On the Front Lines of Film and Television
A change of pace from Daniel's usual screenplays, he has written his first non-fiction book! It's about his hundreds of overtime hours working as a film and television production assistant (PA for short, a.k.a. "gofer"), learning the most valuable lesson in all of showbiz: success is all about who you don't know!
"Gofers" puts the entry-level role and work of a PA in the spotlight. It explains, step-by-step, how Daniel Scarpati went from making home movies in his backyard and having zero connections to working on dozens of primetime network series, major motion pictures and big-budget commercials. Through stories from time spent with renowned cast and crew, Daniel explains how to forge your own path in the industry. It turns out that success in showbiz is all about who you don’t know! Come behind the scenes of countless sets to hear about the plentiful, sometimes painful tasks PAs are asked to do so the show can go on.
"Gofers" is the book that Daniel wished existed while he was in college, beginning his career. He didn't understand what professors meant when they suggested “starting out as a PA” and rising through the ranks. This book isn’t just another textbook. The street smarts, people skills and practical life lessons can translate to any industry.
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"Gofers: On the Front Lines of Film and Television"
By Daniel Scarpati
Publication Date: October 25, 2020
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-578-76260-9
ebook ISBN: 978-0-578-76261-6
6” x 9”; 236 Pages
"I so wish I had this book when I was first trying to be a writer/producer in L.A. I started as a PA, but this would've saved me the two years it took to learn the protocol of Hollywood."
Russ Woody, producer/writer of Parenthood, The Middle, Becker, Mad About You and The Drew Carey Show
“Gofers is a must read for anyone interested in breaking into the motion picture industry. Full of how to, on-set knowledge, and peppered with anecdotes told through the eyes of veteran PA Daniel Scarpati, it is informative, fun, and tells it like it is.”
Tom Reilly, member: the Directors Guild of America, author of "The Hollywood MBA: A Crash Course in Management From a Life in The Film Business"
A candid photo of Daniel working on set,
taken by the talented dolly grip, John Moustakas.
What Candice Bergen had to say about Dan on Instagram!
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