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Hollywood in the Hub: How to be a movie extra

Jul 17, 2012 8:40am
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(NECN) - With all of the filming going on in Boston - many local residents are sure to be looking to make it onto the big screen.

Angela Peri, Owner of Boston Casting, joined "The Morning Show" to shares ome tips on how to become an extra in a movie, as well as the do's and don'ts after landing the gig.

How to land a background role:

a. Utilize the Boston Casting database
b. Take on-camera acting classes offered through the Media Performance Institute.

The do's and don'ts of extras:

- Commit to a full 12+-hour day. A typical day could be from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or an overnight shoot could be from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Pay rate Non-Union: $75 for 10 hours, $100 for 12 hours, overtime after 12. Union: SAG Extra Scale.
- Do not speak to the director, assistant director, or actors, unless they speak to you first. They are extremely busy.
- Never look into the camera. Try to know where the camera is and which way it is filming; this will help you not to look at it in error.
- Always stay in designated areas ("Extras Holding") as a group. Do not wander off. If you need to leave the set to use the restroom or the phone you must ask the extras coordinator or a production assistant.
- When the shoot ends for the day, by law you must leave the set immediately after signing out with the production company. 
- Non-Union extras are responsible for picking up their call time (the time you need to arrive on the set) on Boston Casting.com

Boston Casting has worked on feature films such as: "Ted", "The Fighter", "Mall Cop", and "Knight and Day" - just to name a few. 

For "The Fighter", Boston Casting cast both principals and extras.

Boston Casting is currently working on "Labor Day" with Kate Winslet. The agency is currently looking for 1980s cars and infant twins with red hair for the movie.
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