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ABOUT THIS MODULE

Movies have long used extras to breathe a sense of realism into a scene.  Extras are non-speaking actors who populate the background of a diner, a stadium or a store to more closely recreate real life. For a filmmaker, extras are a great tool to have.

In this module, you will learn how to find extras, the right way to direct them, how to cheat them on set, liability concerns and how to avoid them, logistics on the shooting day, and the most common problems filmmakers encounter when working with extras.
 
Whether you’re working with thousands on a battlefield or just a small handful in coffee shop, create a realistic backdrop of life for your scene.

IN THIS MODULE

  • 29:54 video that walks you through every step of how to find and work with extras on set
  • Complete resource guide
  • Downloadable Extra Release Form
  • Downloadable Crowd Release - Studio Audience
  • Downloadable Crowd Release - Public Notice
  • Downloadable Group Release Form
  • Downloadable Background Talent Voucher
  • Reference for Extras from the film, "Time and Again"

LEARN

  • How to cast extras
  • How to cheat extras to increase their numbers on screen
  • Logistics the day of the shoot
  • Liability issues and how to avoid them
  • How to direct extras
The videos are a big leap forward for contemporary classroom videos, utilizing clean greenscreen, working professionals and 16:9. The film is well-paced and will be a great addition to classroom instruction. It is designed and constructed in ways both interesting and accessible to student filmmakers. I hope to utilize the material in my classroom!”
 
   - Tom Dunphy, Orange-Ulster BOCES
 
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