“The Farting Corpse” movie. Movie fans and film critics dubbed it so, after it’s premier at Sundance earlier this year. Some critics held it among their favorites and others walked out in disgust. So why did I choose to see Swiss Army Man on my birthday to watch by myself?
We’re visiting family in NE Pennsylviania, and my awesome wife asked me what I wanted to do today, so naturally, I looked up movie times! There were several choices at the theatres that my wife and I could see together, or maybe we could take our three kids to their first theatre experience. (They’re 4, 3 and 1 and no they haven’t been to a theatre yet though the oldest is dying to go and it’s something we’ll do with her before she starts Kindergarten in August!) But she really pressed me and wanted me to choose the movie I wanted, regardless of restrictions. You see, as a self proclaimed movie fan, I say, “I could watch any movie and probably find something I like about it” so often times I end up choosing to forego the movie I really want to watch and settle for the path of least resistance, which leads to watching the movie that my wife/kids would like or won’t be put off by because of content or subject matter. So rather than seeing some lighter fare I went to see Swiss Army Man, by myself. (It was totally the right decision, my wife wouldn’t have liked it and neither would any of my inlaws!:)
Paul Dano stars as Hank, a lonely man on an island trying to kill himself, when a dead body washes ashore. The dead body is that of Daniel Radcliffe, who’s farting corpse catches Dano’s attention. From then this becomes a buddy comedy as Hank finds many interesting uses for the corpse, from chopping wood, to shaving, to miraculously getting water. All the while Dano converses with this corpse, eventually calling him Manny. Manny we learn is not truly dead but doesn’t understand anything about the former life he left behind. He can converse and even repeat concepts he’s learned from Hank. He helps to reflect Hank to the audience and to himself. Hank is a lonely guy who can barely work up the nerve to tell a girl he likes her. However when meeting this “corpse” he opens up and begins telling him things he’s barely told anyone and finds acceptance and even friendship.
The directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (also called DANIELS) use beautiful music and imagery to tell the story in addition to the amazing acting by Dano and Radcliffe. The Production Design is outstanding as well. There are MANY beautifully made scenarios that were brought to life in the woods by trees, and other found items. All this serves to flesh out the environment the story is told in and enhances the beauty of the film. If you like indie films it will be worth your while. This story is primarily about friendship. It’s about acceptance, love and sacrificing yourself for you friends. It’s a universal story, as all of us have felt rejected and a friendship or multiple friendships have helped us to rise above. The film is worth watching if you love smaller indie films, and have a quirky sense of humor. There were plenty of people laughing in our theatre, and I was one of them. It was an awesome birthday and this movie helped to make it so!
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I have a lot of DVDs! I can’t tell you how many but it’s A LOT! Even now, I LOVE to buy them (especially if they’re in a discount bin with lots of Special Features! Really my collection started in college, where I’d buy movies arguably without discretion. Sadly though, while I’m a huge movie buff and do watch lots of films, and tv shows, for whatever reason I have a hard time ACTUALLY WATCHING my own movies, yes including the ones I bought in college! (This could be my own attempt to psycho analyze myself.
So I’d like to go through my collection of films and watch each one and write about it. Initially I wanted to start at letter A and go through every film that way, I still may… even though I watched Cloverfield a few weeks ago. It was fun to revisit that movie especially given that I haven’t seen it since it was in the theaters. Similarly, I rewatched “Batman Begins” last night. I hadn’t seen it since the summer of 2005 in Kittanning, PA in a crappy theater. It was my first summer out of Grad School. I enjoyed it then and wanted to rewatch it for awhile as “Batman V. Superman” came out a few months ago and I wanted to do a Batman deep(ish) dive. Anyway- I finally watched it again.
