Cut! Extras Tell Their Movie Set Secrets

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Award season is fully underway in the world of Hollywood. The Globes, BAFTAS, and Sag awards have all been and gone, and the Academy Awards is only around the corner.

This celebration of thespian talent got us thinking, though, about what it takes to make a movie. Sure we get to see the clean cut, polished version in the cinema, but what does it take the make a film? Well, we decided to ask the people in the business with enough power and knowledge to answer the question – extras. Here are a few secrets that might shock you about the movie making process.

No One Knows What They’re Doing

Okay, so this might be a little misleading but, apparently, the process isn’t always straightforward. Take the extras as the main example. They don’t know whether they are going to shoot the new John Wick movie one day or sit around in the pyjamas the next day. And it doesn’t stop at the extras. Some directors aren’t the most organised people in the world and don’t always have every little detail planned. Yes, they have the big scenes mapped out way beforehand, but the little ones don’t always get the same attention.

Movie Magic Is Real

Big films get big budgets so they can shoot on sight. Medium sized films and indie films don’t get the same amount of money, so they have to get creative. That means that everything you see on screen isn’t real. Big budget films aren’t innocent in this regard, either. Have you ever seen a film where they are driving a car with the town in the background? Not to burst your bubble but it is usually all green screen with corona models for trees to make it more realistic. Movie magic is real, but it isn’t as magical when you get to peek behind the curtain. At least that’s what we think!

It Takes More Than One Scene

A movie isn’t a bunch of actors turning up on set, saying their lines and wandering off into the sunset. As it turns out, even the legends need more than one go to get it right. In fact, they need plenty of goes to capture what they want to portray in the final edit. That’s why movie stars work fifteen hours a day for three months and why they will continue to do for the foreseeable future. I know what you think because I thought the same – even DiCaprio? Yes, even DiCaprio. What a sad day.

Actors Are Pretty Nice

We want our perception of rich, famous people to be right. We want them to be horrible because we think anyone that talented can’t be a nice person. Unfortunately, it isn’t the case for most actors. According to the extras, they are the salt of the earth. Okay, they might not run to Starbucks to get you a coffee, but they will say hello and engage in conversation from time to time.

Now that you know how movies are made, does it change your perception of the industry?

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