Royal Roads University is offering a new one day course to help prospective extras get the tools they need to be successful on set. The course is called lights, camera, and action: Everything you need to know about being an extra in film and television.
It runs on May 7th for four hours and it costs $65.00.
Annie Klein, a casting director and one of the instructors of the course spoke to CBC and said there is a lot to know for background performers. She also says it’s not unheard of for actors to be discovered starting off as an extra on set so, knowing proper etiquette could be the key. Vancouver has already been a hot spot for the film industry and now with the low Canadian dollar, it’s time Vancouverites also cash in.
“We have them fill out the paperwork, and then we talk about hair, makeup, wardrobe… attitude for sure, is very important.”
The university website lists out what their course is going to cover. Anyone who wants to take part in the course is recommended to register by April 23rd, 2016.
- How to find a talent agent who will get you work on set
- Overview of film and television industry and where Extras fit in
- Set etiquette and set safety
- Familiarity with the “lingo” you will hear on set
- Hair, makeup, and wardrobe dos and don’ts
- Paperwork required by payroll departments to ensure fast and efficient payment
- Learning to read a call sheet
- Developing an understanding of how to take “direction”
Written by: Luisa Alvarez
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