Friday, June 20, 2014
amount of days TBD but will be less than 11 days and will be shot this Fall
If this fits you/yourchild, please submit an image and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: CHUBBY BOY
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
SEEKING ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FOR BACKGROUND ACTORS FOR
the Gymnastics feature film
If you are interested in being B/G for "The Bronze" please send an email to email@example.com your picture, phone number, and days available between July 7-July 26.
These are PAID positions!! This film is shooting in Amherst, Ohio.
Children and minors must have parents submit their information.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
EXPERIENCED ACTORS ONLY: We'll be very selective in audition process!!
No phone calls please! Please visit lillianpylescasting.com (news) for details.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
What is a Background Actor?
War films and epic films often employ background actors in large numbers. Some films have featured hundreds or even thousands of paid background actors. Likewise, grand opera can involve many background actors appearing in spectacular productions.
On a film or television set, background actors are usually referred to as "Background Performers", "Background Artists", "BG", "Dayplayer" or simply "Background," while the term "Extra" is rarely used.
In a stage production, background actors are commonly referred to as "Supernumeraries". In opera and ballet, they are called either 'Extras' or 'Supers'.
According to the SAG-AFTRA Mission Statement, the union seeks to: negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements that establish equitable levels of compensation, benefits, and working conditions for its performers; collect compensation for exploitation of recorded performances by its members, and provide protection against unauthorized use of those performances; and preserve and expand work opportunities for its members.
The Screen Actors Guild was founded in 1933 in an effort to eliminate exploitation of actors in Hollywood who were being forced into oppressive multi-year contracts with the major movie studios that did not include restrictions on work hours or minimum rest periods, and often had clauses that automatically renewed at the studios' discretion. These contracts were notorious for allowing the studios to dictate the public and private lives of the performers who signed them, and most did not have provisions to allow the performer to end the deal.
SAG-AFTRA is the primary performer's union in the United States. The union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. SAG-AFTRA claims exclusive jurisdiction over motion picture as well as radio, television, Internet, and other new media. Internationally, SAG-AFTRA is affiliated with the International Federation of Actors.
How To Qualify For SAG-AFTRA Membership
1) Proof of Employment.
SAG-AFTRA membership is available to those who work in a position covered by a SAG-AFTRA (or AFTRA or SAG) collective bargaining agreement. Any person qualifying through work as a background actor must have completed three days of work as a background actor under a SAG-AFTRA (or AFTRA or SAG) collective bargaining agreement.
2) Employment Under an Affiliated Performers Union.
Performers may join SAG-AFTRA if the applicant is a paid-up member of an affiliated performers union (ACTRA, AEA, AGMA or AGVA) for a period of one year and has worked and been paid for at least once as a principal performer in that union’s jurisdiction.
All new members pay a one-time-only initiation fee, plus the first semiannual dues at the time of joining. The national initiation fee rate is currently $3000.00 (initiation fees may be lower in some states). Annual Base dues are $198.00. In addition, work dues are calculated at 1.575 percent of covered earnings up to $500,000.
Once you are a member, you must abide by the rules of membership, starting with Global Rule One and the No Contract/No Work Rule. And, whether you are a SAG-AFTRA member or not - NEVER accept work during a Union strike!
Becoming a SAG-AFTRA member is a very important milestone for every working professional talent in the entertainment industry. But you should not be in a rush to join unless you are absolutely certain that you are ready to compete for professional performing jobs. For actors, you should prepare yourself by studying acting and improv, doing live theatre, and perform in non-union on-camera productions in order to build your resume and gain extremely valuable experience.
How do I get three SAG-AFTRA background vouchers?
Occasionally there will be an immediate need for a certain look or ability on the set and if you are in the right place at the right time you will be offered a SAG-AFTRA voucher. Sporadically a casting director will offer you a SAG-AFTRA voucher if they are unable to locate a SAG member who fits the requirements of the production company.
Can I get an agent if I'm not yet a SAG-AFTRA member?
Demo Reel Information
A demo reel IS NOT the same as an "Audition Video". An Audition Video IS a homemade video that you make when casting directors are accepting audition video submissions.
It is NOT necessary to send in a demo reel when submitting for extra roles. Only submit a demo reel if the casting directors request it, or through an agent.
Extras Calling Services
Most Extras Casting Directors use these calling services often, especially when they are casting large amounts of extras for a specific production. It is much easier and less time consuming to make one call to a Calling Service and tell them what they need than it is to call each and every extra individually.
Once an extra signs up for a Calling Service, they provide them with photos, clothing size forms, and contact information. Then it is simply a matter of letting the Calling Service know your availability. The booking service will submit their clients based on their availability to all of the extras Casting Directors, and the Casting Directors can book as many or as few of these extras and give the booking service the call times, wardrobe requirements, shooting location, etc., to forward along to their clients. It is then the responsibility of the Calling Service to provide the details to their extras and confirm the booking.
