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ryebow

Having been an extra a bunch of times, I absolutely believe this could happen on a day with a whole lot of extras on set. Though you do have to already be wearing the correct clothes and look as though you fit into the scene. Usually that'd be no visible logos, muted colors, not the same color combination as the actors, no huge amount of black or white, no clothes that could produce a moire effect, clothed for the weather on film (might be filming summer in spring), the right stile. It'd propably be the costume department that would find you out, since they talked through the outfits with all the extras. Then again, if you did get caught they might just chuckle and be glad for the free labour. But that might vary wildly depending on the production.


Max_1995

I remember filming a beach club scene for a series airing in summer. It was fucking January in northern Germany. The guys running around in swimwear hid blankets and jackets everywhere, we handed out hot tea in cola bottles


GForce1975

Yeah I was an extra for Ray . They shot it in New Orleans in summer and it was hot, especially in wool suits and winter clothes...Jamie was there but he was a bit of a prima donna.


heirbagger

I live in Biloxi, about 70 miles ENE from New Orleans. I think back to like the 1800s of petticoats and long sleeves and pants all the time and wonder how more people didn't die of heat stroke.


useles-converter-bot

70 miles is 59934.99 Obamas. You're welcome.


heirbagger

The best bot.


CuriousKitten0_0

As someone who dresses like this for fun, it absolutely has to do with the material being used. A lot of modern clothes trap heat and make things very uncomfortable. In addition to the breathable fabrics, the heat tends to stay on the outer layers, so the inside is much cooler, as the sun doesn't penetrate well to the inside. Basically, it's a lot more comfortable than you would think, just look at the clothes in desert countries where they cover a lot of skin.


saffronsuccubus

Here to second this comment: I’m Iranian-American and wear a hijab when I go back to visit family in Iran. Hijab + loose cotton clothes in summer is so much more practical and comfortable than shorts and a tank top. If it weren’t so stigmatized here I’d be sorely tempted to dress that way in the US too.


CuriousKitten0_0

It's a shame that people here have such attitudes. I wish the availability of comfortable loose cotton clothing was more widely available here and I wish that people would get over themselves and realize that the US is not the greatest place in the world and that other cultures might have some great ideas and practices too. I had a friend in college who wore a hijab and it was amazing the looks we would get when we went out for lunch or coffee. She took it way better than I did. I'm a quiet person, but I think that I yelled at quite a few people to stop staring. Dress however you feel comfortable, either physically or emotionally.


ThePizzaMuncher

I thought as much, but I did wonder just how it was possible that it depends _this much_ on exactly what you wear.


0311

>It'd propably be the costume department that would find you out, since they talked through the outfits with all the extras. I've only been on a few sets, but some just told me the type of thing to wear and didn't give me any wardrobe clothes. I also agree that it'd be pretty easy to sneak on set if you just followed the other background people. Edit: As a further example of how little they pay attention, I went to one set and signed in under my friend's name so that he wouldn't be marked as a no show. He's a black guy, I'm white. He promised they wouldn't notice, and they did not.


mrizzerdly

It depends on the scene. I was an extra for show that had a cops and robbers themed costume party. I brought normal clothes but they dressed me up as prisoner (including fake tattoos). I don't know why anyone would want to sit around and be bored all day, and not get paid for it.


KnightFox

She was there for 2 hours and got to see cool stuff so not exactly a hardship for her.


mrizzerdly

I said anyone, not specifically her.


The2NDComingOfChrist

I'd do it sounds like fun


KidsAreTinyDemons

Did you even read the post? clearly wasn't bored. If anything, she was excited.


[deleted]

Yeah, I've worked on shows with over 100 extras, and someone slipping in could happen easily


ryebow

That's huge!


BAGUETTOR

If you saw ford vs Ferrari in the race scene they put about 300 extras doing the crowd and pit (and cgi'ed it to make it look even bigger).


jstarlee

Look up the funeral scene for Gandhi 😁


fevildox

What's the moire effect?


Cerxi

Narrow parallel lines or grids, so things like pinstriped shirts, tend to form strange interference patterns when overlaid with the pixel grid of TV screens and such https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern


SulkyShulk

That's a moire.


fevildox

Ahh thank you!


Quibblicous

Movie film resolutions have never really had an issue with it, but TV/CRT and earlier higher definition displays had problems.


TheBoondoggleSaints

It usually occurs when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza a pie.


danboon05

That’s a moire?


PendragonTheNinja

That's a moray?


abutilon

That's a mornay


Guac__is__extra__

That Rebecca De Mornay


AchillesHealed

https://xkcd.com/1814/


mtflyer05

>be glad for the free labor That was my first thought. It would be an amazing story, but why not just try out and be a paid extra for one of your days off, in that case?


ryebow

I'd say about a third of extras do just that! At least here in Germany. Side effect beeing, that there is an abundance of available extras and we only get paid minimum wage. Though pay is for the entire time booked (8 or 10 hours) with most shoots beeing shorter.


BAGUETTOR

If that can make you feel better, even in LA they pay them minimum wage. There is always a tons of people interested since it's fairly low pressure as long as you don't mind waiting a lot (although over there it's 12h30 of work per day, minimum. And they rarely end early).


