If you've been in a film shoot - music video, commercial, or movie, kindly share what your experience was like. I would really appreciate it. No kidding. Thanks in advance.
I was as a child. Wrote a hub about "My(Very) Brief Show Business career".
I was an extra in two movies. The first was a made for TV movie called Blinded by the Light starring Jimmy and Kristy McNichol. The second was the movie Idolmaker. I enjoyed the experience very much.
My kids were extras in a Harrison Ford movie filmed in town here a few years ago. Their take on it? Lots of fun -- when they were filming. But lots and lots of standing around doing nothing.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I think. I just know it was an Indiana Jones movie. They're shooting lots of films (or bits of them) in Connecticut. New York is too expensive, and Connecticut is wooing the producers here to create jobs and get some extra revenue.
They shot some scenes at Yale in New Haven, and a few at a really delicious pizzeria right near my house a few towns over from New Haven.
I've never been in a movie shoot myself but as part of my job, from time to time I will help make arrangements with a film company to use one of my employer's facilities to film a movie or commercial.
True story: The folks who filmed the movie "Reno 9-11" needed a big, isolated area so they can film the scene where the whale blows up on the beach. They called me to ask if they could use a facility we had that was perfect. I got the approval from the higher-ups and made the arrangements. Unfortunately, I could not be there the actual day of the filming but I heard from my people that it was fun. BTW, no actual whales were hurt during the filming, it was a fake whale they blew up!
Another true story: When "Bad Boys II" was filming in my neck of the woods, we were in the process of demolishing an old water tower that was no longer in use. It turns out the folks filming "Bad Boys II" wanted to use the water tower for a scene in the movie. They called me, I ran it up the flagpole, we got approval, I coordinated the whole thing with the film company. So when you watch that movie and you see the scene where there is a gunfight at a water tower, remember me and remember that the water tower no longer exists because we resumed the demolition after the scene was filmed! BTW, I was not there for the filming of this one, either. Too busy and it was a long distance from my office.
I was an extra with two roles in Rebecca's Daughters, a comedy by Karl Francis and starring Peter O'Toole, Joely Richardson, Keith Allen and others. I really enjoyed the experience and got to talk to Joely. Karl Francis gave me a second part because he said I looked the part so well. I was a Welsh villager and also in drag with my face blacked as a "Daughter."
Then I was in Restoration with Meg Ryan as an extra again - a marketstall-holder and a funeral pall-bearer. I left that after one day though because the hours were long, the pay terrible and you couldn't even talk to the stars!
I have also been an actor in Red Dragon, a Sci-fi short for HTV Wales in a series called Shotgun Slideshow. I was playing an alien henchman and had to do a death scene.
I have also been a model/actor in a trailer for the Brecon Jazz Festival on BBC2.
And I played the Warlock in Blodeuwedd, a student film production made at Newport Film School.
When I was in 8th grade, they filmed The Outsiders with Matt Dillon at my school (in Tulsa, OK). We were extras in the movie, all dressed up in our little uniforms. It was a blast. We got to get our picture taken with Matt Dillon. Thought my friend was going to faint.
I watched the saving of private Ryan being filmed on a beach in Wexford and saw all the actors.....
They had advertised for amputees, and people had took off there false legs and arms and were lying on the beach... how sick is that..
There is a lot of filming done in Ireland no one bats an eyelid. The most famous person in the world could walk by and they just leave them in peace...
My kids were at the aunt's house when their aunt's barn was used in a movie. For some reason, the star of the movie (a very big star) requested to use the bathroom in my sister-in-law's house; and from what I hear, she was fairly rude. I'm not going to say who it was just because I'd be uncomfortable. I don't know how much privacy they signed on for in any agreements about using the property. My kids did enjoy getting to see some of the shooting and got a kick out of all the "goings on" around their aunt's property - so it was kind of nice, even if that star lost a few "points" in the eyes of everyone who was there.
If memory serves, I've only been involved (not necessarily "in") with two productions.
The first was a commercial for Workers Compensatin insurance as underwritten by the United Pacific / Reliance Comany (branch office) in Eugene, Oregon. The branch was making a push to get more of that line of business, I was a (the?) designated Workers Comp Underwriter and got elected. Don't recall much about the actual shoot except that it took less than an hour to complete.
