A year in the life of a supporting actor

In 2011 i started to act as a supporting actor in the film Cockneys vs zombies,it was only meant to be a one off.
But i got the bug and carried on while waiting to go to India to marry my wife.
I done a further four films and enjoyed it so much that when i return to uk next year i will carry on.
This is the story of those five films and pictures to go with them.
(Please note that the pictures that go with this did not upload,i guess movellas doesnt do that)


4. Chapter four



That was a great experience for me the rise and fall of a white collar hooligan, I received an e-mail from a company asking me about a short film called Dear Mr Cameron, they sent me a line to read out on a video and send to them.

I got my camera video, which to tell you the truth was not brilliant, I tried to memorise the line’s as best as I could, it was a long speech, and then I video myself and sent them the tape. I wasn’t successful and I knew why the video was bad footage and I admit I got some of the line’s mixed up a bit but oh well I tried.

Then another break through I got a mail from a company which was making a feature film called The Wee Man, directed by ray burdis, who I might add is one of England’s top directors. It was for the 16th November and I was to wear casual clothes as it was a bar scene, The Wee Man was based on a true story as was the rise and fall of a white collar hooligan; it was the life of one Paul Ferris, a Scottish gangster. As a note rise and fall of a white collar hooligan was based on the life of a football hooligan who went on to become one of the biggest credit card fraudsters in history. The movie will break new ground as there has been no movie about credit card fraud.

So the day came and I took the train to Highbury, the pub being used was the local pub used by the arsenal football club fans before and after match days, I am a huge arsenal fan so it suited me fine. I walked down the road and immediately saw the pub with all the crew vans outside.




I walked on till again a saw the lamp post had sign’s pointing me in the right direction, with the wee man on them, I found the actor’s premise’s and went inside, once I was seated they gave me a bacon roll and a cup of coffee then I got talking to two huge men, one was a professional wrestler and the other a former boxer like myself, I didn’t tell you I was an amateur boxer for six years and also a professional for a while and now I have my boxing coaching license but maybe that’s another story some day.

Then I was called into make up, where I sat down and the lady applied white powder to my face and then I changed my shoes to large black boots. Then it was a walk to the pub to get ready for the shoot.



                   A COUPLE OF OTHER ACTORS

We sat and had coffee and I chatted away to a couple of nice men, both arsenal fans so that made it better. One of the men said he used to be in the fiancé department for handing out the money to film makers, he said this movie was probably on about £500,000 pound budget.



I was called by the director, he wanted me to play a man who get’s cs gas sprayed in his face, I had a bit of a cold this day and my voice wasn’t good but I gave it a try. I was seated with three other actor’s round a table and the one in front spray’s me in the face and I shout out loud FUCK and smash out the doors to the outside, the double door’s were right by the table, I tried it for a few take’s but my voice couldn’t  get up to be loud.

So they gave the part to some one else, I wasn’t to upset it was just one of those thing’s, I had the break but couldn’t take it.

So the director had me sitting at a table facing the double doors reading my paper, as the main lead come’s in I look up at him, then when the spray gets put in the man’s face I look up and shrug, as if it’s an every day accordance.

So the scene started and in walked martin crompston, who played Paul Ferris, I looked at him but not moving my head, just with my eye’s and then I looked again with my eye’s as the spray was used and just shrugged. The director was really pleased with the way I just looked with my eyes and not moving my head up, he said it looked great and keep it up. The scene was shot from various angle’s so it took a while, the scene went like this, Paul walks in and gets a drink at the bar, a man from the talk shout’s out, it’s the wee man, come here, Paul walks over and the man says do you know what this is, showing him the cs gas canister and he reply’s cs gas and then the man sprays it into the guy’s face, who ran’s out screaming.

After the scene was finished we broke for lunch, I had the chicken and salad, it was ok and of course a couple of coffee’s.


After lunch one of the crew came up to me and said I was not needed any more as they were shooting a different scene for another day and needed new faces. I was walked back to costume and make up, where I put my shoe’s back on and said my good byes. It was understandable, I couldn’t be used for a new day if I was in the scene the previous day, so I went home a but it was a great experience for me.

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