So I saw in the newspaper that Netflix was going to make a movie in a nearby town. Then I saw that they were having an open casting call. All you had to do was show up with a picture and their form for consideration. It seemed like it might be an interesting thing to be an extra, so I thought “What the hell?” The paper said that it started at 11:00, and when I got there at 10:30 this was the line.
The guy in the orange shirt was acting much as the cowboys did in recent cow parade, he was there to keep the herd in line.
There was an interesting cross section of people there: people who wanted a glimpse of movie stars, people who thought they could be movie stars, and people who thought it would be a lark (like me!). Some people, especially young women, were all dressed up, in makeup and high heels. I will admit that I put on a clean shirt to come to this ;-).
I started talking to the two young men who were behind me in line. One had come from Denver and was a film student. He had been an extra in three movies, but he was rather excited about this one because “you get paid” although he was a bit fuzzy on where it was to be filmed (not Denver). And of course none of us had read the book it is based on or knew anything about the plot. (Old people falling in love in a small town).
This was the other guy, shown here putting on a mic for a TV interview. The girl reporter went down the line looking for someone to interview and picked him for some unknown reason. He had a professional head shot (photograph) and I expect that he will be cast for the softball scenes at least. I had printed off a photo of myself standing in the same spot as Jack Nicholson in “Easy Rider”, a movie made well before this young man’s time.
When we got in the building we got a number (I was #500) and a photographer took another photo of us. Then we got a briefing on how this might work if we were hired (as I said, they will pay for us extras!). As I looked over the paper I’m not sure if I actually want to do this (drive 50 miles away, be there at 6:00 am, and be on call for 14 hours), but it was an interesting way to spend an hour.