My goals as a director is to succeed within the independent circuit, and more specifically, work with the burgeoning movement of online distribution+viewing of films. I'm a young filmmaker, however, with little experience. Would it be necessary to PA still, even if I don't want to be a "professional" film director per say? Or should I just focus on creating my own work/sets?
I would say it’s doubly important to be a PA, in that case. So you know how the films work, and how a film set runs smoothly.
The biggest pratfall independent small time directors do who haven’t worked before is that they don’t know how a film set works. Without knowing how this works, that makes the set run late, run over budget, and run over time.
So yes. Being a PA would be SUPER FREAKING USEFUL!
Learned more (and did so the hard way) in the first week on my first feature as a PA than I did in four years of film school. Not a cliché!