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Extras Needed for Milk March in San Francisco


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Gus van Sant and the filmmakers want you to help recreate three 1970's marches through San Francisco's Castro district for Milk, which began shooting this week:

"On Monday night, February 4th and Friday night, February 8th, the feature film MILK (directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk) will be re-creating three 1970's marches through the Castro. We are looking for volunteers to appear in the these marches in the film. THERE ARE NO AUDITIONS. IF YOU SIGN-UP ON THIS SITE AND SHOW UP, YOU WILL BE USED. All ages, races and genders are welcome. But, you MUST be 18 or over to participate. Filming will take place from 7pm - midnight on Monday night at Castro & Market and from 9pm - 3am on Friday night at Market & Franklin. Come either or both nights. As a thank you for participating, we will host a screening for the marchers of the documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK on Monday, February 4th at the Castro Theater at 4:30pm, with introductions by the filmmaker, Rob Epstein, Cleve Jones, Gus Van Sant, and members of the cast. The filming will begin immediately after the screening."

Head over to their website to sign up to participate.

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AFTER THE JUMP, wardrobe items that are encouraged and discouraged for participants...

HarveymilkItems that are ENCOURAGED:

* Blue Jeans for Men and Women: Traditional brands and simple blue coloring preferred: Levi's, Lee, Wrangler, etc. Tight fitting with straight leg or flare is preferred.
* Corduroy pants, khakis, other simple pants.
* Denim Jackets, Army jackets, Trench coats, corduroy jackets, brown and black Leather jackets, suede jackets, wool jackets.
* Women's skirts: Knee length, denim, suede; worn with higher leather boots.
* Tops: Wool or cotton sweaters, Henley shirts, solid sweatshirts, solid T-shirts, flannel shirts in solids and plaids such as Pendelton-style wool tops
* Shoes: Canvas sneakers such as converse, leather boots such as Frye, clogs; simple rugged shoes with basic materials such as canvas and leather.
* Hats: Wool knit hats, newsboy hats, bandannas for longer hair, etc.

Items that are DISCOURAGED:

* NO trendy designer jeans with overt modern finishes; extremely faded legs, wiskering, embroidery, large logos, etc.
* NO clothing with branding such as Abercrombie, Nike, Gap, etc; NO overt phrases or logos.
* NO clothing items that are made from identifiable modern materials such as Polar Fleece, Velcro, gore tex, etc.
* NO modern-looking sneakers that appear to be made with advanced materials, air pumps, clear rubbers, etc.
* NO Garish bright colors such as BRIGHT white or red, or "Wacky" disco-themed 70's "Halloween Costumes"

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    I worked as a Background Extra when I first got started here in Hollywood and there are certain rules that aren't being followed. First of all, Central Casting (here in L.A.) pays all background extras minimum wage for every hour they work. Secondly, you are supposed to be paid even more if you bring your own costumes. Are these San Francisco extras being paid anything? You think Gus Van Sant or Sean Penn would do this scene for free???

    Posted by: Hollywood dave | Jan 23, 2008 4:22:17 PM

  2. "By agreeing to participate in this recreation, you hereby grant Milk
    Productions, LLC the right, but not the obligation, to photograph you and
    exploit your likeness, voice and other sound effects in and in connection with the production, exhibition, distribution, promotion, exploitation, publicity and advertising of a motion picture without compensation in all media throughout the universe in perpetuity."

    Posted by: Louise | Jan 23, 2008 5:20:24 PM

  3. Most of participating could care less about getting paid, but instead are more than happy to help make a movie about a great man who died fighting for our equal rights.


    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 23, 2008 5:21:30 PM

  4. San Francisco isn't Hollywood. We don't do things just for the money. It's important for us to tell Harvey's story so many of us would PAY to participate as an extra.

    Posted by: JWG | Jan 23, 2008 5:23:22 PM

  5. cool! i sent to my buddies in SF

    Posted by: gabriel | Jan 23, 2008 5:24:18 PM

  6. Seriously "Hollywood Dave," get those dollar signs out of your eyes! It baffles me how someone *works* as a Background Extra and expects to make money/a decent living. Geez! There's an important story being made and told here, and I'm pretty sure 99% of the folks who'll turn up are not looking for green. It should be an experience and honor to be a part of recreating a historic moment. Get a real job, I say, if you need money. Heck, get some perspective too while you're at it. Doofus!

    Posted by: James | Jan 23, 2008 5:48:56 PM

  7. To James -
    You are totally ignorant about Extra work if you think you can't make a decent living at it. Most extras, especially featured extras, make ten times the amount of money that you do. The job STARTS at minimum wage, but for SAG extras, it can be hundreds of dollars a day plus benefits and free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    To everyone else -
    Movie making is a business, people. A BUSINESS! It's all about money, including this film. While you wander up and down Castro street over and over in your period outfits at 3am in the morning in the freezing cold FOR FREE, the film crew is being paid thousands of dollars and they are getting union benefits, free meals, etc. They will be laughing at you saying, "What a bunch of chumps! What else can we get them to do for free, huh?"

