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Have you ever watched a movie and wondered how to be a movie extra? Or maybe you thought, I’d love to be on set during this scene? Well, get your pens to the ready as after reading our guide you could be!
In this article, we will go through everything you need to know about how to be a movie extra. Sound good to you? Then keep on reading!
A movie extra is someone who appears in a film or TV show but has no lines. Although movie extras are usually in the background, a director can decide to place them anywhere depending on each scene.
Movie extras give the viewers a sense of realism whilst watching the scene. For example, if there was a busy restaurant scene during the film, there would be movie extras in the restaurant eating, drinking, and chatting as if the scene was taking place in real life.
Becoming a movie extra can be a really good starting point when pursuing an acting career. As an extra you’ll gain plenty of experience on set, working with other actors, directors, and crew members.
You might be wondering, what does a movie extra do? Being a movie extra can be a really exciting but demanding role, below are the main responsibilities of the job.
It’s vital to be punctual. As an extra you don’t want to make a bad impression otherwise you might not be cast again or another extra might take your place.
Often a movie extra will have to provide their own wardrobe or have their costume approved by production.
Movie extras must know who they can report to, who they can ask questions on set and when their breaks are.
Usually, extras will work for at least eight hours, but can often work as many as 12-16 depending on each shoot.
If you’d like to become a movie extra and advance your acting career, follow these simple steps for success:
Look online for casting websites and talent agencies. Do your research and find out which agencies have excellent casting records, and which films their clients have been in.
The next step is getting a headshot taken. Most producers cast extras based on their appearance, so your headshot has a big part to play in whether you are cast or not.
Sign up with an agency that has a brilliant record with its clients. The process is usually free; however, you will have to pay your agency to process your headshot and paperwork.
Also, note that some agencies might offer to take a headshot for you, but you will have to pay an additional fee for this. It’s also a good idea to sign with a few different agencies as this will broaden your opportunities.
So, how do you actually apply to be an extra in a movie? Let’s go through it step by step.
There can be SO many extras on set, in fact The Guinness World Record for the most extras ever used in a film is held by ‘Gandhi.’ The film featured around 300,000 extras in a funeral scene! Obviously, this is an extreme example, but it’s really important to do a good job and impress everyone you work with.
Here are our top tips on how to do that:
And…CUT! You’re now equipped with the top tips on how to become a movie extra, how to apply, and how to be a really good movie extra.
We hope you’ve found this useful and hopefully you’ll be in the background of some future films we watch! Whilst you’re here, why not check out some more of our articles on our blog? We recommend The Ultimate Guide On How To Learn Lines and How To Audition For A Movie to get you started!
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