Oh my. I loved re-watching this film! Chris Nolan wanted to update Batman and set it in an ultra realistic world. Prior to this incarnation of Batman we last were subjected to “Batman And Robin”, and the cheesy, campy lines and set pieces therein. As a kid I loved the Adam West Batman, and Joel Schumacher tried to tap into that cheesiness and failed miserably. Nolan on the other hand achieved his goal of creating a believable Bruce Wayne and Batman! From the opening shot you know Bruce Wayne and his motivations, you watch him train, you watch him strike fear into the criminals of Gotham by embodying The Batman. The entire film is cast brilliantly which adds to the believability of this film. Liam Neeson shines as a mentor/foil to Bruce. Michael Cain almost steals the film as Alfred as does Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox. Props to Warner Brothers who said yes to every casting choice of Nolan’s. Who would have thought that Gary Oldman would be such a subtle and interesting Jim Gordon? But besides that it’s Rachel Dawes played by Katie Holmes that really serves to tug at Bruces’ heartstrings when she said “What chance does Gotham have, when good people do nothing?” She, along with the memory of his father, is Bruces’ conscience and motivates and inspires him to do what he does. She calls him out on the fact that he’s wearing a mask as Bruce Wayne and the REAL him is The Batman! Fortunately for us there isn’t going to be a shortage of Batman films anytime soon. And moreover we can always look back at the Nolan trilogy even if we don’t love the current state of Batman films! (To be clear, I’m not an ultra downer on Batman V. Superman and I REALLY liked what Ben Affleck brought to the table, so I feel like we’re in good hands coming up… but if anyone disagrees they can ALWAYS look back and find Batman films of the HIGHEST quality starting with “Batman Begins”.)
What did you think? Let me know in the comment section below!!
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So many exciting projects are happening in the Legacy Casting offices right now.
In Shreveport, Kate is rocking it! The movie ‘The Last Word’ is continuing its filming while ‘Salem’ is just beginning to film in Shreveport. Are any of you working on either of those projects? We hope so!
In Dallas, Andrei and Robin are holding the fort down on ‘Dallas.’ We loved seeing tons of our awesome extras at Southfork this week.
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Hello awesome background extras!
This week we are giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. Let’s just say it involves a lot of spreadsheets, Diet Coke, and phones to our ears. We love all of you and love going to work everyday. First sneak peek? Andrei at work in our Dallas office.
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Dick is a salty, offensive and most of the time foggy, ex roadie who still relishes the glory days of arena rock touring. With a crude mind, and no filter, his redemptive qualities still show through with certain co-workers (Kent and Shannon). He’s incredibly ingenuitive and loves his job as lighting technician, which is the only redeeming quality about working at theAtrium, in his mind.
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I get calls and emails ALL THE TIME, asking “please can I get a ‘featured’ role on the project you’re casting for.” I never know how to answer that because I am not in charge of where you get placed on set, or where the cameras get placed. Nor do I do the editing. So booking you as a background actor even a “Featured Extra” DOES NOT EVER GUARANTEE that you’ll be in the final product of the film, TV Show or Commercial we’re casting for. You do not need to keep asking if you’ll be featured. Below is an idea of what we go through to select the so called “featured extras” and how you can put your best foot forward to possibly be considered.
Sometimes when working on a particular Film or TV Show, we’re asked by directors to submit photos of “specialty” or “featured” background actors, that may be in front of camera or may be interacting with one of the lead actors. People that are shown to the director for consideration are called “picture picks”. When we’re asked to do this, we typically create a www.mycastingfile.com character breakdown or open call and also post something on Facebook giving specific dates of what’s needed. Sometimes we’ll even call and email you to ask for different photos etc… (We usually use these multiple platforms because film and tv is a hurry up medium, and people want to see their picture picks NOW!) But we also need to make sure that our background actors are actually available on the days that the scene is supposed to film before we can submit them. (There is nothing worse than showing a great photo of a great person to the director, having that director chose them and then having that person tell you they are not actually available for that date! Then you have to go back to the director and tell him/her “I’m sorry that person isn’t available…” and it makes you look bad, ticks the director off and generally wastes everyone’s time…)
Before picking our picture picks we meet with the director and he/she tells us what he’s looking for, and then we seek it out in our database. When we ask you for different photos, it’s because we know a different look may sell you better to the director. We’ve worked with some of you for 6 years or more and have seen you in a VARIETY of different roles. These directors may not have ever seen you before and are only going by the 1 or 2 photos you’ve sent us. If we’re looking to book a “Body Guard” spot we may ask you to send a photo of yourself looking more imposing. Maybe wearing a tank top instead of a business suit. Similarly if we’re looking for a nurse we may not need to show a photo of you in a cocktail dress. It doesn’t sell the image we’re looking for. So we may ask you to take a new photo of yourself in scrubs and send it to us.
