term used for any group of Film Production Assistants working on a set.


Variations of speed and timing within a finished video. Relates to a combination of script, video, voiceover, and music. Sometimes a video might seem too fast, or too slow – adjusted throughout the post-production process. See ‘breathing’. You’re always invited to comment on the pacing of your film.

Paper / Fly

The act of posting signage at a specific location or in a neighborhood to alert people that filming will be happening in the area and when. This step is part of pre-production and occurs after the city or county has granted the required location permit. Insider lingo.

Payroll Job

Being hired as a temporary or permanent employee and put on the payroll. This means that appropriate taxes will be deducted from your compensation.