this page you will find the Extras Survival Guide. This
Guide will provide you with pertinent information such as
set etiquette, wardrobe information and payment of wages.
notified of your call time, take a few moments to familiarize
yourself as to the whereabouts of the location and approximate
travel time to assure yourself of being on time. If you find
yourself lost or delayed in getting to the set, please DO
NOT GO HOME! Please contact Background San Diego immediately!
to bring items such as a small folding chair, something to
read, and sunscreen. Be weather sensitive! Perhaps a light
jacket or cold weather wear might also be appropriate. It
is always better to play it safe and bring a few extra items
than be caught without!
generally wear all of their own clothing so wardrobe is an
essential part of your assignment. When you are booked for
your assignment, you are informed as to the type of "character"
you will be playing and Background San Diego will offer suggestions
as to the type of wardrobe you should bring with you. You
may be asked to be in as many as three scenes so it is mandatory
that you bring THREE outfits for each character you are to
black, white, loud prints, bold stripes, and polka dots do
not photograph well, always bring colorful and completely
accessorized outfits including shoes, socks, pantyhose, hats,
belts, jewelry, etc. and appropriate props including sunglasses,
umbrellas, briefcases, etc. that will aid in an accurate portrayal
of your character. Suggested colors are blue, green, red,
yellow, pinks and purples.
you are hired as an uniformed Extra such as a police officer
or nurse, our wardrobe department will supply you with a uniform.
you "Camera Ready"? Please be prepared to be Camera
Ready upon arriving to the set. If you have questions regarding
any hair, make-up or other "appearance" related
questions, please do not hesitate to contact Background San
Diego. Be sure to bring make-up and other necessities for
ON THE SET
on the set approximately 15 minutes before your "Call
Time". Report immediately to the person who we have instructed
you to check-in with. While working as an Extra on the set,
this designated person is whom you should direct any questions
or concerns with. Generally, this contact person is referred
to as the "Extras Wrangler" or Assistant Director.
"checking in" you will be given a payment voucher
to fill out. You must be a U.S. Citizen with a social security
number, or have the proper credentials to work in the United
States. Please bring your social security card along with
a valid drivers license or other picture identification.
ALWAYS FILL OUT THE FORMS COMPLETELY AND ACCURATELY. Keep
the forms with you until you are released from work.
checked in, please stay in the area designated by your contact
person and be courteous of your surroundings and of cast and
crew members. We ask that you do not approach members of the
cast unless instructed to work with them in a particular scene
and that you keep a clear path for the crew as these are professional
technicians and we do not want to jeopardize anyones
you have been released for the day, you are allowed to leave
the set. If you have worn any clothing supplied by the wardrobe
department, they will hold your voucher until all items are
returned and accounted for. Please be reminded that the wardrobe
department deals with numerous items throughout the day and
would appreciate all items be returned in the manner they
were assigned, typically on the hanger and buttoned up, etc.
Upon their clearance, they will return your voucher so you
may checkout with the Extras Wrangler or Assistant Director,
or other designated person. At this time, please complete
your voucher with your "out time" and have the voucher
signed. If this is not done, payment cannot be issued.
sure to fill out your voucher legibly. Remember, by signing
your voucher you are agreeing that all the information is
true and correct information.
MUST KEEP THE YELLOW COPY OF THE PAYMENT VOUCHER. If you should
have any discrepancies you will need this to refer to. You
can expect to receive payment within two weeks from the date
hope you enjoy your day as an Extra and look forward to casting
you in future projects!