Grieving the death of her family, Sarah is confronted with baffling news. A stranger enters Sarah’s world claiming Steven Bell was wrongly convicted. – From Camp Wilson Instagram page (@campwilsonmovie).
Shock Nation is a webseries about a girl growing up in the streets of Baltimore City and trying to find her way, as well as escape from living in poverty and being surrounded by a neighborhood of violence and drug addiction. She gets inspired by a dance group called Shock Nation that changes her perspective on life. This series will go through the life struggles of today’s young adults living in poverty, but through their friendship and strong bond, they realize that together they can achieve anything, thrive to keep chasing after their dreams, and survive any obstacle because their love for dance helps to save their life in ways they could never imagine. – From TruTalent Creative Works website
Watch all eight episodes of Season 1 here.
Another name for extra is background. Official Screen Actors Guild (SAG) designation is background actor.
Featured extra is an extra that interacts with a principal actor, but does not speak (e.g., a restaurant host (extra) seating a customer (principal) at a table.
If an extra speaks, the person is no longer an extra – might be a “less than five” (i.e., 5 lines) or day player.
Extras typically move around within the confines of the scene, silently mouth words as if they are talking, and make gestures. Extras make for a more natural look. At the book signing scene for “Camp Wilson”, the extras were on line to greet the author. At the dance scene for “Shock Nation”, the extras were the fans and audience at the competition.
Extras are brought to a room (the holding room) and might be hanging out for a long time until needed. An extra must follow directions of the director or whoever is in charge of handling the extras.
Behind the Scenes Photography – Camp Wilson
All photos are from the author’s collection.
Behind the Scenes Photography – Shock Nation
All photos are from the author’s collection unless otherwise indicated.
I am so glad Randy got to experience some of what I do on-set. And we both got to learn about how extras are managed.
I will continue to document the “Camp Wilson” and “Shock Nation” experience.
Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.
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Originally published May 11, 2018. Updated October 15, 2020 to adjust category assignments.