After the pictures have been looked through and the director makes his choices, someone from my department will reach out to you to tell you you’re booked, congratulations! The bummer is that for every 1 or 2 people that book the role there are 20+ people that didn’t book and are disappointed. I’m always sad that people are disappointed but keep plugging away at it and your day will come too! The best way to continue to be considered for “Featured” background roles is to A) have a good headshot that I can show to the director (if your headshot isn’t good I likely won’t show it.) B) Be willing to work as a background actor even though it’s not a “Featured” role. When I see people come to set and have a great attitude, and do it over and over again regardless if they’re seen or not, it makes a HUGE difference to me. It makes me want to cast them more often and continue to give them further opportunities.
So please realize that there are PLENTY of times on a set in which you can be a “Featured Extra” and never be seen at all on TV. There are other times when you are seen really well on a tv show or movie and you weren’t picture picked at all. You were cast by us the casting company who knew you’d have a great look for the scene and knew you were a reliable background actor! If you have any questions about this or anything else please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to “Olympus Has Fallen,” a Millennium Studios movie. Thank you for being a part of this project! We think you will be proud of the final result. We want you to have fun and enjoy this experience! However, it will require hard work and cooperation from you. Please read the following IMPORTANT information very carefully, even if you have worked as a background actor many times before!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE WITH YOU IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST DAY ON “OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN!” If you have previously worked on THIS show, you do not need to bring it.
ALL Secret Service, Police and Gate Guards must come clean shaven.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: This will be a very physically demanding day for you. If you feel like you are not ready for a physically demanding day, please let us know so we can reschedule you for a different day. You will be outside in the heat, running, sweating, and “escaping from terrorists and gunfire.” It will be a fun day as well but we just want to make sure you are prepared for the exertion. Please wear sunscreen and solid, comfortable shoes.
Also, please keep SAFETY at the forefront of your mind. If something doesn’t feel safe or look safe, STOP AND SPEAK UP!! Safety is the most important thing!!!! Please also listen carefully to crew instructions since they have been briefed on how to operate SAFELY. They have important instructions, designed to keep you safe on set. If you have any questions about this, please ask us ahead of time.
TIME: FINAL CALL TIME 7:30 AM
LOCATION/PARKING: 2000 Centurytel Blvd. Bossier City, LA 71111 (Century Link Center) Follow the signs to extras parking. Please park in the parking lot, go to the left/front side of the building, through the fence where you will see catering. There is a small ramp here. Please go up the ramp into the building to get signed in. After you are signed in, you are welcome to eat breakfast off the food line (but not off of the truck.)
SECRET SERVICE: Your clothes should be VERY corporate looking. Please make sure they are IRONED/PRESSED, and well coordinated. Dark suits, dress shirts, dark ties, somber colors are the most appropriate. If you are booked for Secret Service, you MUST have a dark suit jacket to work or wardrobe may send you home! You MUST have closed toed shoes. No open toed shoes will be allowed on set! Wardrobe has specifically said that they are running low on suits so BRING A SUIT or BLAZER or SPORTS COAT or other corporate looking outfit. We cannot stress enough that wardrobe really needs you to bring a suit with you, not depend on wardrobe, unless you have been prefit for a suit that you wear each time you are on set.
COMMANDOS: If you are new, please bring “tourist” clothing, but no reds or greens. You must wear closed toed shoes. If you are returning, please bring what you have worn previously.
GATE GUARDS: Wardrobe will be provided for you. Please bring black boots/shoes.
POLICE OFFICERS: Please wear a white tshirt, black pants, black belt, black boots/shoes. The rest of your wardrobe will be provided for you.
MEN HAIR: Please be as clean cut and clean shaven as possible. No visible piercings or tattoos.
WHAT TO BRING: Stay cool and hydrated on set! Personal fans, water bottles, etc are all encouraged! Please wear COMFORTABLE shoes since you will be standing and running a lot! You will be outdoors the entire day. Even extras holding is outdoors so please plan accordingly. What do you need to bring with you to prevent heat exhaustion/dehydration? Remember to bring sunscreen!
PLEASE BRING A PHOTO COPY OF YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE OR PASSPORT!
When you get to set you will check in with a member of our staff or the PA on set. Our Office Line/Emergency phone number is 318-734-1088.
