ICE ICE BABY!!
I can’t contain the excitement of my recent work on the set of “ICEMAN” and I want to just dive right in but first things first. I must brag on the LEGACY team! This TEAM is a piece of ACE! Without these guys, this opportunity would not be possible for any of us, so never forget how you got to where you are! I sure won’t!
I personally have to thank Rachel for being my own personal cheerleader and Ashton for not only being at everyone’s beck and call while in holding but for personally rescuing me from being lost Tuesday morning when I was trying to find base camp. Thanks guys!! You RAWK!
Okay, on to the “cool” stuff about working as background (BG) on the movie “ICEMAN”. I was booked for Tuesday as BG for a very special scene with Robert (played by Chris Evans) and Richard (played by Michael Shannon) but as is the business of show business, things changed. It NEVER discourages me and I only look at it as the opportunity for the possibility of an even greater experience! I arrived to the base location around 6:30am Tuesday morning. This was after speaking with our very own Ashton (I like to refer to him as Tom Cruise BUT MORE AWESOME). Ashton may not realize it but he rescued me from my directionally challenged GPS. Ashley (with production) called shortly after I had dialed up Ashton so I decided I’d call her back one I was no longer lost. Ashley was calling to see if I was going to make it because due to Mr. GPS taking me to the wrong location I was running a tiny bit late.
Ashton led me to the main route and led me to signs with arrows that said “ICE” on them so I knew I could find my way from there. I called Ashley back as soon as I hung with Ashton to let her know that I was almost there! Once parked, I was able to catch a van then head down to quickly check in with Ashley and head to wardrobe. Wardrobe hooked me up in 1970’s clothing, then hair and makeup did their magic and I was ready to roll! Around 7:45am Ashley said they were ready for us on set so she took me and the three other BG actors to transportation where we hopped in the van to head up the road to location.
Once we arrived on set the director pulled Ashley aside to speak with her briefly then Ashley came back over and let us know that there had been some alterations she had not been informed of and some changes were definitively being considered.
No probs! Flexibility, patience, and understanding are golden for anyone willing/wanting to work in the industry: no matter the position you are filling to help out. I think I have a little too much fun doing this to be honest because I always get a bit excited when things changes because I know it will always be for the good of the film!
Anyhow, we hopped back in the van and headed back to base where we sat in the holding tent. We were to sit tight and wait for further instruction. Again, no probs! It was about 32 degrees Fahrenheit that morning so the four of us huddled around a little propane heater in the holding tent and waited patiently.
Additional BG was scheduled to check in a little after 10:00am and as the time continued to creep by and 10:00am inched toward us, we were pretty certain that “our” BG scene wasn’t going to happen. Long story short, it didn’t happen but wardrobe took us out of our 70’s get-up and placed us in 1980’s attire so we could get placed in the next scene with the approximately 30 new BG arrivals. Filmmaking is an art form and if it is placed in the right hands, it’s beautiful! I hate to jump the gun but I am willing to put myself out there and say that “ICEMAN” is in the hands of brilliance! I can’t give any vital information away but from what I have seen thus far, this movie will be AH-mazing. I know how to spell amazing, BTW.
Back to the scene … it was later in the afternoon now and even though it had warmed up a tad that day, we found cooler temperatures starting to recur as it got later. Don’t think that you don’t have to possess acting skills to work background because you certainly do! It takes talent to pretend it’s warm outside when it’s really not. It takes talent and good lipstick to cover your blue lips!
So it’s pretty cool outside but this was a “summer” scene. Most of us were in summer type clothing with little protection from the cool air. Some of us were even in worse shape than others too. If I were “PC” I would simply tell you that I had a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ but I’m not really PC so I’ll just tell you that my lovely, white bell bottoms ripped at the seem around the zipper. My awesome turquoise panties were saying “HELLO!” to everyone and I was getting an extra breeze thanks to that new opening! I didn’t want to have wardrobe redress me so I asked if I could wear a camisole under my shirt to pull down over the exposed under garments and my outer shirt would just cover the cami. Wardrobe said it was fine so I was good to go! Everyone in BG is strategically placed on set and given specific cues/tasks to achieve once they hear “background”. We were all set up and given our instructions and thankfully mine was simply sitting at a picnic table. I didn’t have to worry about flashing everyone since I didn’t have to move around. Here we go!
