Ever Been In A Movie Shoot...Share Your Experience Pls!

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    fierycjposted 14 years ago

    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.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I was as a child. Wrote a hub about "My(Very) Brief Show Business career".

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        fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Will check it out. Thanks.

    2. ecoggins profile image89
      ecogginsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  2. lrohner profile image68
    lrohnerposted 14 years ago

    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.

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      No kidding? What movie was that?

      1. lrohner profile image68
        lrohnerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        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.

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          fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Good one there. You might wanna point your kids out for me. Remember the exact scenes?

  3. curiozities profile image61
    curiozitiesposted 14 years ago

    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.

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Nice one. You should have asked for Michael Bay's number. No kidding, cos I'm probably his biggest fan. Thanks.

  4. Bard of Ely profile image80
    Bard of Elyposted 14 years ago

    Yes, several!
    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.

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Not bad, Bard. So not only are you a titled man, you're also a celebrity, huh. Lol. Anybody ask for ya autographs? Thanks for your input.

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    wordscribe41posted 14 years ago

    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.

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      ha ha ha. Your dream come true then, i bet.

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    \Brenda Scullyposted 14 years ago

    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...

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, I heard Irish people aren't phony like that with celebrities, I dig that stuff. All the more reason to shoot there. Its annoying when fans wont even let you get once damned scene right.

  7. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    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.

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    Ghost32posted 14 years ago

    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.

  9. cindyvine profile image70
    cindyvineposted 14 years ago

    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.

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    fierycjposted 14 years ago

    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.

  11. blondepoet profile image67
    blondepoetposted 14 years ago

    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.. sad

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. blondepoet profile image67
        blondepoetposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        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.

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          fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          You've got something. No kidding. Whether its the spark or cut-through-the-bull personality, whatever it is - it works on ya.

          1. blondepoet profile image67
            blondepoetposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Aww thanks it is the same with you, you got it going on Fiery,don't ever lose that incredible spark you have.

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              fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks. Wont do.

  12. Dame Scribe profile image58
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    I got kicked off a shoot before lol 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 hmm lol

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Why the hell did they kick you off?

  13. Dame Scribe profile image58
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    They were filming when I was walking by ...on me way home from work tongue lol lol

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      ha ha. Oh, I thought you meant you were like an actor or extra and they kicked you off. Hope they didnt touch you or anything, Dame.

  14. Dame Scribe profile image58
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    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 lol no biggie, lol

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      ha ha. Funny stuff. Good thing shrugging your shoulders and moving your way.

  15. Dame Scribe profile image58
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    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 lol

  16. Lady_E profile image63
    Lady_Eposted 14 years ago

    Wow, I've read through the thread and it seems we have some famous Hubbers.

    Autographs please...

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      No kidding.

  17. donotfear profile image84
    donotfearposted 14 years ago

    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.

  18. charm_baker profile image55
    charm_bakerposted 14 years ago

    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).

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for sharing.

  19. Pamda Man profile image59
    Pamda Manposted 14 years ago

    My girlfriend was in a music video.

  20. almm profile image60
    almmposted 14 years ago

    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

    1. Pamda Man profile image59
      Pamda Manposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Al! Have you seen my hub?


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