Extras who do not use a Calling Service must constantly call recorded casting lines that the extras casting directors set up, and then call a separate number if they fit exactly what is on the recorded line. The competition to get work this way is extremely fierce. It is a generally accepted reality that extras who use respected and legitimate Calling Services are booked far more frequently than those who try to do their own booking.
The fees that Calling Services charge range from around $45 - $75 per month depending on your union status, age, and the number of days that you are booked during the month. There also may be an initial registration fee that can be as low as $20 to over $100 if they require a first month fee and last month fee in addition to the registration fee.
What time do I have to be there?Not everyone has the same call time, arrive when you were told, and
always check to see if you got your time changed in an email or an online blog is sometimes used to notify you of last minute changes.
Can I be in it if under 18?This varies from movie to movie.
Can I meet the main actors?...Seriously? Do I even need to answer why this shouldn't even be
Am I paid as an extra?Yes
Can I just come down if I didn't get a confirmation email?Sometimes you may get information about a scenes time and location. If you have not been confirmed, DO NOT just show up. If you believe you are supposed to be there, and there may have been a lost email etc. contact the casting office to check.
How many hours will I be on set?As many as needed, typically a minimum of 12hrs.
Is the main star going to be there?Does it matter if they are or not? You signed up to be in the movie
and that's what is needed, so come & "smile for the camera" its your
time to shine!
Can I get peoples autographs?You may sign your own autographs all you want, but its not proper to ask others for theirs.
Is it fun to be an extra?Its always fun when around fun people! The experience is what you
make of it, and just remember that you're there to do a job...do it, and
you'll have tons of fun!
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Should I Do Extra Work For Acting Experience?
I myself did extra work in the beginning of my career and it helped me tremendously.
So the answer is yes, doing extra work will help you. It doesn't pay a whole lot, but the experience you get is valuable.
Acting is like any other job, the more training and experience a person has, the better chance of getting the job. But at the same time, we all have to start somewhere!
Types of Background Actors
Featured Extra: Background Actor specifically called and assigned to perform work requiring special skills such as tennis, golf, choreographed social dancing (including square dancing), swimming, skating, riding animals, driving livestock, non-professional singing (in groups of 16 or less), mouthing to playback in groups of 16 or less, professional or organized athletic sports (including officiating and running), amputees, driving which requires a special skill and a special license (such as truck driving but not cab driving), motorcycle driving, insert work, and practical card dealing.
Stand-In: Background Actor used as a substitute for another actor for purposes of focusing shots, setting lights, etc., but is not actually photographed. Stand-Ins may also be used as general background.
Photographic Double: Background Actor who is actually photographed as a substitute for another actor. A General Background Actor who is required to do photographic doubling shall receive the Special Ability rate.
Day Performer: A Performer who delivers a speech or a line of dialogue. A Background Actor must be upgraded to a Day Performer if directed to speak, except in the case of “omnies”.
Omnies: Any speech sounds used as general background noise rather than for its meaning. Atmospheric words such as indistinguishable background chatter in a party or restaurant scene.
Advice for Child Actors
2. Learn as much as possible from the professionals you work with.
3. Get your rest, and drink plenty of water!
4. Be respectful and do what you are asked to do to make the child wrangler's job easy.
5. Remember you are there to do a job.
6. Share the experience with your friends and family.
7. Visit as many places as you can.
8. Be thankful for the opportunity.
9. Use your down time to keep up with schoolwork.
10. Laugh, Laugh, Laugh.
Rules to Surviving Extra Work
1) Don’t Stick Out:Many people believe that if they are an extra it will be the place they will get noticed and discovered. Unless, they are extremely lucky, they could not be more wrong, the point of being background is to be background. Consider yourself as movable furniture. So, a good rule of thumb is just not be noticed. Be quiet and unobtrusive; Besides, if you stick out in one scene as an extra, it will most likely hurt your chances for auditioning for a role in that project in the future. So, simply DONT STICK OUT!
2) Eat when you can:There will always be food on set but that food may or may not be for the extras and most likely it will not be that filling. So, it is best to get as much food as you can when catering comes around. Even if you are not hungry, grab a snack between scenes. Because, you may never know how long the next scene may take to finish.
3) Pee when you can:Your bathroom breaks are short and probably non-existent. So pee as much as you can when you have breaks. Keep in mind, that every minute that a production spends waiting is money wasted; something that any producer and network hates. It would help the production and prevent you from looking so bad if you use the bathroom between scenes and not in between takes. Bottom line, only use the bathroom when they say you can.
4) Don’t talk to anyone who isn’t directly extra related:Most actors are extremely focused and by asking an actor a question you may throw their concentration off. More importantly, everyone has a job to do. When it comes to the crew do not strike up conversations unless you have an important question and a Production Assistant is not around to help you. Sometimes crew will be bored and talk to you but assume they are doing something important at all times.
Cast should not be talked to unless they talk to you first. Never approach an actor on or off set, you are not there as a fan you are a working professional. No autographs, photos, etc and assume they are always busy even if they don’t look it.