CAMERA ROLLING! SOUND ROLLING!!! ACTION!!!! BAAAAACKGROUND!!!
The shoot was only around two hours, maybe a little less. I can’t say exactly because I didn’t have a watch at the time. That’s pretty quick but the director was pleased after about twelve takes and several re-shoots from different angles and close to 5pm we were wrapping the scene up and heading back to base. Once back at base, we all lined up in front of the honey wagon to get out of wardrobe and put our own clothing back on so we could turn their clothing back in and get our vouchers.
I was standing in line to turn my wardrobe in when the head of wardrobe walked up to me and asked if I would be available on Friday for a big disco scene. I calmly (on the outside) and ecstatically (on the inside) told her I’d be available. She also asked my two fellow BG friends beside me if they would be available as well. She told us that she would get in touch with casting and let them know! I know me and anyone that knows me, does too and I could NOT wait to get home to email Rachel so I could tell her this exciting news!!! That’s exactly what I did too. Then it was official … I was booked for the Friday “DISCO” shoot! WOOHOO!! To be continued …..Read More »
Thanks to Ava Eadie for this blog about her day on set!
The day before . . .
5:00 pm: Reread Legacy Blog, “A Day In the Life of Extras Casting” – noted tag – ”Anyone want to be a ‘guest columnist’ about a day on set….” Oo, Oo, I do, I do! And so it began…
7:11 pm: Reviewed call for Neiman Marcus Dining Scene, call time . . . 1:30 pm bittersweet…would love first day on a film set to be full effects but, Ces’t la vie..
7:13 pm: Finish filling out Emergency Contact form – Check
7:15 pm: Make copy of DL – Check
7:25 pm: Review Garment bag for Clothing options – Oops, forgot to iron that blouse, Oops, Oops, this scarf needs pressed – Check, check and check – Oops, Ooops, Ooops forgot panty hose…will have to run to the store in the morning.
8:00 pm: Mention to hubby I will be a “RICH” matron in the scene – smirked he, “That will take some acting!”.
10:42 pm: Lights out. At least I don’t have to get up at midnight early.
Day of filming . . .
11:45 am: Last minute clothing preparation.
12:15 pm: God please keep I30 clear of traffic problems and keep me from becoming a traffic problem.
12:16 pm: Enter 2500 Main St, Dallas into GPS – I Love GPS!
12:40 pm: GPS took me to Ceasar Chavez Blvd South instead of North – forced stop on Hartwood while an old, hoary faced truck driver deftly maneuvers his diesel, blocking the whole street, between two SUVs in a tiny little delivery parking lot at Harry and Sons. Arrggg GPS!
12:53 pm: Woohoo! I am here at BASECAMP for filming.
12:54 pm: Meet Robin.
1:10 pm: Meet a cluster of other “RICH” Matrons in the parking lot: B.J., Sara.. “with an h”, Pam, Laura…”It’s Lori”.
1:20 pm: Waiting back in my car under the street above, watching some young, viral guy play with his very WOLF looking pet across at Dog Bark Central.
1:30 pm: Meet Andrei.
1:43 pm: Hear “RICH” Matron, B.J., frantically tell Andrei that her car won’t start and the windows are down.
1:45 pm: Handed a voucher to be filled out.
1:50 pm: Robin attempts to staple my DL copy and Emergency form to the voucher with her cute, teal colored, mini-stapler only to discover she is out of staples …she will be right back
1:53 pm: Matt checks my voucher …I failed to notice the voucher form is in Triplicate or perhaps it is
Quadruplicate…anyway back to the car to fill it all out…
2:00 pm: Waiting in line to have voucher checked again by Andrei….”My maiden name?..Oh, sorry, didn’t think that was highlighted.”