The other was as a standin (so, not quite acutally "in") for a movie adapted from an autobiography written by a Lakota woman--I think it was Lakota and had read the book but now can't recall the title. Ah! Yes I can! Lakota Woman! Duh. They had a cattle call for speaking parts, and I did try for one of the few Caucasian parts--that of the Sheriff who (this is true) had his hat snatched off his head by a Native American (Russell Means? Dennis Banks?) during a confrontation with A.I.M. over the Wounded Knee standoff. Didn't get the part, so standin was all that was left.
Unfortunately, I got hit with a ferocious stomach flu just a few days prior to the start of shooting.
My experience was okay--the predawn hours, stand here, do nothing there--and the catered food was great. But I only survived two days of shooting before the long hours did me in. The location was 75 miles from my house, you had to be on location by 4:00 a.m., and they shot until light failed. I felt that trying even a third day was going to give me a relapse right back into a sickbed, and since I didn't need the money (at that time I had a strong independent income), that was the end of that.
Would I do it again (presuming health okay)? Sure.
My kids and I were in Singh is King, a Bollywood movie. We were picked up off the streets in Mumbai and used in some Australian bar scene. The bar set was very unAustralian though. Huge crystal chandeliers and everybody had to wear cocktail dresses and the men suits. Like you'd really find that in a pub in Australia. Wrote all about it in my hub on Goa. There was a helluva lot of waiting around, but we did get to meet with the Bollywood stars. Only the men were normal though, the women were all princess bitches, too up themselves to talk to us extras.
Thanks Cindy, Ghost32, Eccogins, LisaHW for taking time to make your inputs. I like to get a feel of what peoples experiences on set are like - as an aspiring film director, I like to put these things into perspective. Thanks, y'all.
Yes a few TV commercials here in Oz, a television documentary and a Australian movie Mr Pumpkins Night Out. I landed a role in a soapie too, after I finished my acting Diploma, but I could not take it then, and still regret it..sigh..
dont worry about it, blondie. I might be casting you next. And hey, it might not even be a bimbo role like they always type-cast you in.
Oh wonderful Fiery, that would be a complete change and I could express all my great talents. Did you see me in this one with Goldentoad, Cindy and the HP gang ? http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/ctzXR6QbvmOkYVWy I produced it myself lol just to make a few people smile.
You've got something. No kidding. Whether its the spark or cut-through-the-bull personality, whatever it is - it works on ya.
I got kicked off a shoot before Tom Cruise movie ...in Toronto...I walked along the sidewalk while they were shooting, roflol...modern woman in a scene supposed to be the 1970's I think
They were filming when I was walking by ...on me way home from work lol
no ...jus heard the director yelling, 'hey...who's that? what's she doin there?' ...then somebody else yelling, hey, and another ...hey! no idea where to look or who was calling ..jus shrugged my shoulders n kept walking no biggie, lol
I didn't know till later. A friend had chatted it up with a film crew member who told him about some girl walking in the middle of one of their scenes lol
Wow, I've read through the thread and it seems we have some famous Hubbers.
Well, I was a contestant on a new reality show pilot for a major television network. It was an awesome experience that changed my life forever. Only disappointing thing is that the network decided not to air it because the results were "uneven" the producer says. You can read about it on my hub titled:
Reality Show Reject by donotfear
It is what my reality show experience was all about, as much as I'm able to tell due to contractual agreements that enslaved me.
Greetings everyone - I live in Los Angeles, not even a hop skip and jump from Hollywood (Now known as Hollyweird by most locals). I've actually done tons of movie extra work and audience participation gigs (you know, the judge shows, and other live audience type shows where they needs lots of bodies and lots of canned laughter). I even created a little brochure on how to become a paid movie extra. I've thought about publishing a "how to" hub on the topic, but it's only beneficial if you live somewhere near Burbank, Universal City or Hollywood, so maybe not much online appeal. It can be lots of fun and even though it does involve a lot of hurry up and wait, you meet a lot of cool people on the sets. Out of all the actual movie and television shows I worked on (which no one hardly ever sees or can recognize you - that's the point), the thing I got recognized by family and friends in was an episode of Judge Judy. I was only an audience participant, but my face was so expressive when I reacted to the nature of the show, the camera kept panning in on me and gave me several exclusive shots (closeups).
i had a small part in an independant film called the dream-maker.
it was pretty boring, hearing 'quiet on set' , 'ready', 'action' every few minutes, and having to re-act the same scenes loads of times, just so its "perfect"
still you can brag about it, haha
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