Posts Tagged ‘extras’

How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80″ for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.

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Good News for You Extras Working Matt Damon’s “Contagion” Movie: You’re Getting a Pay Rise – Now, $80 Per Day

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Turns out that you extras working on the local Contagion shoots are going to get $80 per working day instead of the $64 that Rich King Productions was talking about the other day.

Simply, the people at JKP were unaware that S.F. has its own minimum wage of $9.92 per hour.

Anyway they’re back down in Los Angeles now, but they’ve just sent a message to me how they going to pay $80 for starters and then more after the first eight hours, if necessary.

Break a leg!

Attention Extras in that Matt Damon “Contagion” Movie: SF Minimum Wage is $9.92 Per Hour

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: It's all good, hard-working extras. Just got the call from Down South about how you all are going to get at least $80 per working day. They were all apologetic, saying stuff like, "Thanks, you really saved our bacon on this one." Turns out that San Francisco County is the only place in the entire state what has a higher-than-CA min. wage.]  

That means that $64 ($8 times 8 hours) isn’t going to cut it, right?

Remember those “unfortunate,” “innocent” 18-year-old faux prostitutes in Chinatown from the time that horrible Trauma series came to the 415 all lies and jest? Those people got paid way more than $64 a day – it was close to $80. So why should you Contagion extras get paid any less?

Is it possible that Rich King* Casting doesn’t know the minimum wage in the area where it’s casting?

Yup!

Those playing hos back in ought-nine got paid minimum wage, so why not you?

Feel the excitement:

(And the beauty part is that there are “no fees to apply” Really? No fees to stand around for hours trying to get a gig that doesn’t pay minimum wage? Sweet, Thanks Rich King Casting.)

So, extras, practice this line: “I knows I gots to get paid!”

Start chanting all together and then your $64 paychecks will increase to $79.36 paychecks tout de suite.

Of course, if they take you to the East Bay or if they shoot on Federal land(?) in the 415, well then maybe you won’t get your full $9.92 per hour. But they’re talking about filming at Candlestick Park and Chinatown,** where San Francisco laws are in full effect.

In closing, these pretzels are making me thirsty!***

Extras Needed for New Matt Damon Film “Contagion”
Filming in SF February 9-19, 2011
Casting Call
- 1/29/11 Fort Mason,
- 1/30/11 Embarcadero YMCA

Filming starts on February 9th and goes through the 19th. Before shooting though, we will be coming to San Francisco to do an open casting call for those who may be interested in working on this film on Jan 29th and 30th. We are looking for Men and Women all shapes, sizes, types and ethnicities to be background performers for this feature.

We look forward to offering the opportunity for fun,exciting PAID work to San Francisco and Bay Area area residents. We will be casting lots of locals in the production.

The date and times for the open call castings are:

January 29, 2011 (2pm-6pm)
FORT MASON CENTER
Landmark Building C
Room C260

and

January 30, 2011 (10am-4pm)
Embarcadero YMCA

All applicants need only a pen, a small photo of themselves and a great attitude. It’s as easy as that!

>> For more information about the casting call: 415-373-4202

*C’mon, “Rich King?” I suppose that’s better than Sandy Beach or something. (Never trust anyone from the movie biz.)

**Contagion in Chinatown? Hey, remember SARS? Restaurant owners would come out on Grant and to try to, physically, pull diners inside.  Bad times.

***That’s from the comments section on SFGate. (Kramer was going to be more than an extra on that Woody Allen film, but anyway…)

Trauma Dies Today: It was Bad for NBC But Was it Good for San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Word comes today from Anna Bloom of the NewYork TimesesesBay Area Blog about how production of NBC’s horrible Trauma TV series will shut down tonight.

Certainly, Trauma has been traumatic for NBC, but what about San Francisco? Would we have been better off without subsidizing this inchoate production? Did we really pay SFPD officers to just hang out around the set for the filming of twelve episodes instead of having the cops do their regular jobs? 

Duboce Park as seen by Troy McClure SF. Click to expand:

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How does the Scene in San Francisco scheme work? The TV people pay for the cops but then we turn around and give the TV people all the money back?

“What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SPFD [SFPD?], SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.”

So after Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops #5 cashes her minimum-wage paycheck for two days of temping (no benefits obviously) and we pay the cops full salary (or full salary plus?) to not do their jobs, what are we left with?

Certainly, Trauma was good for certain people in San Francisco, but was it good for San Francisco and San Franciscans overall? Is this the kind of thing we want to do again? Are there any Lessons to be Learned here?

Mmmmm….