2:30 pm: Haul my bags to the wardrobe trailer to have outfit checked.
2:45 pm: Woohoo! Outfit approved, don’t have to change!
2:46 pm: Haul my bags back to the car and lock up.
2:48 pm: Share my “set bag” with Pam for her flats and newspapers.
2:50 pm: Standing out in the parking lot with a larger cluster of “RICH matrons” and Andrei waiting for vans to take us to Neiman’s.
3:09 pm: Sheila, a makeup lady, comes around and bans my red lipstick- …go to makeup trailer for tissues to clean up…Sarah there too trying to remember my name, asks me what my name rhymes with….I have never known of a real word that rhymes with Ava…but then I have not thought long on it…
3:15 pm…Corrine and Costume Designer decide I need an alligator bag to go with my outfit. They take my voucher…
3:20 pm: Van arrives and 10 or so of us all climb in… the Principle Stand-ins also happen to be in this van.
3:27 pm: Once at Neiman’s, in their breakroom, Ingrid goes over the lowdown of all the quiet stuff we have to do.
3:45 pm: Waiting with all the other “Rich Matrons” in breakroom…many are re-primping and helping others primp… the girl with the Snookie hair (she is much lovelier than Snookie and dressed far more sophisticated but I never got her name) helps Pam tease her hair….
4:23 pm: JJ and wardrobe people come in and make selections of “Rich” Matrons and Men.
4:27 pm: I along with several others are selected and shown to the dining area.
4:30 pm: Kara and I are to sit at the right front table next to the Principles’ table…right now the two Stand-in’s are sitting in…
4:40 pm: Kara and I become acquainted and practice our quiet background acting….
4:51 pm: Crew are dressing our table for dining…Kara and I have plates with bits of lettuce and tinier yellow bits of what sorta look like egg and two small chunks of chicken….I think I will pass on pretending to eat….really looks like someone already ate what was on my plate….
4:53 pm: Crew member puts ice in our glasses. He is wearing latex gloves. He gets some sort of critique by some other crew guy. First gloved crew guy walks away commenting that he needs some wine. I think that would be good too…some people have some on their tables, and some even have flutes filled with champagne or what looks like champagne, a crew guy is adding drops of Coke to the champagne to increase the bubbles I think.
5:10 pm: Still sitting, still waiting and practicing. I become concerned about looking stupid with over mouthing quiet conversations….I try to “tone down” my quiet mouthing.
5:15 pm: Someone calls for Sound, then Camera begins rolling, literally, and immediately proceeds to knock over a vase on the long table in the middle of the Zodiac Lounge, sounds like marbles fall all about. Director comes through calmly commenting for the retake.
5:30 pm: Back to breakroom while they film the left side of the scene.
5:35 pm: Starving …Pam shows me where the little snack cart is…YUM -sea salt potato chips. .Finish off little bag of almonds
5:37 pm: Christine, Pam and 4 others have not been taken for any background in the scene yet…
5:42 pm: A crew member comes in and takes half of the ladies not picked back into the dining room….Christine chuckles to Pam, “And then there were 3”.
5:48 pm: Those of us on the right side of the scene are called back in.
5:52 pm: Phil the AD, who has made sure he knows everyone’s name in the scene, adjusts me and the table. Three Makeup people actually come over and work on my hair and pony tail.
5:58 pm: Camera rolls…..pretend to converse with Kara….Principle scene sounds different…. Print….
6:05 pm: Camera Rolls for background sound.
6:15 pm: Outside Neiman’s waiting for Van ride back to parking lot…It is cold and raining….Crew and Principles come down and get in the first Van.
6:40 pm: Made 3rd Van ride back with Stand-ins and a full van load….Someone behind asks if anyone wants to go with her to some “Twisted something “ restaurant…
6:47 pm: Walk to back of the Wardrobe Trailer in the rain and turn in my alligator “clutch”, which I think was never viewed in the scene, to Corinne for my voucher.
