Saturday, October 30, 2010

The first ever WALKY AWARD goes to....

A film set is a remarkably boring place. Hours upon hours of waiting for something. A wait for the cameraman to set up, a wait for the lighting director, a wait for the sound man, a wait for the weather, a wait for the lead starlet to wake up at 5:00 am after an all night bender at the club. She must have a cold, she's horse and is sniffling a lot.

With so much time to kill, a disgruntled background extra (Russell) pointed out that everybody involved with production gets mentioned, except the background extras. Never. The caterer gets listed, every sort of assistant and intern get listed into the credits, even the producer's hooker is worked into the credits somehow. Never background actors.

So I decided to come up with some sort of award for background extras. Check out old films and isolate excellent performances in background acting.  Where to start? Well, my friend Jeffery in NJ posted this one on his Facebook. I thought it would be a great first winner of a "WALKY AWARD"

Performer: Unknown

The YOUTUBE set up video is boring, see, he's a film maker. "This short film is about a piece of footage I (George Clarke) found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film 'The Circus'. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA "

If any of you have suggestions for a WALKY award, send me a link to the video!

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