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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The accidental extras

This story was first run on August 6, 2008, alas IOS and Le Petit Paris are no longer with us, but luckily Burn Notice still is. They know who I am now and recognize me, but at the time they didn't know me. The crew is very nice to me and always has been, the stars not so much. Anyway, here is the story from 2008: 

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Never a dull moment. The Grove is so small, but there is something always going on. Today I was mistaken for an extra on "Burn Notice!"

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 I went to Commodore Plaza today to get pictures of the filming, it's like a party there today, really fun. I ended up talking to Beth, who works at IOS, the clothing store. Well, we sat down to watch the filming and before you know it, some guy is yelling at us to stop looking at the camera when he yells "rolling" and act like we are chatting or talking or whatever -- we were "background!"


So the first thing Beth did was run in and get an IOS bag to have as part of the scenery, doesn't hurt to have a little publicity. In fact, one of the crew bought some clothing at IOS between takes and a lot of the crew was eating and shopping between takes, they do support the local merchants.

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 Here is Jeffrey Donovan in a scene. He spent most of the time in Le P'tit Paris, which is being used as a dressing room for him and others.

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His stand in did a lot of the work this morning, but here is Jeffrey again, getting his close-up for the day, right outside Greenstreet.

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That's Jeffrey in the car with the binoculars and the lady here is the director. She was calling the shots all day.

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It's really fun, the crew is very nice (except when they tell us to shut up during takes and not look at the camera, which I find so hilarious). The thing is, every time I go to the set, they have the same background extras, so I guess they like seeing fresh faces appear and thought Beth and I were a couple of fresh faces.


So if our scenes don't end up on the cutting room floor, you'll see us in one of the episodes.


P.S. We ended up on the cutting room floor! 

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