Sunday, 19 January 2014

A Numbered Rant About Extras Work - Part 1

It's a good way to make money if your time is flexible, and I've done my fair share of it, hopefully this rant/guide will help out anyone who's interested. 

1. Don't expect anything to come from it
2. Expect dates to change, a lot. Unfortunately extras are the last thing on anyone's mind.
3. The days/nights are long, usually 12hrs, but I've worked anywhere between 2hrs and 15hrs plus travel.

4. Take things to keep you entertained, books, magazines, music, sketchbooks, whatever takes your fancy. I don't like to take anything valuable, like a laptop, as you could be leaving your bags somewhere while you're on set. 
5. Take snacks. You normally get breakfast when you arrive, then lunch 6hours later, then sandwiches 6 hours after that. It's a long time for me to wait between meals, so i eat little and often. (This especially applies when doing period dramas, if you're in a corset or tight clothes, you can't eat a big lunch, so you start getting hungry a lot quicker)

5a. Also, don't be greedy at meal times. Extras have a bad reputation, so don't fall into the trap of thinking, "It's like an all you can eat buffet!" Remember that you've had an easy day compared to the crew, they need more food than you after carrying all those cameras/lights/bits of set, so do you really need a lamb shank, a piece of lasagne and some curry, as well as a selection of deserts? Besides, you'll be regretting it later on.
6. There will be weirdos who try tell you their life story, it will inevitably end with them suddenly deciding they want to be an actor (and they think they've made it by working as an extra), and it will result in them reciting every film they've worked on. 

6a. There's also the serious actor-types who fully submerge themselves in "their character". 
On the last thing I worked on, my friend was placed with a man and a woman so they appeared as a family. The woman took it upon herself to start dealing out back stories, their names, how far they'd travelled to the ball etc. So my friend turns to her "father" laughing about how it's really is like an episode of Ricky Gervais' Extras, only to be told how offensive he thought that show was to true extras. 

I have so many more points, too many for just one post, but I'll be back! 

Jen x

Shot by Natalie

I've just got back to London after two weeks in North Yorkshire with my family, and I've been even more cut off from the world because my phone was sent away and came back completely reset :( 

But besides that, it was lovely! I even had a chance to do a little Photoshoot with Natalie Pluck (who's soon to be featured in Vogue for her wedding photography!) 

Because of the "hurricane" in the UK these last few days, we decided against an outdoor shoot and made use of Natalie's studio kit, and her extensive collection of colourful makeup.
The white that you can see is talc, and I was throwing it at myself throughout the photos for effect. In classic Jen/Natalie shoot style, there was only the two of us there to try do everything.

I love shooting with Natalie, it's always so relaxed. I don't think I'll ever work with another photographer who'll let me try to get through ten different hairstyles using just one hair grip, just for fun. And I think I managed it! The proof will be somewhere.

If you're interested in gorgeous, relaxed, happy and non intrusive wedding photography, go look at Natalie's website and book her quickly, before she becomes too popular! 

Jen Nelson x

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Knocking Ghost Music Video

A while back I worked on a music video for an amazing band, you can read the original posts on my tumblr.

I’ve already seen the finished video, and I can’t wait to start sharing it! I can’t stop listening to the song either. You can have a listen on Hypem.

But until I can share the video, here’s a peak at some of the artwork I pinched off the Knocking Ghost Facebook page.

Jen Nelson x

Can i have two blogs that say the same thing?

Well tough, because it's what I plan to do.
It seems that Tumblr is perfect for Tumblrs to find with its easy to use hashtags, and things can be reblogged so quickly, and they look so professional, but Blogger is much easier to search in Google. So I have made the decision to use both, as they both have their advantages and disadvantages. (I'm sure i'll go wrong somewhere, but here we go!)

Jen x 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

New location!

This neglected little blog is moving over to tumblr, where hopefully it will get a bit more attention.

Click here

Jen Xx

Friday, 1 March 2013

Hobgoblyn Update

So i'm still in London, still auditioning away, but nothing really interesting to report (unless i think of something later). But I keep getting newsletters from a short film i worked on aaaages ago, so i thought it was time to read one. I think it's still going well, it's a medieval short film about magic among other things. Have a look at the website and like it on facebook if you're interested.
Below is the trailer, and i think i was in a magazine judging by this photo?


Soomin Campaign!

I forgot to post when the new Soomin photos came in, so go and shop away on their website, so many beautiful scarves, all surrounding my face (and polina's).