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Support Our #creatives is at Shoot for “Camp Wilson” and “Shock Nation” Season 2, April 28-29, 2018 – Focus on the Extras

 Introduction

So, my wife Randy and I got to be extras this weekend!
I was asked to be an extra by Barry Battle, writer/director of “Camp Wilson” (I had been communicating with on and off about “Camp Wilson”). This will be my first time in front of the camera – for a scene where an author is doing a book reading, and another scene at the book signing.
It was my first time on-set at “Camp Wilson”. There were some familiar faces, including Sharrie Mccain (I have worked with her on multiple projects including “Collision Envisage”), Akiba Robinson (“Shock Nation”), and Marnie Irene Jopp (“Collision Envisage”). Marnie was also an extra today.
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).
Kimia’ Workman, writer/director of “Shock Nation”, was calling for extras, for a party scene and the big dance competition scene. My wife Randy signed up and hence got her first on-set experience, AND first time in front of the camera. I was on-set as usual at “Shock Nation” doing my script supervisor responsibility, but also did some work as an extra (that was unexpected!).

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.


Extras! Extras!

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.

Camp Wilson: Holding room for extras
Camp Wilson: Holding room for extras
Camp Wilson: Holding room for extras
Camp Wilson: Holding room for extras
Camp Wilson: Angie Liles, Marnie Irene Jopp
Camp Wilson: Track for camera
Camp Wilson: Scene where book was being read by author (I was an extra). Nalo Merriman
Camp Wilson: Scene where book was being read by author (I was an extra).
Camp Wilson: Scene where book was being read by author (I was an extra).
Camp Wilson: Track for camera. Height controlled by boxes
Camp Wilson: Book signing scene (I was an extra). Left: Sharrie Mccain. Center: Nalo Merriman
Camp Wilson: Book signing scene (I was an extra).
Camp Wilson: Book signing scene (I was an extra).
Camp Wilson: Book signing scene (I was an extra). Second from left: Paul Kornelius Jerry. Third from left: Lianne Appelt
Camp Wilson: Book signing scene (I was an extra).
Camp Wilson:Book signing scene (I was an extra). Paul Kornelius Jerry, Barry Battle
Barry Battle and Alan Greenstein

Behind the Scenes Photography – Shock Nation

All photos are from the author’s collection unless otherwise indicated.

Shock Nation: Tiara Ferguson, Amber Simms, Al Morgan
Shock Nation: Al Morgan, Rick Palmer, Tiara Ferguson
Shock Nation: Amber Simms, Kimia’ Workman
Shock Nation: Tiara Ferguson, Rick Palmer
Shock Nation: Kia Calloway
Shock Nation: Randy Greenstein (extra), in holding room
Shock Nation: Rick Palmer, Kia Calloway
Shock Nation: Alan J. Upshur, Asim Amin
Shock Nation: Actors and extras getting ready for party scene
Shock Nation: Jordan Danielle
Shock Nation: Kimia’ Workman, Asim Amin
Shock Nation: Al Morgan, Kimia’ Workman, Asim Amin
Shock Nation: Asim Amin, Al Morgan, Alan J. Upshur
Annico Annan, Ila Sekou-Ra (photo from Shock Nation)
Chanel Wells, Jordan Danielle (photo from Shock Nation)
Shock Nation: Jai Wyldz, Dee J Boom
Shock Nation: The crowd (extras) watching the dance competition
Shock Nation: The crowd (extras) watching dance competition
Shock Nation dance team
Shock Nation dance team
Shock Nation dance team
Shock Nation dance team
Shock Nation dance team
Al Morgan and Shock Nation dance team
Al Morgan and Shock Nation dance team
Shock Nation dance team
Shock Nation: All the dance teams on stage
Shock Nation dance team with trophy.
Shock Nation: Dream Team (played by Studio A)
Shock Nation: Dream Team (Played by Studio A)
Parris Watkins, Jai Wyldz (photo from Shock Nation)

Conclusion

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.


Links to Additional Information

Background? Extra? Featured BG? What’s the difference? | DaveFerrier.com

What Is a Featured Extra in a Movie? | Pen & the Pad

Wikipedia – Under-five

Wikipedia – Extra (acting)


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