What to bring: Please wear your favorite wardrobe option (that fit the guidelines for your role) and bring 3-5 potential wardrobe options for the wardrobe department to choose from. Please come “hair and makeup” ready. The hair and makeup department will check you and make sure you fit the scene but they are not responsible for getting you all made up!
Please also bring something to keep busy while you are waiting to film . . . book, ipod, magazine, cards, etc. Do not bring anything that you would be upset if it was lost or stolen! The production is not responsible for lost or stolen property. It is also wise to bring snacks with you to eat throughout the day. Craft services will provide snacks in the extras holding area but it is good to have snacks you know you love. Lunch will be provided six hours after the crew has to be on set. Do NOT bring guests! Anyone that is not on a payroll voucher will not be allowed to stay. If you do not have a current drivers license, please bring a voter’s registration card, State ID, Active Military ID or a Passport.
Be On Time: Be on time!!! It is best to be early, better to be on time, and BAD to be late! Your “Call Time” is the time that you are due to arrive on set, not pulling in the parking lot, or leaving your house. We will update your call time as soon as it is available! Often we will not know the time until late the evening before the shoot because we have to wait for the production to wrap.
Arriving and Getting Paid: Park and look for the “Extras Holding Area.” You must report to the “Extras Holding Area” to sign in and to receive a “Pay Voucher.” Do not lose this voucher, it is the key to being paid! Make sure you have your ACTUAL Driver’s License OR your passport with you as well as a photocopy of your document. The photocopy will be collected with your voucher and given to the accounting department. If you do not have a photocopy and actual document, you will not be able to work. Please also make sure you know your Social Security number. Someone from the wardrobe or props department may take your voucher in exchange for a costume or prop and will return your voucher to you when you return your item. At the end of the day, you will sign out and turn your voucher in to a member of the AD team (Assistant Directors). Always keep your copy of the voucher receipt! It usually takes 3-5 weeks to receive your check. The payroll company listed on the voucher is your employer on record for the project/s worked! *LEGACY CASTING IS NOT YOUR EMPLOYER!!* All payroll inquiries should be made to the number listed on your voucher.
Once on Set: Do not bring your camera, laptop, ipad on set. Please turn your cell phone OFF whenever you are going on set. Once on set, the ADs (Assistant Directors) and AD PAs (Assistant Director Production Assistants) will let you know what you are supposed to do in a scene. It is very important to be quiet at all times and pay attention to their instructions. On set, everyone has a specific job to do. Please ask the AD PAs if you do not know what to do . . . do not ask wardrobe, cameramen, grips, etc. The ADs need to know where you are at all times. If you need to leave the set for any reason, please check with them first. The ADs and AD PAs are your point of contact while at work.
Actors are your Co-Workers: Please DO NOT ask the actors for autographs or engage them in conversation. Actors are working hard to be “in the zone.” They are there to do a job, just like you are.
Hurry Up and Wait: In this business, everything is “hurry up and wait.” There may be long periods of time when it seems as though nothing is happening. However, actors may be rehearsing lines, the crew may be lighting the set, etc. Be patient! You are getting paid even when seemingly nothing is happening! The hours can be long and the weather can be trying. When you agree to be an extra, WE NEED YOU ALL DAY LONG! Once you are “established” in a scene, we need you to remain on set until we complete the shooting of that scene. If for any reason you cannot spend twelve or more hours with us, please let us know before the day of shooting.
At Wrap: Return your wardrobe and/or props and bring your voucher to the extras holding area to sign out. In order to be paid, you must not leave with your voucher. A member of the production staff will approve your voucher and give you a receipt. Check your voucher and make sure it shows the correct number of hours worked. If you parked your car or drove your car in a scene, there is an additional “bump” on your paycheck for this. Check to make sure you were given the bump, if applicable. Save this receipt until your paycheck arrives.
Emergencies: Emergencies happen. We understand. If you are lost or sick, please call our office at 318-734-1088. If you do not show up and do not let us know in advance, you will be considered a “no show” and marked as such in our database which will impact your future bookings.
PR: We are the PR for this show! Please remember this when you post on facebook, twitter, or talk to your friends and family! In our tech savvy world, everything you say and post can be used against you. Choose wisely what to post! If you post a picture or comment on your day on set, the production could ask that you are not invited back. Be wise!
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