There are Only Eight More Episodes of NBC’s Trauma Left – Let’s Savor Each One.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Now, I’m not up to speed here – is Glenn the gay guy that just came out? Anyway, find out tonight on Channel 3.

Glenn’s attempt to follow his heart puts his career — and safety — on the line. Meanwhile, Marisa gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Elsewhere, Rabbit helps a patient deal with his devastating loss.”

And guess what? Ratings are up a bit lately. If only certain judgmental people hadn’t been so negative, and if it didn’t cost millions and millions to film old-school, episodic, Hill Street Blues-style television in pricey San Francisco, well who knows, maybe Trauma could have gone a full season.

See this “delicious young lady doctor” tonight:

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And see Aimee Garcia whenever you want, right here. (You know, some people were able to walk off the Hindenburg without a scratch - maybe A.G. will similarly escape Trauma without injury) 

Read about the five reasons Trauma got axed here before you tune in tonight.

Set your Tivo for 9:00 PM.

Trauma is as Good as Cancelled – NBC Picks Up All Its Other New Series for Full Seasons

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Leave us travel back in time to October 21st, 2009, when we last heard from NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin and NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad:

Gaspin and Bromstad are expected to make their next key moves to boost NBC’s fortunes within the next few days, when the network will decide the short-term fates of newcomers such as ‘Mercy,’ ‘Community,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Trauma.’”

Trauma? Don’t they film that in our little town, (the fourth-largest in the whole state, I’m proud to say)? Yes they do! Maybe NBC could commit to nine more episodes (the “back nine”) so we could have a full season of on-location shoots?

Well, here’s the news from last Saturday (the Day Without Wind, incidentally):

“NBC has picked up full seasons of Thursday night comedies “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” as well as its Wednesday night medical drama “‘Mercy.’”

Well, what about Trauma? Hello-oooo, NBC? Hello-ooooooooo?

Uh oh.

No matter, twirlypopper pilot Aimee Garcia will still maintain her official website regardless of when Trauma gets cancelled. (You all seem to just love her.)

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In light of recent developments, the unofficial NBC Trauma Deathwatch™ over-under date has been officially moved up to: November 30, 2009.

Adjust your wagers accordingly.

Enjoy it while it lasts – a new show (the Halloween one?) is on tonight at 9:00 PM.

[UPDATE: News tonight from the Hollywood Reporter is that Trauma is history as of today, October 28th, 2009. Oh well.]

Will the Makers of NBC’s Trauma Accept Nurses’ Invite to Conference in San Jose?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Get up to speed on the slow-motion car crash that is Trauma here. Finished? Bon, je vous laisse continuer.

Here’s the latest – turns out that the flight nurses are even more pissed off about this show than pilots, paramedics, EMTs and doctors. So, the nurses have invited the Trauma crew down to San Hoser for the 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference to learn a few things about portraying emergency response.

Read all about it, after the jump.

Now let’s hear from an extra on the set. A sample from what Allie Pape of 7×7 magazine had to say about her recent experience making cold hard off of the production of the show – her opinion of Trauma?

“…on life support in the ratings, vapid, seems doomed to a quick and painful death, truly terrible show, headache-inducing, the dialogue painfully bad, the characters pre-packaged, it makes me want to claw out my own eyeballs…”

Ooh, harsh. Harsh but fair.

All right, let’s see here, we got to have a photo – how about pilot Aimee Garcia’s preflight checklist:

Giant chopper? Check

Giant Rabbit? Check

Giant helmet that’s way too big for her melon? Check

Let’s roll:

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As promised, another spanking for NBC, after the jump.

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Filming for NBC’s Trauma Comes to Pacific Heights Thursday and Friday – Cars Will Be Towed

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I can tell you that one thing that the specific whites of Pacific Heights don’t like is commotion. But that’s what they’re going to get come tomorrow based upon this photo taken by San Franciscan Jeffrey Baker of the tow-away signs that are up there right now.

OMG, Trauma is coming! Will the circling choppers play Wagner ala Apocalypse Now? We Can Only Hope. (Does the digital trickery used by the makers of Trauma look better than Francis Ford Coppola’s analog efforts from three+ decades ago? Discuss.)

The horror, the horror of inconvenience for the sake of Art:

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Local punter Professor Z offers some advice today to the Traumatics:

“The only thing this show has going for it is the San Francisco scenery. Why the decision to exclude compelling characters, story arcs, or central conflicts? This show didn’t have to follow the ER model or the House model, but it should try to adhere to some basic storytelling model.

“I vote for bringing back the Zodiac killer in a three-story arc that offs every character not called Rabbit, then rebooting the show with at least a few C-list actors.”

