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I did, however, spend the day listening to Noah Wyle talk about aliens...but that's all I can legally say.

Okay, well, I can say a little more...

My extra work on Falling Skies was so far both the longest day and the biggest group of extras that I have ever worked. I can't say why we were such a large group, or what was happening, or which actors I saw. Noah Wyle is in the cast list on IMDB, so there was him...and there may have been someone of note who was once on Supernatural...and there may have been another actor who played a prominent role on a popular show which I never watched because it's appeal was lost on me.

Anyway, I'll call that last person Guest Actor. Guest Actor was really cool, because he acted even when he wasn't on camera in the shot...if the person on camera was looking passed the camera towards him, he would still do a full performance - which made me respect him a great deal. 

Usually, when you are an extra, your job is to do things in the background and not pay any attention to what the actors are doing. This time was a little different, because they wanted us to listen to the actors and respond to what they were saying...so, I actually spent a good part of the day staring at Noah Wyle. As I was staring at him, I remembered that way back in the late 1990s, in his ER days, I actually had a bit of a crush on him. He's aged really well too - he's all scruffy and manlier in this show. So, yeah, cool. 

The interesting thing about this experience was that it was a REALLY large group of extras. So far, I've only done productions where there are a very small group....but this was a huge group. And with any large group of people, you have people who do their job well and are professional about it (*cough*me*cough*) and you have people who are unprofessional. In one of the scenes, an extra's cellphone went off (this, I should point out, was AFTER being told that we weren't to bring our cellphones to set under any circumstances)...not to mention how much people talked. It was amazing...and extremely frustrating on behalf of the poor ADs that were in charge of keeping all the extras quiet so that the crew could hear their radios.

As usual, since I can't talk about the shoot, I'll talk about some of the extras I met...at the table I was sitting at in holding, there was this petite girl who was...well, a bit of a stereotype, and not in the best way. She was very sweet and nice, but she said stuff like "I don't mean to be racist, but *incredibly racist statement*" and yeah...she also made me weep for the future of feminism. 

For those Fringe fans though, she had a cool story from that set. She was an extra in it the other week, and at the end of the day, one of the actors actually gave her a lift home. She couldn't remember his name, but he was an older experienced actor (She was amazed that he was alive while Margaret Thatcher was around - she obviously is rather young)...and he actually went out of his way to drive her right to her front door, rather than let her take transit home late at night. So, I thought that was a nice story about experienced actors not being douchebags.

Because she made me weep for the future of feminism, I was happy when she found other people closer to her mental age to talk to...and I mostly found myself talking to an older black guy that was seated at our table. He was really nice. He told me a story about how he fell asleep during a scene in Alcatraz, and the crew noticed and panned the camera over when the actors had finished their lines and waited, and then they all laughed at him (and woke him up) when he started snoring.

Here's a tip too: If you want to meet attractive black people in Vancouver - go to a film set for a TV series/movie that is supposed to take place in America. Gay, straight, young, old, I think they must have rounded up every black person in Vancouver (because there are not that many).

I'll be interested to see the final episode. It is episode 2x09. I am filming again with them on Monday, and then that's probably it for me for a bit. I've got to move apartments and do my income-tax and stuff. I can not imagine how people can work on these shows every single day...I had only one 14 hour day, and it nearly killed me, to think that these actors and crews do 14+ hours every day 5 days a week BLOWS MY MIND.


In other news, some of you might remember me talking about how much fun I had doing extra work for an independent movie called Primary, with Dustin Millligan (aka Corbett the intern) - well, my friend 4422shini, got me this little present as a souvenir:



I will treasure it always. :)


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4422shini
Feb. 10th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
You are most welcome! :D
hells_half_acre
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
\o/ :)
borgmama1of5
Feb. 10th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Very neat to hear about your adventures. After the episode airs, will you tell us all the secret bits? :)
hells_half_acre
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Sure! I don't watch the show, so I'll have to remember to check the IMDB page or something.

I'm wearing a particularly eye-catching pink-striped sweater, so I'm interested to see if I can pick myself out of the crowd.
missyjack
Feb. 10th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Ohh I really loved Falling Skies - I man aliens AND giant robots. Just wonderful to hear what its like on the other side of the camera! I look forward to spotting you next season!
hells_half_acre
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
Episode 209! Look for the girl in the pink-striped sweater... I think I'm wearing the same thing on Monday.

There are giant robots too!! Oh man...maybe I should check this show out myself. When I told my sister the premise of the series and who Guest Actor was, she decided that I wasn't allowed to spoil her any more because it sounded like something she should watch. ;)
missyjack
Feb. 10th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
There's def a Winchester-esque vibe - Noah is father to 3 sons. And its post - alien invasion, and i think modestly achieves what shows with much bigger budgets and grander visions havent. Plus giant robots.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 10th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting! How "American" is it? I'm only asking because the scene and set that I saw was very nationalistic...and it kind of put me off.

But, I probably shouldn't base the entire series on the set-dressing for one scene. :P
mayree
Feb. 11th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm hooked on Falling Skies and will look for Eps. 209 AND for you in the pink sweater!
hells_half_acre
Feb. 11th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Awesome :) If you remember, come back after it airs and send me a note so that I can download it and see if I spot myself! :)
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