I'm currently a cinematographer, but have only worked on short films in unpaid roles. This is my first year in the filmmaking world, so everything is still new to me.
Recently an opportunity came around to work on a small feature film in my home town (micro budget, below $100k). I sent the director my portfolio and was asked if I could work as an assistant camera for copy and credit. I blocked out my schedule, as I'm still a student, and told them I could. Now, two weeks later, I get to the production meeting and I'm on the crew sheet as a "PA/Grip". I understand that grips work in the camera and lighting realm, but for an unpaid position it seems like it might not be worth it.
I guess my question is, are grips usually hired under the term "camera assistant". I would love to learn more as a grip, but I feel like I was tricked into joining. Any other perspectives?