You will get a call time (time to show up for
work) from your extras casting director. Keep in mind
that you will be driving to a location that you are not familiar
with. Give yourself extra time to get to the set or stage
(being late is not a good way to get a SAG voucher) Bring
reading materials for when you are in the holding area (a "bull
pin" for extras).
Sometimes you will be asked to bring your own
There will be a designated parking area for
the film crew. Sometimes if there are many extras they
will have a separate parking lot for extras. When in doubt,
ask. There usually is a security officer in the parking
lot, tell them you are an extra and ask them where to park.
Immediately check in with the ADs or
Extras Casting Director. Do not get tempted with the table
of bagels and breakfast burritos.
Look for an extras check in area. If you
are unsure ask a member of the production staff where extras
check in is located. (You will see notice them as they
are carrying a walkie-talkie, a silver clip board, and look
like they are doing five things at once.) Ask someone you see
where one of the AD is and ask them. Asking a Grip or
the Craft Services Person where to check in will not only be
a waste of both your time but you will look like you have no
idea of what is going on. Remember most of the ADs listen
to their walkie-talkies through a headset so remember that if
you are walking up to them they are more than likely listening
to instructions through the radio.
At check in you will fill out your paperwork
which is a form called a "voucher", you will have
a non-union voucher. If is is not already specified on
the voucher or if you are not told, ask if you are a general
extra have you been cast for something specific.
Next you will be told to check in with the wardrobe
department to either approve the wardrobe that you brought or
they will give you a costume. This is where knowing if
you were cast for something comes in handy. When you walk
up to the wardrobe trailer or holding area, say "Hi, I
am supposed to be a police officer." They will
fit you and then take your voucher as collateral to get their
police uniform back from you at the end of the day.
At that point If you have not eaten, grab something
to eat. Note that many times there are specific areas
for extras to eat other than the craf services table where the
cast and crew eat. Also there can be a delineation between
union and non-union extras eating areas. Again, don't
assume, just ask someone.
If you are wearing your wardrobe, take special
caution to not spill oatmeal on your shirt. If possible
remove anything you can just to be safe.
Go to the extras holding area and wait for instructions
from the ADs.
When you are placed in a scene remember whatever
you do, remember that you will have to repeat it many, many
times. Also take not of what you are doing when.
They are not always going to shoot a scene from beginning to
end. There will be times when you will need know where
you are in your action (sometimes called business) in a specific
part of the scene.
When you break for lunch, extras eat last. Make
sure that all the cast and crew have been through the lunch
line before you even approach the catering truck.
At the end of the day or when you are excused
by the AD's, find the person that checked you in and they
will sign you out. They will keep one copy of the voucher
and give you the other for your records.
After you get three SAG vouchers you are eligible
to be a member of SAG. Schedule
your appointment and come up with $1,192.00.
By Brad Hall