Experiencing a Hollywood Movie Set!

When your adviser, teacher, guidance councilor, tells you that you will make relationships in life that will create a network that will help you achieve what you want in life, you better believe it and put it to the best use!

Roughly the beginning of last week, my mom had asked me if we wanted to be extras in a movie that was being filmed at a nearby town (Clearfield). Andrew and I are not fans of being in front of the camera, we are always behind the camera. So we told my mom that we were going to pass, but asked who the director was to see if we knew the person. She told us that he was “a guy from California”.

A few days later, we read an article about the movie and saw who was directing it- Spencer Folmar of SpenceTF. The name was so familiar, so I asked Andrew if he knew who this was. Andrew informed me that this was the man he talked to about filming, while he was still in high school!

I said to Andrew, how awesome would it be if we could go on set and take behind the scenes photos? Then it clicked! I asked Andrew (since he knew Spencer) to contact him and see if it was even a possibility. That same night, Spencer said that would be great and put us in touch with the proper people to get involved!

I wrote the email that was necessary to Isaac March, the Unit Projection Manager. In two days, we received an email stating that we were permitted to come on set and take images, that they would add us to the ‘call sheet’! We were so excited!

We arrived on set, a little too early- but hey, we were excited! After getting all the legal paperwork underway and questions answered, we were good to start taking photos during the remainder of the evening!

The first thing we learned was about all the rules, regulations, and policies that are needed to film and protect crew, actors, and everyone involved.

We learned how some equipment was used, how a film crew works and how teamwork and patience is SO important when it comes to a film project!

The crew was so dedicated, many are deprived of sleep, have traveled across the country, and are away from their families, but they continue to be enthusiastic and positive throughout the process.

I will not list every single detail here, and some I can’t, but I did want to share some of the experience.

However, before I stop, I do want to list a few negative AND positive things we learned about working with a crew:

1. If a movie asks for extras, expect to fully commit. With a movie, the process doesn’t happen instantly. If you volunteer, prepare to be there past the time that is scheduled. ANYTHING can go wrong. If you leave early, you’re not only being rude to the film crew, but also not supporting what they are doing. It’s very subtle, but even with us only taking photos, we still felt let down that people were leaving.

2. Treat the film crew with full respect. If you have questions or concerns, address them in a calm, professional manner. For the most part- the issue will be resolved!

3. If something needs done, offer to help. But don’t be offended if you are told no. Some jobs (like finding a person, bringing water, etc) may be something you can help with, but moving of equipment is totally off limits.

4. Be sure to respect the location you are at. Offer to help clean up (don’t leave garbage) or give a tip to the attendees/cashier, etc.

5. Remember to follow all the rules- they are in place for a reason.

Again, we want to thank Spencer & Isaac for getting us involved. Val for answering all of our questions. Maurice for being so understanding with all of our questions. And so many of the crew members for welcoming us like we were a part of the family.

Unfortunately, we are unable to post any of the images we take until after the movie is released, BUT you can (and I fully recommend) to go like their Facebook page “Generational Sins” and follow their progress!!