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12Point Beats out ‘Gladiator’ — errr Part 1?

Haha. So… I love this movie called Gladiator. Have you heard of it? I think it’s awesome. I have a freakin framed Gladiator poster on my wall. Anyway… I was about to make a new post on the site when I saw I had a draft in my inbox. Apparently I drank too much over the holidays and started an article but never finished it. Here it is… Part 1 of my drunken Gladiator Breakdown. When will part 2 happen? Probably the next time I get drunk and decide to watch Gladiator.

Enjoy————————— drunken run on sentences and all.

Alone, House-sitting for the Holidays. Decided to start drinking some bourbon. Gladiator comes on HBO. Oh snap. Gladiator is one of my favorite movies of all time. I decided to get out a pen and paper and actually try and figure out why I love this movie so much. So here it goes. Enjoy.

Within the first 3 minutes of the film you love the main character. Maximus walks through his army and you can tell his men love him. He is a leader. He is awesome. You already want him to win without even hearing him talk. When he does talk, we love him even more. He’s confident. He gives the calvary a pep talk and jokes about going to the afterlife. Again, his men love him, so we love him.

Then we have an awesome battle scene. This battle gives us the tone of the film. It’s going to be realistic, and bloody. This battle is epic and we’re suddenly falling in love. We’re losing ourselves and soon we’re in the movie, rooting for our main character to kill all the barbarians. We’re out for blood.

The beginning of the film sets up all the main characters. We have Maximus, our Hero. This guy named Commodus. We don’t necessarily know he’s bad, but we automatically don’t like him because he’s being negative about his father dying as soon as we see him. We see Commodus’ sister Lucilla. We see our dear Emperor Proximo. We see the relationship between Proximo and Maximus. A relationship that fuels the hate between our antagonist and protagonist.

We learn our Hero’s wants and desires. All he wants is to go home to his wife and children. He doesn’t want to fight, he wants to farm. But… being the story it is, we know this isn’t going to happen. Something bad has to happen to spin our character into Act 2.

We have our call to action. Proximo tells Maximus that he is going to be the heir. He wants Maximus to be the emperor. But NO! Our character has to refuse the call to action. This happens in every good movie. The refusal of the call. But, something I learned about movies is, our hero has to decide to go. Our hero has to DECIDE himself to accept the call. This is a problem I really struggle with in writing, but it’s very important.

Maximus does accept the call to action, but it’s a very small part of the film. Maximus tells his friend Cicero “We may not be able to go home after all.” This shows that after all the debate, Maximus has reasoned with the greater good and realized that Commodus can not become the emperor. HE has to become the emperor. BUT NO! Nothing is ever easy in movieland.


And that’s where I passed out. I didn’t even finish the movie.  I really doubt there is going to be a part 2.

[Update: This post gets a lot of hits… only because of the word “gladiator” searched in google. I’m sorry for everyone who came here looking for something else.]

Production Assistant Pay [Updated]

The only thing a PA is missing is the Y – Anonymous

How much does a Production Assistant get paid? — seems to be a recurring question, so I’ll answer it: NOT MUCH!

PAs don’t get paid hourly.  A PA gets paid on a “per-day” day rate, based on a 12 hour day.  Day rates depend on the type of show you’re working on. On average, in Los Angeles, the PA day rate is around $125 a day. A day rate is good, because if you work 6 hours instead of 12, you will still get paid for a full day. Those days are rare, and you will more likely be working over 12 hours, most of the time. For more information on how a day rate works, check out TAPAs post on the subject.

Commercials and Music Video’s tend to pay more than Movies and TV, but you don’t work as long. I’ve been a PA on a couple photo shoots that pay a day rate of $250, but the shoots only last 1-2 days.  I’ve also worked as a PA on a couple commercials that pay a day rate of $200, but those shoots were only a few days long as well.  If you’re on a movie or TV show, you could be getting paid $125 a day for a few months. This is what I am currently trying to do…  and it’s a pain in the ass.

You’ll find that most industry jobs don’t do “pay by the hour”.  It’s either by the day, week, or job.

Ask any questions in the comments section, and I’ll be glad to answer them to the best of my ability.


So I just recently worked on a feature and figured out a little more on how we’re paid.

On this feature I was making $112 a day, with a guaranteed 12 hour day. So even if I only worked 10 hours instead of 12, I would still get paid for the full 12 hours.

Now on paper this breaks down to $8/hr for the first 8 hours. After 8 hours you get time and a half for the next 4 hours. So I’d be getting paid $8/hr for 8 hours and $12/hr for 4 hours. That makes the $112/12 day rate. Anything I work after 12 hours is double time, which would be $16 an hour.

Now on this feature I was working 6 day weeks. So my “6th day” rate is time and a half for every hour. So I would make $12/hr for the first 12 hours and then $16/hr for anything after 12.

I also got one $7 meal penalty per day. Basically you have to be fed 6 hours after your call time. Because I am a PA, I always have a pre-call. Which means If the call time for crew is at 8am, I’ll probably have a call time for 7am. When we break for lunch at 2pm, it’s been 7 hours of work for me before lunch… which means I get a meal penalty. It’s not much… but on a 6 day week that’s $42 extra in the bank.

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