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Today I met Sam Winchester's Hands

I had my second day on Falling Skies today. And it was a fine example of how boring being an extra is.

My call-up time was 9:30. I was actually called to set at 5:30pm for about 15 minutes...and then again for an hour at 8pm. I was there for twelve hours.

So, basically, I was paid to crochet a scarf and think about all the stuff that I was going to tell you guys, that I forgot to tell you before...

Guest Actor

Guest Actor endeared himself even more to me today....

The snack table was a fair distance away, down these darkened corridors....so, yeah...I was walking to get snacks, and I had long since passed "set" where rehearsals were taking place....and then I hear this very soft beautiful Spanish-style classical guitar, and there is a faint glow of a light from an otherwise darkened alcove...and there, sitting and playing the guitar, is Guest Actor. 

Wardrobe Adventures

So, my first extra gig ever was on Diary of a Wimpy Kid III (You may remember it as the time I played a lesbian mother of a child I had in my teens). Now, the way wardrobe works for extras is that you bring your own clothes. You bring three different outfits and the wardrobe department chooses what they like best. If they don't like anything you brought, then they'll dress you in something of theirs...but, statistically, you end up wearing your own clothes more often than not.

When I showed up at DofaWK3, one of the wardrobe people told me to wear my brown skirt with my beige top. Okay, done. Then, the rest of the afternoon, I had this other wardrobe lady constantly moving me from the foreground to the background, because "UGH! TOO MUCH BEIGE!" She REALLY hated my beige shirt. It was as though I had personally wronged her.

So, the last few extra gigs I've done, I have left the beige shirt at home. Except last week, I thought "well, the call-up said to bring earth-tones...so, sure, I'll bring the beige shirt." Cut to standing in line to have my stuff reviewed by wardrobe, and I suddenly realise that IT IS THE SAME WARDROBE LADY.

She ended up putting me in an over-sized pink striped sweater. I have to admit, it really made my eyes pop.

Being an Extra Makes Me Feel Old

So, in DofaWK3, they made me a lesbian mother of a 13 and 10 year old. That was a blow. Then, last week while working on Falling Skies, I was walking around the background "socializing" as you do...which meant going up to people and being all smiley and acting as though you know them, and mouthing nonsensical words at them, which they then smile and nod to....and I step up to this lovely older woman, and she CLEARLY mouths "How are the kids?" to me. Sigh. I blamed it on the over-sized pink striped sweater...but it's a flimsy excuse and I know it.

What do Sam Winchester's Hands, Eragon, and The Grey all have in common?

They all feature the same dude. Well, "feature" is a strong word. Sam's hand double is named Greg. He says it's a SWEET gig (emphasis his). "I do some typing on the computer, scroll through a phone contacts list..."

So, to all you people who drool over hand!porn....do you honestly just like the hands? Or do you like them because you think they're attached to a certain actor? Greg is tall, but not nearly as tall as Jared. He does have long fingers. He looks like a construction worker, and he smokes. He is also a Harry Potter fan.

If you want to know what he looks like, he has a small role in Eragon...that movie about the dragons. He gets killed when someone touches him on the temple. He hates the movie...for a little bit of "extras' humour": He told us all the reasons why the movie was terrible, and then he ended with "I did what I could to save it, but...." and the table erupted in laughter.

And, if you're wondering how the well-reviewed Liam Neeson film The Grey fits in to all this: Greg's hands can also be seen in that. He plays the pilot of the doomed flight. Apparently you can see his hands as sparks fly across the instrument panel.


Because we were sitting around waiting for so long today, I got to hear the extra wrangler have many a conversation and business phone call. One such phone call was informing an agent (I assume) that they will never be working with a particular 12 year-old kid again...because "basically, he's a little shit."

Also, apparently there's a current production in town where the leads secretly hate each other and won't do scenes together. Apparently "if you see them kiss, then it's both them, but otherwise they use body doubles."

I have no idea what show it is - I didn't overhear that part. Still, it makes me grateful that Supernatural doesn't have that problem...and every time I've ever talked to anyone who works on Supernatural, they only ever had good things to say.

Where to Look For Me

It's still episode 209. I'm still wearing the pink sweater. Today I walked back and forth outside of a window....and then I ran frantically back and forth outside a window, because aliens were attacking or something. So...yeah, don't look at the pretty actors during scenes that may or may not be in an office, look out the window - watch for the pink sweater! (I'm walking with an older black guy, I'm running with a blonde girl.)

