Thursday, September 11, 2008
"Extra" work and extra "work"
On Monday night, I spent the evening working as an extra on a short film called "Sketches." It was produced by a Russian filmmaker who had worked at Drexel University, and we were filming the "sexy party scene" at a mansion in a Philly suburb. We were told to bring some "sexy" outfits and maybe a bathing suit, and we were promised gas money, alcohol, and entertainment. And while the alcohol was greatly watered down, and the entertainment was primarily of our own making, the gas money was handed out as promised. Having spent most of the summer being a leading actor in a movie, it was kinda refreshing and fun to just be an extra. I had no lines, no blocking, no nothing, and I was just sitting around a pool until the crew told me where to stand in the background of shots. I liked taking the filmmaking process from another point of view. A lead, a featured player, or a member of the ensemble, it really doesn't matter what sort of acting I do as a career. As long as I do it as a career, cause I know that I'm not really qualified to or interested in doing anytihng else.