    I'm doing this to protect you. If you want to be a slave and work for free, get used to saying, "Oh yessa massa. No massa. Don't beat me massa."

    Posted by: Hollywood Dave | Jan 23, 2008 6:46:45 PM

  8. Hollywood Dave is right!

    I am a SAG Extra and did you know the movie is required by Union rules to have a certain number of Extras be SAG while the rest of you work for nothing? Those SAG extras will be STARTING at $135 minimum pay for the day.

    Don't forget... If you get hurt during the filming or if some punk gay-bashes you, the filmmakers are NOT responsible because you aren't working for them.

    Don't be ignorant people! Demand to be paid for the use of your imgages on screen.

    Posted by: SAG Extra | Jan 23, 2008 7:18:00 PM

  9. Most of us have health insurance from our real jobs and will be extras in this movie, because it is happening in our neighborhood and because we want to... That's it... We want to and we will and we don't need to worry about the film crew lauging at us, because were not self hating and insecure!

    Being ignant has nothing to with anything Mary, just let us have our fun.

    Love you!


    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 23, 2008 7:43:15 PM

  10. OK enough of the "Queen Nail Attacks". We ALL know Northern and Southern California see things in different ways, different light, etc. They may be called a tree hugger in N. CA but they are also the people who stand up for one another, look out for the planet, and overall have been told by many AROUND THE WORLD, "We like San Francisco because they are more friendlier than the LA, stand & model, what are you wearing, what kind of car do you drive or how BIG is your 1040 last year, crowd?" LA is different let them be who they want to be and SF who they want to be. Remember we are ALL different and want to be recognized as such! If dollars makes your boat float, hell ok, if having friends and values floats your boat, hell ok! What makes you HAPPY is the key. And for those that say they are protecting others.....Aren't you just trying to protect yourself and what you have now from being taken away? There is nothing wrong with that but don't tell others how they should OR should not run their lives, thoughts, etc... OH AND MOST OF ALL THEIR VALUES!

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 23, 2008 11:04:36 PM

  11. I live in SoCal and understand the legal and financial reasons for demanding payment for your time and hard work, in any endeavor. That said, I wish more people would use the same passion in demanding equal RIGHTS as those demanding payment. Even though I cannot be there, my heart and my THANKS go to those of you who will be marching for the RIGHT reasons! Like Andrew, JWG & James.

    Posted by: PlaysOneOnTV | Jan 24, 2008 3:04:17 AM

  12. I worked as a casting director for Central Casting and did extras casting for many years.

    Non-union extras are NOT paid to show up with their own wardrobe unless it is a special circumstance. The wardrobe listed above consists of jeans and cords. Not tuxes and ballgowns. And even then, given the circumstances, non-union extras are not paid for that.

    And as for the release, that is all standard wordage used on any release for any film that says you won't sue them later.

    This is no different than the companies here in LA such as "Be in a Film" that bring in lots of extras to work for free. We had thousands of "free" extras work in the festival scene in SPIDER-MAN.

    Bottomline: There is nothing wrong here. Otherwise SAG would have flown in and shut it down.

    Posted by: Chad | Jan 24, 2008 10:05:36 PM

  13. OK, I live in SF and will be attending the Monday march re-creation. I'll be out of town for the Friday one, but I am a little shocked that the instructions are to "bring your own candle." Come on. Candles are cheap. Even a movie with a limited budget should be able to afford to give them out to extras working for free!

    The redone Castro looks cool. A lot of the details are very impressive! I can send pics if anyone cares.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 27, 2008 11:29:44 AM

  14. The last Gus Van Sant movie I saw was 'Elephant', a film that did not work for me. Thankfully he is back with 'Milk' which pretty much gives a detailed account of the rise of Harvey Milk and his martyrdom. Van Sant uses live footage between scenes which reminds one of how much harsher the world once was to people who were 'different'. The writing is stupendous and the dialogues are especially effective. The portrayal of the characters are very human. There is no hero or villain. There are just humans with flaws, humans fighting for what they believe in. Van Sant sets a tense and chaotic tone right from the beginning. The 70s atmosphere is well created through makeup and costumes. The use of brownish tinted light may arise nostalgia. It is two remarkable performances that make 'Milk' stand out: Sean Penn's very accurate and nuanced portrayal of Harvey Milk and Josh Brolin's layered portrayal of a complex Dan White. I doubt 'Milk' would have been effective enough if it weren't for such strong acting. The director deserves mention for his brilliant work. Movies like 'Milk' are relevant today because they serve as a reminder of how difficult life once was and how people fought against it and lives were sacrificed in order to create a better society for those living in today's world.

    Posted by: Susu | Dec 29, 2014 1:46:00 PM

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