6:50 pm: Turn in my voucher to Matt…
6:55 pm: Headed home…that’s a Wrap! Tired but delighted! Thanks Andrei and Legacy and Film Crew, You were all Awesome! Can’t wait for next time!!!
When we are in the midst of filming a show, extras casting seems to be a 24-7 job. Here’s a glimpse into one 24 hour period. This is an HONEST glimpse . . . no fabrications or exaggerating!
12:03AM Send out the skins for the day now that final call times have been confirmed.
12:05AM Send out an updated skins with some revised information.
12:30AM Go to bed.
4:30AM Wake up. Ugh. Early call times are a beating, especially since I was up so late working.
5:15AM Leave the house to drive to set.
6:00AM Arrive on set. Get breakfast! It is going to be a LONG day.
6:15AM Extras start arriving even though call time isn’t until 7AM. Check in extras until 9AM.
9:15AM Arrive at the office. Check email. Take phone calls. Get constant updates from the set. Put out fires. Pull photos for the director for several specialty extras. Send them via a PA to the set. Call the barber who is a consultant for a scene to confirm availability.
2:00PM Lunch break at the desk while checking emails. (Cafe Express — assortment of pastas and salads. Love this part of working in the office but wish I could actually stop and enjoy the food/get to talk to others in the office!)
2:15PM Robin calls with an emergency on set. Help with that for an hour.
3:15PM Hear back from the directors. They likes some of the photos I have sent them but they want more choices. Pull more pictures.
4:30PM Call Robin. Ask her to come back from set to the office to pick up the photos and drive them back to the set for the directors to see.
4:35PM Continue booking future scenes.
6:00PM Meeting with producer about situations on set.
6:10PM Status meeting with Robin to touch base on bookings.
7:15PM Leave the office. There is still more work to be done but this is a good breaking point to get home or else I will be here until 10PM . . . plus the Rangers are on! (Told you I would be honest!)
7:47PM Get a call from a featured extra canceling for tomorrow as I am driving home. Can’t answer because I am in traffic.
8:00PM Arrive home. Begin working on trying to find a new featured extra for tomorrow. Are you kidding me? Post on Facebook, Twitter, and start looking in the database. This could be tough. Very specific sizes and very specific look is needed. Put a panini in the panini maker to eat for dinner when I get to it.
8:30PM Get a call from a possible actor. He can work but lives six hours away. Yikes!
8:33PM Brainstorm possible extras to use with Robin and Rachel.
8:40PM Call a possible actor for the scene.
8:45PM Book a new extra as the featured extra. Phew, that was easier than expected. Thank you GOD!
8:48PM Try to call an extra for a scene and have the wrong phone number. Annoying!
8:50PM Call the out of town actor back to say thanks but no thanks.
8:55PM Get my burning panini out of the panini maker. Waiting for the final call sheet. Have to wait for them to finish filming. Start to make bets on when it will come. Start to work on the skins and website information for the extras once I have calltimes. If there is any downtime, check one of the 92 unread emails in our inbox.
9:03PM Send a text to wardrobe letting them know there is a different extra for tomorrow but his sizes should work for the costume that was bought last week.
9:09PM New panini in the panini maker. Take three phone calls. Write blog post.
9:14PM Panini out of panini maker.
9:16PM Text from the 2nd AD saying preliminary call times have been pushed a half hour.
9:35PM Six extras for tomorrow. Because each is absolutely vital, call each personally to confirm they know current call times and are coming! Work on updating skins with new call times. Post updated info to website.
9:53PM Eat panini. Gotta love a late dinner.
9:55PM Call sheet arrives. Call times confirmed. Sweet! Final post to the website. Email the skins out to the crew. Email the standins with their final times.
11:56PM Bed, sweet sweet bed. Oh how I’ve missed you! Set the alarm for 6:30AM but know it won’t be necessary because an extra, PA or director will call before then and wake me up with an emergency.
