It turns out that some of the sound guys that were working this film are sound guys from The Office. I talked to them for awhile and they were really cool guys. I think they were geeking out about the show as much as I was. You could tell they really love working on the show.
I was on-call from Thursday to Sunday and I finally got the call to go in on Sunday. I had such a fan-freakin-tastic time! I got to shoot all day … and I wasn’t even an extra. We were the people they were shooting. Now, I had no idea what we were going to do when we arrived.
At first, I thought we were going to be stand-ins where we just sit there while they figure out lighting so the real actors don’t have to stand in the sun or light while they do that, but you’re never on camera. When I got there, I found out that we were, in fact, their “photo doubles”. So, then, I thought they were just going to take pictures of us. In reality, what we did was we actually shot scenes as them.
It was pretty cool. All of our scenes were car scenes. The car that the couple is driving in Phoenix is an orange Aveo. So, we were shooting scenes, as the actors, driving this car around downtown Phoenix and the Biltmore area. It was pretty cool because we had police escorts and they were blocking off the streets while we roamed around. I got to run red lights and go down one-way streets going the wrong way. It was exciting. I felt like a real actor.
We had a walkie talkie with us, so when we were on our marks the director would yell “Aaaaaaaaaction” over the talkie and we would go. Downtown was empty, as you would imagine it would be early on a Sunday morning. That’s what they were going for.
By 9am or so, people started filling the streets, so the PA’s and the police were trying to keep people from walking in our shots. We were still allowed to run red lights but they said, “Run the red lights while we’re filming but if you see pedestrian walking across, don’t hit them.” … Uh, yeah, I think we had that covered. We shot about seven scenes in seven different locations around Phoenix. I kind of felt like a celebrity because they drove us around to every location.
I thought that was the end of my stint on the set. The following Monday, I did have to go to set to fill out some paperwork. As I walked on set, the agent called my name and was excited to see me. I thought that was odd but she ran up to me and told me she was getting ready to call me. It turns out that filming had been pushed out for another day and the girl who had been Maya’s stand-in couldn’t do the extra day, so the agent asked if I could do it. There’s no way I was turning that down.
The agent had to go find my paperwork, so I just hung around in the background watching John and Maya film some scenes. When the agent returned with my paperwork, I figured I should be getting back to work to my real job, so I sat in the back and filled out my paperwork.