How wude! Oh well. The good professor is tough, tough but fair.

And oh, check out San Francisco’s Newest Blogger - ebullient, radiant Aimee Garcia:

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(She knows her choppers, anyway.)

Lastly, a message for Pac Heights: Brace, Brace, Heads Down, Stay Down!”

You don’t want to have your car towed. But if that happens, just call DPT at (415) 701-5400 to get your ride back. Ask for the Trauma discount! Obviously, you don’t want to end up like this Craigslister. Oh well

Unfairly towed for Nike Womens Marathon on Sunday? (marina / cow hollow)

Me too! $417 out of the tow yard + another $53 ticket is WAY TOO MUCH. Not to mention I saw no sign of the event on Polk street near Aquatic Park besides the metal fences on the sidewalk ready for deployment at 3am. In addition, the street was completely full of cars at 1:30am, and towing began at 3am….if there were signs, were all these people idiots like me to ignore them? I doubt it. If your car was towed anywhere along the route, and you want to team up to appeal the tow and ticket fines, let me know – dammit. Thanks!
 

NBC’s Horrible Trauma Still Has Horrible Ratings – Now Stable Enough for Transport to Oblivion

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Week 4′s overall ratings for NBC’s horrible Trauma TV show are a way down at the 1.8 level, so that makes it three week in a row. That’s called flatlining in the biz – the show biz or the EMS biz, your pick.

Basically, the debut show last month got Trauma off the ground but since then she’s been a-hovering low over the landing threshold.

Blue and white bird must fly or she will die:

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Making new friends low and slow over Haight Ashbury

Does NBC currently get beat in keys demos by the CW “Network” when Trauma is on? Oui. Will NBC broadcast Trauma during the all-important upcoming sweeps? Signs point to non. Will the San Francisco Chronicle let its readers in on the secret that all is not well for the dramatic Traumatics? Maybe just a hint? Encore non - not anytime soon anyway. Oh well.

Check it. I mean, has any impalee ever cross-examined his or her EMT like this in the history of the world? Non.

But at least the EMS professionals are all fans, right Trauma?

“I love watching the rhythms go by on their Lifepak 15 that’s not hooked up to anything and always shows Lead II, SpO2, and EtCO2… I’ve mostly been watching out of morbid curiosity. Terrible, terrible show.”

Well let’s hear from what people are posting at the NBC boards:

“Where to start? The show was a piece of crap – I was trying to figure out what part of it was realistic and the only part I can think of is when they got the call over the radio and after that it was down hill – Being a medic for 15 years I was hoping that it would be accurate, but it was just embarrassing. They didn’t even have proper placement of hands for CPR”

“Shame on you, NBC! I have been a paramedic for nearly 30 years and have never been so insulted as I was when you aired Trauma.”

“Umm OK I can so tell this had male writers! In the first 15 minutes you can tell that it is not real EMS work,,and If we (women) in EMS wore uniforms with our “girls” showing and tight pantswe sure wouldn’t be able to do our jobs. This show does not show what we do on a daily basis nor does it show what real role women play in EMS!! We save lives everyday…we cover the cops as they cover us, we back our own.. and we jepordize our family lives to save the lives of strangers..we dont have sex in the rig, we don’t walk around station acting like bimbos and where I work you better prove you can do anything your male counterparts can do..we get respect because we have earned it.. I will not watch again.”

Watching the pilot of “Trauma” was awkward, almost painful. There was a complete lack of professionalism and reality. I have twenty years of public safety experience in fire & law enforcement. Mark my words: Trauma will not last long. Whomever does the show is quite obviously interested in attracting the junior high school crowd. No adult with even basic intelligence would watch this show more than twice. I was generally pleased with Southland… what the heck happened with Trauma? Geez, what a sad disappointment!”

Well, you get the idea.

Strike a pose:

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Call your agent, Aimee!

Word From Inside NBC on the Fate of Ill-Fated Trauma Series

Friday, October 9th, 2009

What’s the word from inside NBC regarding the fate of ill-fated Trauma? Hollywood insider Nikke Finke reports yesterday that one NBC serial just got cancelled and that:

“…Trauma is next because of its ridiculously excessive $3 million pricetag an episode.”

Shooting Trauma in the SoMA earlier this month, right where San Francisco actor Christopher Borgzinner got jumped by a gang on a moving MUNI 9 San Bruno bus during rush hour this past Monday:

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via Davidity Dave

Will that be the legacy of Trauma?  Certainty that it’s just too darn expensive to “film” here?

It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone
It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone