6:00PM – Call time. Meet at the Healdsburg High School gym & check in. Sit & wait.
8:30pm – We are shuttled in buses to the set (about 100 people). Stand & wait. Being a movie extra is a lot about waiting.
– They start picking out extras from the crowd and randomly placing them in scenes. My friends and I were given candles (I got a flag too!) and put in the middle of a huge group of people. I was excited that at least I was going to be an extra, but a little disappointed that I would never be seen on the big screen in the mist of this crowd. But then, a Ch
ristmas miracle happened, the two main stars of the film (Shahrukh Khan & Kajol) were put right in front of me! I was actually afraid I might burn Kajol’s (the leading lady) hair with my candle. They shot a short scene where they were praying as we all watched the memorial. This 30 minutes was the highlight of the whole experience & my only hope of being seen in the movie.
12:30am – By this time everyone was close to frozen, I swear my toes were going to fall off. But, “lunch” was served & I was hoping warm food would warm my tootsies. They had two stations setup for food, one was American & the other Indian. I headed for the American station first; bland broccoli, over peppered mashed potatoes & overcooked chicken…mmmm! Have no clue what the Indian food was, but it was much tastier. I tried to stand in line to get some hot tea, but lost interest after 15 minutes.
1:30am – Cold, tired & crabby, this is way past my bedtime! Sitting & waiting. Being a Movie extra is tiring.
2:00 am – Another scene in a crowd with candles, but no movie stars next to us!
2:30 am – “It’s a Wrap”, YEA!!!
2:45am – Shuttled back the the gym for check out.
3:15am – Leave for home
4:00am – Arrive home after a long night of being a movie extra. Sleepy time.
February 2010 – My movie debut…get your autographs now!
Boy, this being a movie extra experience would have been a whole lot better if it ended about 4 hours earlier!