Just made it back from a 4-hour wait in line to apply to be an extra in Transformers 3. I’ll talk more once I take a shower. haha
ok I’m back. The experience is what you might expect if you’ve been to any other movie extra casting call. All they need is your contact info and a head shot. A friend and I were able to get photographed together, which was fun. The total for extras called today was over 1000 at the time of my application. I overheard from staff that over 300 were still in line outside, and the casting call only lasted 30 more minutes!
We were told that filming will commence during July and that filming would consist of five days during the week, including weekends. The staff was very friendly and ran a tight ship. The person in charged was named Mayellen Aviano and told us that she has been working with Mr. Bay for many years on many films.
So now everyone that was able to participate in today’s long wait and application process will be playing the waiting game. Those of us that offered to use our vehicles on set were told that may be deemed useful and would be appropriately compensated. It was also noted that the days would be long and not necessarily pleasant in the hot Chicago Summer sun. If today seemed like a horrendous wait, actual fiming days could be even twice as long.
So that’s it! If you are planning to attend tomorrow’s casting call for Transformers 3, I suggest you do the following: come early, bring a lawn chair for sitting, an umbrella in case it’s sunny, and some liquid refreshments. The wait will probably be over 2 hours long, even if you’re at the front – because if you’re at the front, you’ve probably been in line 2 or more hours before the doors open.
Saturday June 5th Transformers 3 casting call info:
Saturday June 5th, 2010: 9:30AM-4:30PM
WHERE: The Chicago Academy for the Arts
1010 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642-5414
– Must be 18 years of age or older
– Photos will be taken at no charge
– Please bring a pen