How To Become A Movie Extra On A Feature Film Or TV Show
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Tips For Succeeding As A Movie Extra
- It's a numbers game: If you've applied and have not heard back, keep in mind it's about the volume of applications and the speed at which you reply. Keep applying as soon as calls go up and you'll eventually make it on a set.
- Create your own story & be assertive: In most of my experiences, the background is unfortunately given very little or no direction. If you want to have an impact, it's best to respectively and appropriately be assertive. In my scene on American Made, we weren't told to speak, but I ended up chattering in the scene and saying a bold line at the end. The director liked it and we did it each take. The worst that can happen is you get told not to do it. Be assertive, but don't be belligerent.
- Follow the crew's direction: On set, there are hundreds and thousands of things going on at one time so if movie extras start acting up, it can cause unnecessary production friction. Instead of causing trouble, be helpful and follow directions. Don't wander around the set without permission.
- Don't be stupid: When we were filming a scene for Captain America Civil War, a movie extra went in the camera's line of sight and started making funny gestures. As you can imagine, the director was upset this guy disrupted the scene. He was reprimanded and told he'd be kicked off the set if he did it again. Don't do obviously stupid things just to get attention or make it on camera.
- Be prepared for lot's of waiting: When we watch finished movies or behind the scenes clips, the process can seem so exciting and glamorous. While it is a blast at times, most time spent for movie extras is waiting. We arrive waiting to get our clothes and make-up done. We wait to go on set. We wait for lunch. We wait for each shot to be filmed. We wait for the day to end when our feet are hurting from standing all day. Sometimes we're waiting on set while other times we're waiting in the holding areas. With all this waiting, make sure to bring some ways to stay occupied (sometimes you won't be left with your phone), unless you like talking to people all day. If you bring your phone, don't forget a charger to keep it alive.
- They feed you: Meals will be provided and most of the time it was pretty good and diverse. They also usually provide snacks and drinks throughout the day.
- Bring extra things: As a male, I brought my electric razor so I could have the ability to easily shave or trim. Sometimes I'll also bring a different or extra pair of clothes and shoes. Women should bring some light makeup since it makes it quicker to address certain requests yourself. While it's provided, I'd recommend bringing a few extra snacks in case they don't or you don't like what they offer.
- For the paperwork: Each time you film on a new production, you'll have to fill out paperwork so you can get paid. You'll need two forms of ID like a drivers license and social security card. When you go back on set for the same production you've already filmed for, you won't need to fill out paperwork again, just a timecard.
- Don't approach the top crew and cast: As awesome as it is to be on set with high profile directors and actors, their doing a job, so don't distract or approach them to talk or sign an autograph. For many of the production assistants, hairstylists and smaller roles it's usually fine to be inquisitive and interact with them, just make sure you're not doing it while they're in the middle of something.
Alright, now go out there and become a movie star! And, don't forget about me after you become famous :-)