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About a month ago, I got stopped on Parramatta Mall by a couple of guys with a digital camera. It was wet and there were dead brown leaves scattered across the paved stones and across the park benches and there were people trying to press Jesus Documents into my hands, as usual. Now, usually, when I'm stopped there, I figure it's about God or Greenpeace or some other charity, and I just say no thanks and head on my way, but these guys were hunting for people to be extras in a film they were making. The film is, apparently, about football, and they were looking for people to be fans in a football stadium... which, apparently, I look like. Anyone who knows me is going to get a chuckle out of that, and if you don't, lets just say I'm not a real sports guy. But, I like film, so agreed to have my photo taken and gave them my number, and then continued upon my way and promptly forgot about it.

About five minutes ago, I got offered two days work as an extra for a nice amount of cash, which I need. Starts Monday.

There will be blogging.

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lonewolf23
Jun. 22nd, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Great, I can see this going to your head... getting your own trailer, M&M's with the blue ones removed... soon you won't talk to us little people anymore. ;)
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
it sounds fantastic. especially that bit about the little people and the blue m&Ms. maybe i could get the little people to remove them ;)
(Anonymous)
Jun. 22nd, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
Soon you'll be mingling with all the A-listers of the world and soon...

Next week on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Tom Cruise jumps in the air to declare his love for Ben Peek.

Remember to invite us to the wedding.

John
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
god, i hope it's the a-listers soon enough. i'm tired of you ugly z-listers, and as soon as tom gives me the millions for plastic surgery, i plan to never speak with you guys again.
chrisbarnes
Jun. 22nd, 2005 07:41 am (UTC)
I've been an extra on a few movies. My experience summarises thusly:

1. Long days.
2. Much standing/sitting around, waiting to be told to do something. Take a book to read.
3. Suprisingly good food.
4. Some money.
5. Eventually, a movie in which you appear as a vague background blur for a second or two, if at all.

If you're curious, I was in "The Night We Called It A Day" (in which all the scenes I was in didn't make the final cut, but I did sit next to Joel Edgerton at lunch), "The Illustrated Family Doctor" (haven't seen it yet) and some telemovie about the cast of Dynasty (never seen it, never want to).
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
yeah, those five things are pretty much what i'm expecting. i got told there'd be nice food, the gigs for ten hours a day (two days, which i figure is the norm) and me with some cash. i'm doing it more for the experience and amusement than anything else.
angriest
Jun. 22nd, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
I can attest to all of the above (says the blurry guy leaning against the bar behind Dan Wylie's head in The Shark Net).
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
i'm hoping it'll be a bit more fun sounding that this, but i suspect not. but i'll see. maybe i'll luck out and have an interesting, blog worthy experience.
angriest
Jun. 22nd, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
If you're interested in the process of making film, it's definitely a worthwhile experience. And the food usually is really good, and plentiful. And it helps to be chatty and sociable in down-time with other extras, who are sometimes really interesting people and sometimes insanely stupid models.
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
i'm just going in with an open mind for it. whatever happens. since it's a new experience, i imagine heaps will keep me occupied.
joey_j0jo
Jun. 22nd, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
:) My ribs hurt.
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
i know, i know.
speshal_k
Jun. 22nd, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
There will be blogging.

Woohoo!
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
well, i got to get something out of it, yes?
speshal_k
Jun. 22nd, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Heh.

No. *We've* got to get something out of it ;-)
tanuja
Jun. 22nd, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
Sweet.

By football do you mean Aussie Rules, rugby or "soccer"?

I now know of 2 people who are movie extras (although, the other one does claim to be an actor).

Best of luck and who knows where this will lead.
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 11:16 am (UTC)
i think it's league--i'm pretty sure i'm meant to dress like a penrith panthers supporter, with the brown and white. which won't be happening, as i don't have that stuff.

anyhow, it'll lead to two hundred bucks. that's all it needs to lead too, and really, all i want.

unless it's more money for less work.
tanuja
Jun. 22nd, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
unless it's more money for less work.

Don't we all want that :)
kylaw
Jun. 22nd, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
I myself love getting paid for hanging round film sets. The convict-era mini-series I was in last year is theoretically airing in August, and my hands are all but bound to be in one shot...
benpeek
Jun. 22nd, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
i wish i was getting to be a convict. or a thug. something i could visualise myself as. footy fan isn't one of those things.
bodhichitta0
Jun. 22nd, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, blog-worthy indeed. My friend (the one who is up with the damn polar bears again) was an extra on the X-Files (waitress) and on Diagnosis Murder (a mom riding up and down in an elevator with her kid)and I think another show where she was the Hot Non-Teen Woman. She said it was long and sort of boring but she said overall she was vastly entertained.

And there is certain irony about the sports thing now, isn't there? :-)
benpeek
Jun. 23rd, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
yeah, maybe i can turn a small career into playing sports people at the side of the road. heh.
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