Monday, October 5, 2009

I was an 'extra' again

I got to go down to Albquerque and be an extra for another episode on season 2 of the TV show Crash. Once again I really enjoyed the experience. This time they thought they might use my car in the scene as well. Since the show is supposed to be taking place in Los Angeles, they put a fake California license plate on my car, as shown below:



I drove through part of Albuquerque, from the staging area to the set where the scene was being filmed, with the fake license plate on my car. Ooops! That must have been illegal, I suppose! And then, while my car was parked where I was told to park it, it was given a parking ticket. Uh-oh... but, no worries, because the ticket was written out for the fake California plate, and I turned it over to the production company for them to take care of anyway. It was sort of fun to get a ticket and not care about it at all.


In the end they didn't even use my car. Instead I was used as a pedestrian, walking across the street, way in the background of the scene that was being shot, and then again walking right by one of the main characters as she was standing by her car waiting for someone. Part of what was being filmed that day involved a scene with a group of 'drug addicts' in a room in the second story of a building. The camera, mounted on a crane, was filming through the window. I was fascinated watching how the camera was expertly maneuvered, going up to the second story window, filming the 'drug addicts', then swooping away from the building and down, as it shifted angles to film a character exiting from the building and getting into a car on the street. There were many takes done to get it just right. I hope Crash goes into a third season so I'll have the opportunity to be an extra on the show again next year. Shooting for Season 2 is just about over now.

7 comments:

Ralph said...

Interesting. I never think about being an extra like this.

Lady Banana said...

Sounds exciting, I've not seen any chances to do this kind of thing..

Brandy said...

That's pretty exciting! Being an extra would be a great experience for sure! Did you enjoy being an extra more than once?

Jen said...

This sounds so exciting and like so much fun. Hope the ticket doesn't catch up to you.

MargElmendorf said...

Pretty darn neat watching them make a TV program. Must be really interesting. Hope you get some more parts.

A Bay Horse said...

Wow, how cool is that. I've never had the opportunity to do that. Sounds fun! Other than the ticket, that is. But I'm glad that worked out.

Sharyn said...

That is so cool! I just got done watching episode 7, which premiered Friday night. How cool is that? I'm gonna have to watch for that NM episode! Glad you shared!!!