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Answers to Question 2


Jan 26 2009, 12:35am

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Answers to Question 2 [In reply to] Can't Post

1) Is filming still slated to begin in early 2010? Or have things shifted earlier or later? I suppose this is something that will become clearer as time goes on, but I'm still curious. I couldn't find any hard information in the articles I read.

I'm not sure, myself on the current schedule as I have not kept up with the details in the last few months, but I'm sure someone on this forum will be able to answer this. I believe early 2010 is still a reasonable time frame.

2) What do you think the chances are of getting a spot as a non-speaking extra? I'd be living in Wellington, have a working visa, be set up with a talent agency as you suggested, and be available at any time. Plus my stature and appearance would probably fit either Men or Elves. :) But I've heard that lots of people are doing the same thing I am, and I'm sure many locals are thinking the same way. Is it likely going to be a situation where those who aggressively pursue positions are the only ones who will get them? Or do they need so many people on these sort of films that someone focused but not obsessed on getting a position would stand a chance?

I think your chances are excellent. Not only has Guillermo expressed an enthusiasm towards the idea of possibly giving fans a chance to be extras, but it sounds like you will meet all the requirements a talent agency could want from you. You have to be available to work pretty much any time and be reliable. I have had call times as early as 3 AM with days that have last 14 hours. I have also had call times from 7 PM that went through the night and did not wrap until 4 AM. You can turn down a day or two or work if you can't make it fit your schedule, but turn down too many and the agency will stop asking you.

If you have a method of transport of your own that would be even better, but it is likely a film of this size will have a pick up point for extras to gather where a bus will collect you. Keep in mind that filming all over the country will unlikely see you being driven all over the place. Say a scene is being filmed down near Queenstown. Well they will draw from locals in that area to be extras, just as they will draw on talent based in whatever location they are filming. So if you are primarily interested in the studio filming then I'd say Wellington is your best bet for the majority of work, but often location shooting requires a lot of extras too.

I'm not sure what the demand will be like for a lot of extras outside of the big battle of five armies etc... but there are plenty of scenes that call for a number of extras especially Esgaroth and the Mirkwood Elves. Aggressively pursuing work as an extra is an excellent policy. Being passive will result in your relying more on the luck of the agency chancing upon your contact card, or file and deciding to give you a call. This is too passive for this type of work, at least if you don't want to miss out on a particular film project. Call every day to ask if any more work has come in. Often they deal with so much talent that the less active people in their lists get overlooked. The more you talk to them and let them know you exist, the more they will not only have your name near the front of their minds but they will be prepared to give you a shot. And if you prove reliable they will reuse you again and again.

Obsessing over getting a part as an extra is not a good idea. If they get the idea you're some sort of freak, they might not be keen on using you. When it comes to extras, usually the judgment of the agency is trusted by the film's casting director so keeping on good terms with your agency is important. Keep the agency on their toes, and make sure they don't forget about you.

Also, remember that talent agency SUCK. They can really jerk you around with getting paid, and often you may have to call them daily to demand to get paid. Nobody wants to have to get short with the agency that gives them work, for fear of them effectively blacklisting you (although I don't mean they will do this literally). But you are entitled to the money you earned and make sure you keep as informed as possible with your fellow cast mates about whether they are getting paid and when you might reasonably expect to be paid too. The agencies like to sit on the money and accumulate interest for as long as they can before giving you the money that you earned. They truly are coniving and duplicitous. Still, if you love Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and want to do this then it's probably worth it regardless. You can always jump to another talent agency if one doesn't work well for you. This is a large film and like LOTR they will have to draw from multiple agencies to get all the extras they need.

Good luck! And sorry for rambling a bit. I have that tendency.

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How to be an extra / speaking role / or crew member in The Hobbit film merklynn Send a private message to merklynn May 28 2008, 7:23pm
    Good on you merklynn. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua May 28 2008, 7:34pm
    You Tease!!! *twitch* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 28 2008, 7:39pm
    Thanks so much for the info! ringbearer9 Send a private message to ringbearer9 May 28 2008, 8:20pm
    Thanks ... Elven Send a private message to Elven May 28 2008, 9:01pm
    That was most interesting! Thank you! // OhioHobbit Send a private message to OhioHobbit May 29 2008, 12:26am
    Thanks for the information Rosie-with-the-ribbons Send a private message to Rosie-with-the-ribbons May 29 2008, 5:49am
    Thanks, and additional info Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen May 29 2008, 9:19am
    Oh wow! Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum May 29 2008, 12:50pm
    Thanks for the insider's perspective! Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal May 29 2008, 7:14pm
    Thank you very much.. tattooed_dwarf Send a private message to tattooed_dwarf May 29 2008, 8:40pm
        Hmm.... merklynn Send a private message to merklynn May 29 2008, 9:05pm
        We have very low unemployment levels, Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua May 29 2008, 11:26pm
            Sounds great.. tattooed_dwarf Send a private message to tattooed_dwarf Jun 6 2008, 5:32pm
    If I could rearrange my life... CreepyKrade Send a private message to CreepyKrade May 29 2008, 10:46pm
    The Bottom Line: JRandomRohirrim Send a private message to JRandomRohirrim May 31 2008, 1:17am
    Great information overlithe64 Send a private message to overlithe64 May 31 2008, 2:19pm
    Thank you!!! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira May 31 2008, 3:00pm
    Thanks a lot. Just need a bit of help Jonno2343 Send a private message to Jonno2343 Jun 1 2008, 4:33pm
        Modelpool merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jun 1 2008, 7:04pm
            Thanks Jonno2343 Send a private message to Jonno2343 Jun 1 2008, 7:46pm
                Modelpool disappeared Jonno2343 Send a private message to Jonno2343 Jun 2 2008, 1:03pm
    Very informative;-) frodo33 Send a private message to frodo33 Jun 19 2008, 5:16am
    Hmmm... simplyaven Send a private message to simplyaven Sep 18 2008, 8:31pm
    Very helpful! Maravathar Send a private message to Maravathar Jan 25 2009, 11:25pm
        Answers to Question 2 merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jan 26 2009, 12:35am
            Thanks again! Maravathar Send a private message to Maravathar Feb 1 2009, 10:13pm
                Not impossible, just not for the faint hearted merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Feb 1 2009, 10:33pm


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