|Looks real, doesn't it?|
Jeff was one of several people (again, I never learned their official work name so I will call them an extra coordinator) who would tell us extras where to be and what to do. Note the earphones hanging from his ear. I assumed the "voice" that would tell them what to do was T. C. Christensen or someone close to him. These people would set up the extras in the scenes for the results that were desired. It could be very interesting. Sometimes we would be all set up and then, Jeff or someone like him, would come and ask us to move this way or that. They were continually asking us to not talk during the actually taping! An interesting aspect of being an extra was that you might be seen but were not supposed to be heard--ever! Because mikes were very sensitive, we would be told to move our mouths like we were talking but not to make any sound. That is harder to do than you would think--at least to make it look natural. Try it sometime.
One night I was sitting at a "campfire" with four children and another woman. There was a pot hanging over the "fire" and Bruce or his daughter--can't remember which one--came running and gave me a ladle. Then we waited (a common thing) while the entire scene was readied. While we waited the children were getting restless so I told them we would make some stone soup. (There wasn't even water in the pots) Their young faces looked blank. I asked them if they had ever heard the story of stone soup. With the exception of one, they hadn't! So I started to tell them the story. Russell, another extra cordinator like Jeff, came running up and said, "I don't know what you are doing, but keep doing it! It looks great! The children are paying attention and it just looks great!" Well, by the time of the "take," I had finished the story almost, was unable to talk out loud and just moving my mouth. The children lost all interest! So much for looking great.
Laurie was the make up artist. She would bring her daughter, Tiffany, and sometimes others, depending on the number of extras as well as the time demands, to help apply make up, fix hair dos, etc. Even T. C.'s sister came. I took an awesome picture of Lori working on "Brigham Young." She is an artist! He looked just like I imagine Brigham looking. I also took a picture of her working some other time. Unfortunately, both disappeared. I did manage to get these pictures of Tiffany the day we were south of Provo.
These pictures were taken in the trailer. The woman being made up (I don't remember her name) came from a distance to be a "special" extra, meaning she had a little more exposure and may have even had a few lines. The dirt make up was even put on her teeth. Yuk! Glad I didn't have to have that done.
Laurie’s father came one day to be an extra. A little older gentleman, his descendents kept a watchful eye on him. In the evening, I found myself standing close to him. As we began to talk, we realized we had some common ground—both had lived in Germany and attended the Berchtesgaden Serviceman Conferences. Only it had been 10 years apart. It was interesting to learn the differences. Then another extra overheard our conversation and said that he had been in Kaiserslautern 10 years after I had been there. He had never even heard about the servicemen conferences. I hope that they weren’t discontinued. They were a “mountain top experience.” So special to those of us stationed overseas. I had the opportunity to write the opening special program for two of them. It was a great spiritual experience. I know the Lord loves our servicemen!
The pictures below are miscellaneous ones that I took during filming. If I had planned on doing a blog while in the midst of being an extra, I would have been more careful with retaking lost pictures and taking certain other ones. Since I didn't, these wil have to do.
|Bruce talking with Dianne. Notice the equipment in the background.|
It takes a lot of equipment to make a movie.
It all has to be transported when doing scenes away from the studio.
|This couple got a ride in the buggy. |
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the picture taken during the filming.
Hopefully, I will see it in the movie.