Yesterday, four of us drove into the city to be a part of the Protomen music video for Light Up the Night and the Fall. I've never been an extra for anything, so I was pretty pumped, and doing it for my favorite band just made that even awesomer. We got there around 3ish, hung around a bit, and I managed to track down one of the band members to give cookies to (which most of them enjoyed much, it seems). It actually didn't take too long for things to get started; we got to watch them rehearse a fight scene and then they split us extras into groups.
So, the dress code involved a skirt and my lace up boots with heels. So when they pulled B group down for a rocking out scene, and then pulled a few of us aside to sort of mosh, I was terrified and convinced I was going to fall on my ass on camera. I'm not that good with heels in normal circumstances, and especially not when I'm supposed to be going nuts.
Well, got through that with only a slight casualty of my hair. (Thankfully, Gina, my hair-braider friend, had come.) We did some other scenes after, mainly rocking out, one of which totally killed the braid bun entirely. Gina fixed it later, but there's this chance that if I made it into different scenes, my hair will be different in each one, haha.
So, on a side note, I'm not really much of a fist pumper at shows; usually I just rock out in my own special way. But we needed to fistpump, so, I learned. But sweet jesus, I thought my arm was going to fall off by the end of all of the takes, especially since they were doing two songs together for the video. It was good that I was right up front, near Bakker, one of the guitarists, who would fist pump at certain parts, and which really helped re-energize. Though I did accidentally elbow him in the knee at one point, and nearly fistpumped into his guitar. Whatevs, he said he didn't feel me elbow him anyway. (But he's so polite that I think he would have said that regardless.)
They also gave us pizza around 9, and later played some songs as "payment" to us, which was great, since by then a lot of the extras had bailed (it was after midnight at this point) and so it was a really intimate mini-show. We all managed to scrounge up great energy for that, somehow. Then it was back to filming, this time in the rain! Actually, though, the rainy "walking into the venue" scene was my favorite to do, even though I had no jacket and was soaking. Scott and I were walking in together, and this random other extra we'd chatted to a little would run up as we reached the doors, throw an arm around each of us, and we'd walk in. This was all unscripted; we'd basically just gotten the barest of stage directions. I wish I'd gotten the dude's name, because though it surprised the hell out of me the first time he did it, it was pretty fun, and I hope that makes it into the video.
By the time we left, drove to my mom's to drop of Gina and Nack at their car, and then drove to my place, it was nearly 5am. And we'd left early-- apparently filming didn't finish until around then. So you can bet that when my boss called to tell me she miscalculated hours and I shouldn't come in, I was not disappointed.
Oh, and did I mention I also went to see the Protomen on Thursday at a show and Turbo Lover put his hat on my head during encore? Super sweet. Seriously, this band is way too much fun, even when you're utterly exhausted and it's 1:43am and you're just sitting around listening to them tell random stories while other people film outside.
And I get to see them again at PAX East conventionthis upcoming weekend! Which I need to finish a project for and pack for, ahhhh!
So, yeah. Will post up the finished video... whenever it is done and out! I'm not sure how soon turnaround is on something like that, and they still have more to film.
I'll be trying to get a little more caught up with Gather, but I've just got so much going on right now, so I apologize for not being around!