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A new podcast by, for, and about the crew.
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What is this podcast about?

You can find interviews of actors and actresses on any TV channel, radio station, and website in the world. Directors and, to a lesser extent, writers must also face the onslaught of press junkets whenever their films are released.

But when was the last time you heard a member of the crew interviewed? Possibly never.

That's why I'm creating the Crew Call: The Below-the-Line Podcast.

I'll interview the unheralded crew members that toil below-the-line (which is Hollywood speak for anybody who's not a writer, director, producer, or actor). Not just the department heads (although they're obviously very important); I'll talk to everyone from assistant editors to art directors to rigging grips.

Do you know what a gaffer gaffs? What a best boy is best at? What a production accountant counts? Listen to Crew Call and find out!

For those of you new to the business, it’ll be a great way to learn what everybody does. For more experienced listeners, it’ll still be a great way to learn what everybody does. ‘Cause let’s face it, you have no idea, do you?

Yeah, but who are you?

I'm The Anonymous Production Assistant, also known as TAPA. I've been blogging about working as a PA in Hollywood for the last six years. I tell stories, offer advice, pontificate on the state of the industry, and occasionally bring people together.

The New York Times has recommended my blog; so has LA Magazine. I've been interviewed by NPR and LA Women.

And while I've learned a lot about the film and television business over the years, I'm smart enough to know that I don't know everything.

The impetus for this podcast was my own desire to meet and learn from the talented crafts people and artists who work behind-the-scenes on every movie you've ever enjoyed.

What's all this money for?

While this is a great democratization of an old medium, podcasting still isn't free. I'll need to purchase a microphone, new software, and, most importantly, more bandwidth. It's pretty basic, and with your support, I think we can make something great.

The amount we're asking for will allow us to create 26 episodes, which I'm calling the first season, because I work in television. The episodes will begin airing within a few weeks of the end of the campaign, and will run until November.

Risks and challenges

Creating a weekly podcast is a new experience for me. I'll have to book guests, conduct interviews, and edit them down to a manageable length.

It seems like a daunting task; but then, writing a blog post every day seemed ridiculous when I started TAPA. I was sure I'd run out of ideas in six months; it's now been six years.

Fulfilling incentives will be a new challenge; I've never offered physical goods on TAPA before. However, I know several people who have run successful Kickstarter campaigns, and I'll get plenty of advice on how to make sure you receive what was promised in a timely fashion.

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    A hardy, personalized thank-you note on the TAPA website.

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    All of the above, plus you'll also get early updates about who's going to be on the show, and the opportunity to choose the questions I'll be asking.

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    In addition to the above, I'll create a resume database exclusively for backers. You can post your resume on The Anonymous Production Assistant's website, which is visited by around 12,000 unique visitors per month.

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    All of the above, plus an exclusive T-shirt just for backers. (Black, naturally, for all those days you're shooting on sets with lots of reflections.) On the front will be the Crew Call logo; on the back: "Meet the people who actually make the movie."

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    All of the above rewards, plus, you'll get to CHOOSE a guest to be interviewed! Have you ever wondered how the make-up artist of your favorite monster movie created those effects? Do you want to hear from a favorite cinematographer? Maybe you just want to know what the boom operator sounds like, since he never talks on set. Well, now's your chance to find out! (Always assuming I can get them to agree to be on the show; you may have to give me a top three.)

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    You'll get all of the above rewards, plus, at the completion of the first season of Crew Call, you'll receive an exclusive USB drive that contains every interview of the first season (26 episodes). The drive will include not only the published episodes, but the raw interviews themselves.

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