Sunday, August 16, 2015

What I Did on Summer Vacation: Being an Extra in a Movie

In honor of school starting next week, I am writing an essay on what I did on summer vacation and I am doing it kid style...low effort on editing.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The most unusual thing I did on my summer vacation was be an extra in a movie.  My friend Lisa is my daughter's former drama teacher.  She invited me and my daughter to be extras in a movie that her friend was directing.  We love watching extras in the background of TV shows and movies.  Our favorite extras to watch are in Gilmore Girls.  Try watching them sometime, it is very entertaining!  Being weird extra watchers, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to be extras ourselves!  

In preparation, I read acting websites that gave do's and don't's for extras.  Pretty much an extra's job is to be a prop and not bother the real actors.  Sometimes extras get to do a little reacting to the main scene.  


We had to bring extra clothes in case we needed to film different days during that one day of shooting.  During that week of shooting, we each got to be in two scenes.  My daughter got to sit in a restaurant setting with her teacher while the main character was arrested.  It took several hours for that scene to be filmed and they did get to react to the drama taking place.  We, along with my son, got to be in a crowd scene during a very emotional scene between the main characters.  We were in the front row right by the action.  The actors were so convincing that I literally got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes on the first take.  Amazingly, the actors were able to emote like that over and over for hours.  I, on the other hand, wasn't that amazing.  I am hoping that the camera wasn't really on me!  It was outdoors and I was hot and my feet hurt.  I don't know how they were able to keep it so fresh and real.  Lisa and I, along with two of her family members, were also customers in a liquor store scene.  We had to react to the main character and clerk having a very tense exchange.  Because it was an escalated situation, it wasn't too difficult to react/act...or at least I think I was acting.  I hope it wasn't all in my head and I wasn't just standing there not doing anything!  I have no idea what I looked like but thankfully, this movie isn't about me.  Either way, I had a great time and can see why some people love acting.  

The movie is called 2nd Greatest and is based on real people and events.  You can see the real life people that inspired the movie in the trailer at https://vimeo.com/119167583.  I believe it is coming out in December 2015.