Did anyone bother to edit this before it went to press? OMG, that last line is a doozie.
Is anyone really surprised at that? When you take away all but 2 of the original wives, Denise and Joan are the only two left, what do you expect? I tuned in and fell in love with Roxy, Pamela, Claudia Joy, Denise, Roland, and Joan. Not Brooke Shields and Ashanti.
Yay. Let's all chip in to support Lovecraft's rampantly racist and misogynist worldview.
I agree with citizenqwerty, the hours are long and the timing unfavorable, but as someone who is very familiar with both the reckless background experience, as well as the same experience for numerous other film and television shows, then I have to say this is nothing out of the ordinary.
As for Bruce Dunbar, maybe he should stay away from the entertainment industry if he expects his time as an extra to rocket him to some sort of stardom. On many television shows and movies the extras are treated much worse than they are on Reckless, and despite the sometimes long and unfavorable hours many seem to enjoy the experience.
It is true, Charleston is not LA, nor does it want to be, and professional extras here don't exist, but this industry and it's impact on the community (outside of the petty subject matter) are very important. Shows like reckless, army wives, dear John, and the notebook dumped millions of dollars into the economy of sc over the last 10 years, and with the newly signed film incentives, South Carolina and charleston will hopefully become a lot like our northern neighbor Wilmington North Carolina, which has been a hub for hit movies like iron man 3, the conjuring, and we're the millers all shot in 2012.
It's important to remember that supporting this industry supports our community. They purchase from local vendors and businesses, pay for locations and shoot in our city which increases revenue, even if sometimes it's slightly inconvenient. And extras are an important part of this process. As extras we play a small but important role, for every Bruce Dunbar there's at least 3 or 4 people who really enjoy the experience and learn a lot about the filmmaking process. A process that, supported by the film incentive and educations at trident technical college, USC, and Clemson will hopefully become a viable career options for people in charleston in the near future. And that is a good thing.
While it's nice that CBS is here and using some local folks, I think that they have forgotten that this is Charleston, not LA, and the locals that they are hiring as extras are not, in general, professional extras who are trying to break into the business, but local people with actual real jobs and families. Asking for (for example, as happened last week) consecutive "days" (nights) of 12-14 hours (with the shoot ending at 6 AM, on one of them) is simply abusing the good will of the locals. By the time they get to the last episodes they may (and probably should) have trouble filling the courtroom.
I'm unclear what these extras (nobodies in a mostly nobody-filled show) expected?
Adoring fans giving them bj's off set? Cash bonuses liberally dispersed (because the pathetic pay was known in advance)? An impromptu starring role? Actual fun partying?
They should be happy they got a free meal, but the ginger ale and V8 downer cancels that out.
"lucky enough to participate"
"lucky enough to be on set"
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
"A lot of the time the extras were standing around, getting into wardrobe (or out of wardrobe since some of the men were asked to lose their shirts), and being placed and re-placed around set. Dunbar related it to being herded like cattle, and explains how the extras crew had to spend almost an hour in the backyard of the party house being as quiet as possible while the actors shot a scene inside the house."
Yes, well, that is the whole point of being an extra. With that astute assessment Dunbar seems very intellectually qualified to be a part of this show.
"Send a testimony?"
Anyone over 14 that has watched more than 10 seconds of the Real World is brain dead.
This is good news! Bring the Real World to Charleston! Where do I sign up? Don't sign the petition!
I have a petition against petitions I'd like you all to sign. It's on my Facebook group "I hate Facebook groups".
Keep "The Real World' in Charleston!!!
That's funny. I have a love/hate relationship with CCP's pop culture "reporting."
How dare the CCP not have a real-time, RSS update feed to make sure that changing petition count be constantly reflected on this blog post! This stuff MATTERS, people! Some Charlestonians could be momentarily inconvenienced by such a production!
50 signatures? Check that out again......it is around 1,500.
And was around 800 at the time this article was published..
Where do you go to make fun of people auditioning?
Where do you go to audition?
When are the auditions?
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