Would you apply for an extra position in a movie?

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  1. waloshin, Feb 28, 2012
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    Would you take on the role of a background actor if given the opportunity?
     
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    Sorry, I barely have the time to appear as an extra in the story of your online persona.
     
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    Haha I am not the one looking to hire, I have seen this ad at my university, they are having a casting call tomorrow and I was wondering if you were in my shoes would you even bother?
     
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    Recently Happy Madison was shooting a film here 50 for the day free food free prizes and all around fun.

    I work in film and TV and without extras what good would the movies be!
     
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    Would I get laid?
     
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    I played an extra once. A cop in the made for TV movie Chase

    Two scenes. One in a room with Michael Parks and one driving a cop car with Parks and Jennifer O'Neil.
     
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    I believe the pay is $10 an hour. Probably minus agency fees.
     
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    In 1985 I got $85 a day for standing around for 12 hours then being in front of the camera for several takes. If I had a speaking role I would have had to join the SAC and would have been paid a minimum of $2500 a day.

    That was 1985.
     
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    Over here in New Zealand you get about $100 a day for being an extra (although a fair chunk of that would be spent on gas getting there & back).
     
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    Nice, I just don't know if it would be worth it as last summer I made over $200 in a 12 hour shift working at a mine as a student. It would be an experience of a life time though.
     
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    If you ever get a chance do it. It was a blast. Got to stand around eating the good food and shooting the bull with the main actors and learning about the movie business. It was one of my most memorable times.

    I almost got a speaking role and a name in the movie but I was so star struck my huge ego caused the casting director to pass me over for the other guy who was more humble.
     
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    I looked up the casting director and find out what the movie is. Is it be a bad idea to know what the movie is?
     
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    You're over-thinking this. Just go do it and have fun!
     
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    I don't see why it would be.

    Now the bad part.

    It took 3 months to get paid.

    Ha !

    I was on set for 8 days and the hotel I worked at was gracious enough to give me the time off to do it.
     
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    They usually tell you what the movie is when you go.

    My best friend asked me and two other friends to go try for extras in the new Batman movie out in Pittsburgh (he is a huge Batman fan), we all went, but only he got in (which was good since that was pretty much his dream come true). He actually got to fight right behind Christian Bale in several scenes. I hope he is visible in it.

    Basically you go and they have you fill out a form, and then take your picture and thats it. If you get called then you will get paid a minimum wage type salary for the days you go.
     
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    Exactly - it was a 'blast'. Friends of mine have done it and have hugely enjoyed it - later, it makes for great bragging rights over coffee or in the pub. See it as a bit of fun and an interesting experience.
     
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    ^^Awesome

    I would have gone for it too, mainly for the experience :)
     
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    Actually, my understanding is the extras don't like to be called "extras".

    It's "background actors".

    Right!

    A rose by any other name...:rolleyes: :D
     
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    In 1986, there was a TV show, "Spencer for hire" about a private eye in Boston, MA. I was visiting my friend who was a student at Northeastern University. The day I was there they were filming a scene on the Uni campus. My friend and I were extras and we were paid $85 each to walk around looking like students. Which was easy because we WERE students at that time. She was a Sophmore there and I was a sophmore at a Uni in another state.
     
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    I met Bill Pullman. I don't need to be an extra. I lived it. :D
     
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    Wally on the SWAT team......oh my.:D

    Grats on the part though.
     

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