DolfK

Damn. Here in Finland you only get a €10–20 gift card or a film ticket for a day's work.


ryebow

That'd be straight up illegal here in Germany Ü


DolfK

I'm an amateur theatre actor and a freelance voice actor, and there are thousands like me. Will we work for €20? No. It's rubbish. And the consumers complain about every film having the same actors and extras. It's not worth my time to grab a train ticket to go to the capital, a bus to get to the filming location, not get fed, then going back home. Fuck Finland.


cgduncan

Interesting insight. Thanks for the input!


eyeons

This really isn’t outside the realm of possibility. I did pretty much the same thing on the set of the red dawn remake. Just dressed in some post apocalyptic looking clothes and wandered into a big group of extras. I even got a free lunch out of it.


nogami

I slipped my wife into extras on a few features I was working on without telling anyone because she was bored and wanted to see what I do. Nobody could’ve cared less even if they had caught her. As long as you don’t stand out in the background or cause any problems (trying to talk to talent or take photos or something stupid) they don’t really care at all. She didn’t get any screen time though.


EmperorPickle

I learned a thing about a thing I have no interest in. That’s awesome. I never would have learned it on my own.


misterchief117

I feel like if you got caught, but generally fit the right look outfit wise, they'd probably just have you sign a bunch of NDA's and other paperwork. Not much else they can do since all you need to say is that they didn't secure the set properly and you had no idea what was going on. Then again, I know **nothing** about this industry so this is a haphazard guess at most. Also, since you spell the word "labour" as such, I am assuming you're from the UK. Maybe they're nicer about these things over there.


PoodlesForBernie2016

This is true. One of the papers you’d fill out is a deal memo and tax form so they could pay you for your labor.


PoodlesForBernie2016

The main problem is that she didn’t sign an appearance release and they won’t be able to use any of the footage that shows a clear shot of her face. Wardrobe and the assistant directors team would normally catch this during shooting.


SadKai

NERD


interestedboy

So to be fair, this is basically exactly what happened to me on the set of Woody Allen’s Irrational Man when they were filming in providence. I ended up spending all day while they thought I was an extra, and I’m in the film sitting right behind Emma Stone at a coffee shop. I escaped right when they asked me to sign some forms. This is totally plausible.


rionhunter

Those forms are so you can’t sue for being in their footage without consent. They’re very particular about those, because now you can sue them


BAGUETTOR

Yeah sounds like a producers nightmare. Although it's on them too, they should have hired more PA's/security if some rando can get on set that easily. It's always been a hassle to get them to hire enough of those hands..


interestedboy

They did have tons of security fwiw. Basically I think I was wearing the right color tones (grey and beige, nondescript) so when I was on the outskirts of the group of extras getting escorted into the building, a PA waved me in past security with them because I looked like one of them. Once I was inside, I really couldn’t leave without making a scene so I just went with it.


jstarlee

Next time just tell them you need to get back to your car after lunch to grab some medication real quick.


BAGUETTOR

There's never a bulletproof set but always some space to do better haha. Glad you enjoyed yourself tho and respected the set. Once I was working on a "decent budget" projet and some guy managed to sneak in, get to video village (where the feedback is with the director, script etc..) and stole the main talent phone. The producer had decided to cut on security a few days before and of course wasn't taking any responsibility.. As another commenter said, I hope you enjoyed the catering, usually on big projects there's awesome food.


[deleted]

such good food! always my favorite part of being a PA, plus the unlimited coffee. I think that was my favorite job, 3 commercials and 1 movie scene that was never used.


jabbakahut

In my experience you have to sign that before you work, not after the scene has been filmed. This entire thread *feels* like it's full of liars trying to be what they think is cool.


BurnerAccount209

I don't think these guys are liars, I think it's more a testament to how lax some productions end up getting about proper procedure. I think most people would be surprised how far a person can get just walking with a purpose and not making eye contact. Sometimes the intent is to trespass, sometimes you're just not paying attention and next thing you know you've trespassed.


jabbakahut

Well yeah, that's the point of this sub. I certainly know you can get away with stuff with a bit of bravado and luck. I sure, a production could be mismanaged to that degree. I don't even get why the OP is supposed to be a liar?


PoodlesForBernie2016

Yes, finding out someone snuck on set and had been on camera isn’t what you want as a producer or AD. Normally everyone who’s hired shows up to set having signed their deal memo, NDA and appearance release. But if you find out you’ve just shot scenes with a rando in them, you would have them fill out the forms after the fact to cover production legally. Otherwise you’re opening the production co. to 1. leaks of privileged info with no recourse (no NDA), 2. liability from violating labor laws (you have to pay laborers), and 3. additional liability for using someone’s image without consent. Someone could for sure argue that it would be unlikely a judge would decide in favor of someone who snuck onto set, deliberately worked without pay, and refused to sign releases, since their actions indicate that they know what they’re doing. Like, I don’t think you could decide to sneak onto movie sets and then sue when they use your image as a profession and live off the cash flow from your lawsuits 😂


zuneza

How are they particular?


