Saturday, October 9, 2010

Movie Stars, or, uh, extras...

We had received an email, a newsletter from the Embassy, and a flyer, all asking for Americans to play as extras in a movie being filmed, in part, here in Belgium. The story is about the struggle of orphaned siblings who live in a poor, factory neighborhood, perhaps in the Detroit area. After a little research on the movie and paperwork, we agreed to let the kids try out a little acting as extras for the movie "The Tamed Ones".
The learning curve was steep. We realized right away that there would be a lot of waiting around between scene taping. We also realized that it's not easy to be dressed for a winter scene when the sun is shining and it's a balmy 70 degrees outside.


Once the ball got rolling for the movie stars extras, it wasn't long before Stella was spotted, charming her way around the film crew and others. Addie however, was used in a more scenes, because she was the same age as one of the main characters.

 Here, Addie, Stella, and I are waiting to play our part as extras in the background. I was even given a line-
That's right...I called out with great skill and a theatrical wave of my arm "Elliot! Come on!" and viola, a star was born :) Just notice the woman giving a thumbs up- she just had to be noting what fab acting skills I brought to the set right? (hilarious really)


 Most of the day though, was spent wandering halls of the school where the taping was going on, or sitting in the school cafeteria and entertaining the kids. We thought in a hopeful way, that the endured waiting would turn them off of any future career in acting. Instead Addie and Stella said they loved the experience and they'd like to do it again if they ever had a chance.


There seemed to be a lot of breaks...
Meanwhile Click and Clack were busy, trying to keep busy....


In the end, the kids earned spending money from the ordeal, not to mention had a fun experience regarding movies and how they are made. We hope the movie goes on to do well for itself. The crew said it won't be released for about a year, much to Stella's dismay.
When we left for the car, she asked me "so can we watch the movie tonight?"

Best of luck to all those folks we met today-from the kids that Addie and Stella made friends with, to the wardrobe lady who picked over every one of our scarves, mittens and boots, thanks for a great experience.

2 comments:

Fat Pilot said...

Man that's cool! You guys really have had some neat adventures girl :-D So fun to hear about them all.

Mandy said...

Very fun! We're feeling very fortunate for some of the opportunities we've had...