And thus ends the Adventures in Background-Work for the foreseeable future. I have far too much stuff going on in my regular life. I'm thinking that they're going to ask me back, but I'm really going to have to turn them down...which will probably piss them off a little, but them's the breaks. I also think that maybe I just get super bored doing the same show more than once.  I do have to say though, that so far Falling Skies has had the best catering/crafty.


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Feb. 14th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I find this fascinating!

B-b-b-ut, you mean that the hands people drool over in the handporn pix aren't necessarily Jared's?!?!? Way to ruin our dreams!!! :)
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Haha, it means that handporn pix aren't necessarily Jensen either! I'm really ruining EVERYONE'S dreams.

Basically, if the camera pans and you see the actor attached to the hands, then it's obviously his hands. If the shot is cut before we see anything more than than the hands and what they are touching, then it's probably not the actor's hands.

Now I kind of want to study the difference between Jared's hands and Greg's hands and see if I can spot whose is whose as I watch :P
Feb. 14th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
I've always found the idea of hand double's hilarious. Like, body doubles I get - constantly throwing youself off stuff isn't a good when you're carrying a whole show; maybe you're not comfortable stripping off, whatever. But hands? I just think thats hilarious. What could you possibly doing that would require them?

Of course, logically, I get it. You find you need a shot and the actor's not there anymore. It's one shot and it's the actors day off. The actor has a more important scene to do somewhere else. But, not-logically... really? Really?. Haha.
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's is hilariously to think about. They do it SOLELY to save money. Why pay expensive actors to be on set if you aren't going to see their face? (though, less cynically, I'm sure it also helps save them time too, since they can be filming the same "character" with two different camera crews in two different locations.)

But yeah...when I signed up to be an extra, they took pictures of my hands in case they needed to use me as a hand-double. They never have yet, but I've know at least one other person who has been used as a hand-double. I'm hoping they never call me to do that, because they'd probably want to do my nails (which I hate) and also, I have this really wonky finger, and I'm afraid they'd realize it and get mad at me or something... :P
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. There's the saving money thing too. Still... Haha.

Oh I do my nails every once in a while purely to see how long it takes for the colour to completely chip off by itself.

Hey, do you think you might get asked to do extra work on Supernatural? I figure if you have to stop now it makes no difference but it would be pretty cool.
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
It'd be cool is I WAS asked to do extra work on Supernatural...the possibility is always there, but I don't know what my chances are. I've been told that Supernatural rarely uses extras.

I'm still technically available, so if they ever do want me, my agency will call to tell me so...and I would never turn down THAT job. ;)
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Though I guess you wouldn't be able to tell us anything much about it until after it had aired. But still! I hope you get asked one day. And then I will gif you and you can watch yourself over and over. Hahaha.
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I'm not sure I want that! :P

Well, if you think about it, my report would probably just look VERY similar to my reports of when I've found them shooting in my neighbourhood...and then I'd be able to tell you much more after the episode airs. ;)
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Nevertheless, I will make sure it happens. It's how you know you've made it. :P
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Haha, thank you?

We'll just have to keep our fingers cross that I hear from them then....I believe they wrap at the end of March, so if it's going to happen this season, it'll have to happen in the next 6 weeks.
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Pffthhaha you're welcome!

(fyi, I haven't the first clue how to gif things.)

*crosses fingers for you* :)
Feb. 14th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I love to read your posts about being an extra. Hugely interesting and very fun to read! Thanks so much for sharing! :D
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, 'm glad you like them! :)
Feb. 15th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Hahaha I love your breakdown of the extra'ing you've done. I'm going to watch Falling Skies just to watch you panic run in a pink sweater.
Feb. 15th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Haha, yay!
Feb. 15th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
LOL Do you have any backstory about about being the girl in a pink-striped sweater then? An aspiring fashion designer whose debut show was derailed because of the apocalypse(?) :p

And on the hands' double, it's quite funny. I can't spot the difference between hands' double and the original actor's hands, I might have to take a closer look at them! On another shallow note, I love Benedict Cumberbatch's hands. Or fingers, rather. They look..............*dreams of his hands playing with the strings of the violin*

Remind us when the episode is airing, and I'll try my best to catch it! :)
Feb. 15th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
I tried to look at his hands, but he was working a different job that day, so his hands looked like a construction workers. I'm sure when he's playing Sam's hands, his hands are all nice and clean and probably have make-up on them or something. :P

Who knows if those are Benedict Cumberbatch's fingers!! Well, at least on the close up shot of the violin strings...again, the only time you can be sure it's the actors' hands is if you can see the actor attached to them.

Hopefully I'll remember to check back occasionally to check if the episode has aired. :P I don't watch the show.
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