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My Small-Screen Debut: The Killing 2x05

Here'a little peak behind the curtain at the cost and time involved in filming a TV show...

As many of you may remember, I sometimes do a little "background work" on the side, and in February, on an atypically somewhat sunny day, I went to work on The Killing, which airs on AMC in the States.

My episode aired on April 22nd! I had forgotten all about it until missyjack inquired about it last night. So, 10 minutes later, thanks to a particularly quick torrent, I scanned through the episode to find myself...


That's right! Those are my lovely black trouser-covered legs in the background, with my left hand and my favourite brown jacket. I'm on screen for approx. 2 seconds, as I walk across frame from right to left.

So, what does this teach us?

I was on set for approx. 5 hours, and as a non-union background performer, I was paid just over $11 an hour....and I was on film for 2 seconds.

So, the next time you are watching something with a "crowd" scene that only lasts a few seconds...think of ALL THE MONEY.


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May. 13th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Very neat! And well paid, too. Hah.
May. 13th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a fun thing to do! But you can see why TV productions try to use as few extras as possible...and actually, watching that little tiny scene, I think out of the 10 people who were there, only 3 or 4 made it into the final cut. (which is a shame, there was a guy doing a great phone bit in the background and the camera angle doesn't even show him. :P )
May. 13th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
I can certainly understand why, they have to fork out quite a bit of money.
May. 13th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
When I did Falling Skies, there were 300 of us there! (And you have to keep in mind that legally they have to hire some union members as well, and they make even more per hour.)
May. 13th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That's really interesting - but so glad that at least your legs got into the shot! ;)
May. 14th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
Me too. :)
May. 13th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
So your legs are famous now :)

Filming appears to be a crazy business.
May. 14th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm interesting to see how much screen time I get in Falling Skies and Diary of a Wimpy Kid now.
May. 13th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Based on that rate, per hour of screen time you got paid $99,000 per hour of screen time!
May. 14th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Wow! I'm a star! Haha, no wonder actors make so much money.
May. 14th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
very cool .. too bad they couldnt get your baclside in the shot .. hehee :0)~~~ wiggle it just a lil bit!! ;0)
May. 14th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh trust me, there's a much less forgiving cap off the second second that I'm not showing you. :P
May. 14th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
WOW!! You're a star! Nice days wages for such a short-lived scene.
May. 14th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, not bad really. This is what they mean when they say that acting is mostly just sitting around waiting. :P

Edited at 2012-05-14 07:24 pm (UTC)
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