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Extra! Extra! Read All About It! [Nov. 10th, 2010|12:12 pm]
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I got to be an extra in the film Bernie, which is directed by Richard Linklater. It stars Jack Black, Shirley Mclaine and Matthew McConaughey, but I only saw Jack Black who seems like a nice guy with a very workmanlike attitude. I didn't get to meet him, but many of the extras did and they say that he was very friendly and not standoffish.

The first day I was called at the last minute to play a widow in a scene where it would just be me and Jack Black. I was really excited and rushed out to Lockhart where I was put through hair and wardrobe only to discover that someone else got the part. I was pretty bummed, but I was told to stick around and eventually I got to be a silhouette in a scene where Jack Black and some very talented actors perform a scene from The Music Man. The scene was amazing and fun to watch, but I was disappointed about missing out on my big moment. Here's a picture of me getting my hair done in anticipation of the big scene that never happened:

Bernie - Getting My Hair Done

Then last week I got called to be a mourner in two funeral scenes in San Marcos. The original call time was 6:30 am, but they changed it to 8:30 am. Even so, the holding area was in an unheated drafty tent and the early morning temperature was around 40° F. So I chose pants for my first outfit and, lucky for me, Wardrobe approved my choice of outfit. They picked a skirt, tank-top and light jacket for the second scene but it had warmed up by then and I was comfortable in that outfit. I may be visible in the movie as I was sitting quite close to Jack Black during one of the scenes. But I may wind up on the cutting room floor. Either way, I had a good time and I will be happy to get my two $50 checks when they arrive.

For the first scene, my hair was put up in a style that's called a "twist:"
Bernie - Profile - Twist Hairstyle

Bernie - Back View - Twist Hairstyle

This is me with my twisted hair and my first outfit of the day. The shooting was inside where it was warmer, so I didn't wear the jacket in the scene.
Bernie - Funeral Outfit #1

And this is me in the outfit I wore for the second funeral. In addition to changing clothes, they let my hair down and tied some of it back in a clip:
Bernie - Me in 2nd Funeral Outfit


[User Picture]From: dinahprincedaly
2010-11-10 09:24 pm (UTC)
cool! love the updoo
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-11-11 05:15 am (UTC)
Fascinating. Please keep telling us more when you get these assignments.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2010-11-11 03:52 pm (UTC)
You look nice with your hair like that and I really like the way you look in that purpley jacket and round-necked top. A different necklace, but a necklace too. Go to Chico's with this picture and get something like that. Then you will have a costume for real life roles. Kind of weird to have Jack Black's funeral in a tent, though. I didn't even know he died.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2010-11-11 09:15 pm (UTC)

How I Started Learning Fashion at 55

That's my shirt. I haven't worn it for years. It showed up in a pile of laundry a few days earlier, so I washed it and then when I got the gig, I threw it in my wardrobe suitcase. That's also my necklace, though where and when I acquired a fake (or maybe real?) string of pearls I'll never know.

Since I got into being an extra, I am constantly on the lookout for more clothes and jewelry. I'm trying to keep it cheaper than Chico's -- more like Goodwill, the Salvation Army. I've also discovered some good really cheap, like $5.00 cheap, stuff on the sale rack at Macy's.

Extras are supposed to bring 3 to 6 changes of clothing and we're supposed to arrive wearing our favorite of the choices. This last time, I realized that I should put my next-most favorite outfit on the top of the pile in my wardrobe suitcase because Wardrobe isn't interested in what looks best on me, they just want to quickly pick something (anything) that will work in the shot and then move on to picking an outfit for the next extra. So, if I have a favorite second outfit I need to have it show up first in the choices I present to them, because they're not looking for great, they are just looking for the first OK outfit they see. If I want to look great, I have to plan ahead and make it easy for them to pick the best outfit quickly.
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[User Picture]From: matildasmom
2010-11-12 03:54 am (UTC)
The hairdo is really nice!
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2010-11-12 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
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