HOW I GOT TO BE AN EXTRA
So how did that come about? By the time I heard about the filming of the first
series it was too late to apply. Besides which no one had any idea what it was
There have been some awful shows on British TV including 'That Gay Show'
and 'Gaytime TV' so I was worried that QAF might turn out to be something
However, when the second series was announced, I knew I wanted to be part
of it and kept my eyes open. I walk through Canal Street just about every day
and soon I saw them filming. So I asked one of the crew how to apply.
He advised me to telephone Red Productions, which was based at Granada TV
in Manchester. I got in touch with them and was asked to complete an application
form with my measurements and a photo.
However, instead of getting to play a gay boy on Canal Street, as I expected,
I ended up being a 'straight' guest at the wedding reception!
I saw an American film crew making a documentary and discovered later that it
was for a behind-the-scenes video called 'The Boys of Manchester: On the Set of
Queer As Folk 2'. This only seems to have been released in the USA and, unfortunately,
now appears to be unavailable even there. If anyone has a copy they can loan me
(I'm in the UK remember) I would love to see it.
I had a great time on location, met some good people, and we got paid and
well fed! The actors don't usually talk with the extras. Denise Black (Vince's
mum) was an exception and was very friendly.
I'M IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE!
The sequence at the wedding reception begins with me on the left in the foreground
(I'm wearing a green shirt and black trousers).
Although on screen there is music and chatter, scenes like this are shot in
complete silence except for the sound of the actors speaking.
This is so that a clean recording of their dialogue can be made without any
background noise or music. Those are added later by the film editor.
You may have spotted a downside... Yes we had to dance with no music at all!
Although they played a short burst to get us going before the cameras started
As Vince jumps up and runs to the bar to break up the potential fight between
Stewart and the groom, he passes me on the dance-floor. But, when he gets to the
bar, as if by magic I'm behind the groom too.
MY TOP TIP
As a photographer I know that there are 'foreground' colours (red is one) that
jump out at the viewer and background colours, like green and blue, which we associate
with more distant things such as hills and the sky. White, on the other hand,
can appear over bright and glaring on camera.
So I wore my green shirt for the shoot and sure enough, because that colour
would blend into the background, I was picked to appear in three different shots.
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