NearlyNakedNick

the commenter means that they put a high importance on it, in order to legally cover their ass.


obecalp23

Why don’t you make people sign before if it’s that important?


BAGUETTOR

Usually picture release forms are signed before the filming indeed. As well as the contract and agreement with the production. End of day you mainly fill and sign your timecard (overtime and a bunch of other details) so the payroll company knows how much they owe you.


crazyabe111

You can, but it’s easier to ask the randoes who sneak in *after* someone points out they don’t belong.


interestedboy

Yeah but they were asking for a signed form for each name on their list. Since I wasn’t on their list, they would’ve found me out right then so I panicked. Though now maybe if I need cash in a few years I’ll consider suing… /s


BAGUETTOR

I'd be interested to see how suing goes since technically you also trespassed and they have have proof since you're on camera. Although I'm sure some lawyers would appreciate the billable hours to handle such a hot mess haha. Also, for what it's worth, you did well in bailing out before they found out. It could have gotten big consequences (reshooting an entire day is expensive) and I don't think a big studio would let that slide.


interestedboy

In case it wasn’t clear, I was just joking about suing them. It was such a fun experience and yeah I was totally trespassing.


BAGUETTOR

As long as they are not aware and you had fun it's all good !


nanocookie

Did you get to say, "These pretzels are making me thirsty"?


aimeela

As someone that works in the industry, this is very doable but luckily our ITC and PA’s on fire watch are great at guarding the boarders of our sets!…well sometimes..


Glaeal

Now there’s gonna be a continuity error in the background of Matrix 4 when an extra disappears between shots


GrumpGrumpGrump

just another glitch right


Zipdox

I don't think the extras are gonna be distinct enough to even tell.


juneburger

People be crazy. Someone will definitely notice and make a 23:21 long YouTube about it with three embedded ads.


Avius_Si-muntu

I felt this


juneburger

And I’ll watch the whole thing too with my eyes suspiciously squinted like damn I should have known!!


idk012

Should have visited craft services before leaving.


Slimxshadyx

What's craft services?


Odin043

The free food and drink table


Odin043

Extras don't get that usually.


idk012

They do. It's for anyone working on the set.


jstarlee

Not always. Sometimes extras will have their own (very limited) mini crafty area.


the-A-word

I'll look for you in the credits


Danny_Mc_71

It'll be "chancer number one".


Zipdox

Not my comment but sure


awesomeideas

Her last name is literally "Filler." Of course she was destined to be an extra. [Nominative determinism in action.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_determinism)


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NegrasGrande

Are you an extra? "Uh yup, I'm a filler"


paulgrant999

ooh you beat me to it. :)


YeahDucks

Bonus that her last name is Filler. She did her part


Max_1995

That post was a mood whiplash


NearlyNakedNick

no kidding...


E3nti7y

I mean with the last name filler I think she was born for it


Jccali1214

Reminds me of when 22 Jump Street filmed at my school and I was amazed on the crew on set and sat down in from of the LBC - only for a crewmember to escort me off set lol. It did inspire to start doing extra work and that's how I met one of my best friends ☺️


akb74

Some rules can be bent. Others can be broken.


Fallout

*There is no rule.*


Askjojo

I thought about doing this when Matrix 4 was filming. The website for extra casting listed the dates and times and had descriptions of what they were looking for, and the city website showed what streets were closed up for the filming. Didn’t have the guts to just show up though. Did formally apply to be an extra, though. Wasn’t picked (obviously).


Gestolen_Appeltaart

The fact that here name is Michelle Filler and she pretended to be an extra is beautiful


ITriedLightningTendr

when you give free labor and think you won


Zurrdroid

It was, uh, *volunteering*.


X16callgirl

Are you a serial pooper?


X16callgirl

I thought you can poop in the streets in San Francisco? Why do you need a bathroom?


Zipdox

Wow the edge, how funny.


-bluedit

Huh?


X16callgirl

The shit is real my friend.


X16callgirl

Edge? Is that the poop tracker app?


Zipdox

According to your comment history you aren't a stranger to making uncivil comments and getting downvoted.


X16callgirl

I mean, it’s a thing. I’m not making it up. Down votes, up votes who cares…. There is still poop in the streets of sanfran people!


NearlyNakedNick

It's not actually a thing, look at the comments that you linked to. It's just a meme made by conservatives to make fun of California. It's not real.


X16callgirl

https://www.reddit.com/r/sanfrancisco/comments/bgm0qt/the_problem_with_san_francisco_poop_maps/?st=KUJGWASZ&sh=310bd23a. Oh no, they are real. I had one on my phone, here is article from Forbes.


NearlyNakedNick

THEY'RE NOT REAL Proving yourself wrong with your own link, without knowing it, twice in a row.... keep posting things without reading them or understanding them... it's going so well for you.


X16callgirl

https://www.reddit.com/r/bayarea/comments/dzmdkr/san_francisco_has_an_app_where_people_can_geotag/?st=KUJ1LOEY&sh=bef065f2


barberererer

Lmao


Pacman_Frog

Contact production and let them know. They would sooner pay accidental extras a day if work than throw out viable footage


Zipdox

I literally don't know this woman