Michael Pitt is a Production Manager with over 70 credits in film and television, including Ocean’s 8, Person of Interest, Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City movies 1 and 2, I am Legend, The Devil wears Prada, 30 Rock, and more. He has had multiple roles on set, including Production Assistant, Second second Assistant Director, Second Assistant Director, First Assistant Director, and Production Manager.
In this episode, we talk about:
How he went from $500 a week on a Friday to $2,500 a week the following Monday
How bitterness of a lost job led him to huge life lesson
Discussions on plans to resume filming with the threat of COVID
How to network, follow up and meet people in the industry
A breakdown of various role responsibilities, including PA (Production Assistants), AD (Assistant Director), Second Second AD, Second AD, First AD, and Production Managers.
Starting as a Production Assistant for $30 a day at 16 years old on the comedy, Disorderlies starring Ralph Bellamy and the rap group, The Fat Boys.
Process to get into the Director’s Guild of America, including a psychological test.
Taking the risky and rather unconventional route of becoming a Production Manager through the AD track.
Difficult learning curve from First AD to Production Manager
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