Here’s the play by play of my day! Anyone want to be a “guest columnist” and write about a day on set? We would love to feature it!Read More »
That’s right! You can now buy Legacy Casting shirts, mugs, and oh so much more at our Legacy Casting store hosted by Cafe Press! So you know, we make $1 or less profit on each item, so we are not trying to get rich from our store!!! We want to give you the chance to show your Legacy pride on the set and in the street so head on over and check it out . . . and let us know what you think! If you have ideas of items you would like to see added, feel free to let us know!Read More »
We realized today on set that in case of emergency, we have no way of knowing who to contact for you! So . . . starting tomorrow, every time you sign in on set, you will be given an additional piece of paper to fill in besides your voucher. It’s an emergency contact form. This will give us up to date information on who to contact if there is an emergency on set and you are unable to communicate. We will also email it to you nightly as part of your info packet so you can print it off and fill it in ahead of time if you want.
Also, this week we have started using our “In Progress Calendar” on our website. Each day, as we receive information about the upcoming day or days, we will post the information here for you to use. This allows us to provide a link to a google map/directions to the parking as well as update info as soon as we get it. Some days will be password protected. If you are scheduled as background, check the “In Progress Calendar” for the latest information for your scene. If it is password protected, you will receive the password in an email. Each day/scene will be a different password.
We love your feedback! Feel free to email us and let us know your suggestions, comments, or praise! We want to get better and better each day at serving the film industry and helping our awesome background!Read More »
A huge thank you to Brandon Noack for sharing this on our facebook page! We loved it so much we had to share it on our website! FYI — there is offensive language from 3:31-3:34 so feel free to mute it! Click the link below to be redirected to this awesome video that is an homage to all of you!!! Background Anthem \”Lose Yourself\”Read More »
Wonder what’s going on in the casting world? Currently we are in the midst of casting our extras for the first episode of “Dallas!” Woohoo! Also, we are currently in talks about casting extras for a few other projects. We are waiting on firm dates and will let you know as soon as we know something! Meanwhile, we are loving all of the new fall shows that have started on tv and are always looking in the background to see how the background extras are doing! Do you ever get annoyed to see a background extra cross back and forth in the same scene or are you ever impressed with the extras on a show? What new show this year has captured you????Read More »
Today we met with our amazing web designer, Erica Jennings of Jennings Design. She has been amazing to work with!!! It is inspiring to work with another small business owner. Erica is creative, professional, and so talented!!! If you are in need of graphic design or web design services, definitely contact her! Today we officially pull the cover off of our website and reveal it . . . but it isn’t finished yet. Keep checking back as we keep updating our website and adding new content. Our online database will be added in soon as well as staff bios and more information about upcoming shows. We will also be adding a store where you can buy Legacy Casting swag!!!
Thanks for your continued support!Read More »
Today the feature film, “Legend of Love” started filming in and around Shreveport, Louisiana. The movie is a gripping story of race relations in the United States in the 1890’s written and directed by John Quashie. It is a SAG ultra low budget movie but it should still gain some attention because of its deeply moving script and awesome actors. Andrei cast all of the actors for the movie and has had a great time collaborating with John and the producer, Philip Brooks. It was overwhelming to see such great talent audition and book the roles. Good luck to the cast and crew of “Legend of Love!” Thanks for letting Legacy Casting be a part of your production.Read More »
This past weekend we held auditions for the fifteen speaking roles in Legend of Love. It was an unbelievable experience. First of all, to see actor after actor come into the audition room and vulnerably share their craft is always overwhelming. Second, repeatedly, the performances were so moving . . . even without costumes, lighting, or makeup . . . under the fluorescent lights of the office or in the video tape submissions, you moved us . . . some times to silence, some times to cheers, some times to tears. It takes incredible dedication to be an actor and to pursue this industry. You have to be incredibly self aware, sure of yourself and yet humble, and ready to see deep inside yourself, and the part you are playing. It is one thing to read words on a page, but to understand your character and convey that to an audience in a way that is authentic and believable takes your craft and audience to a different level. So today we applaud you . . . the actors who work day in and day out, hoping for your break but also committed to growing. Thank you.Read More »