Our most important supporting cast… the Background Talent (a.k.a. Extras).

No man is an island and most films cannot be made without Extras.

Yes, extras.

“A background actor or extra is a performer in a filmtelevision show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking, nonsinging or nondancing capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene). War films and epic films often employ background actors in large numbers: some films have featured hundreds or even thousands of paid background actors as cast members (hence the term ‘cast of thousands’). Likewise, grand opera can involve many background actors appearing in spectacular productions.

On a film or TV set, background actors are usually referred to as “background talent”, “background performers”, “background artists”, “background cast members” or simply “background” while the term “extra” is rarely used.” – Wikipedia

This group of actors and actresses completely blew me away with their professionalism and talent when it came to working on our film. Most of the time extras are not featured or mentioned (by name) at all when promoting a film or television show so, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to them by introducing them to you.

Anna Ross. A professional and natural talent, she was a pleasure to work with. Anna improvised some lines for me on a moment’s notice and helped put a button on a scene in a way I had never considered.
Emma Duncan. Emma took the bus from Pasadena to Gardena two days in a row after being booked via Craigslist the night before we were scheduled to shoot our school scenes. If you’ve never lived in Los Angeles, that is about 2 hours (one way) to get to us and we are grateful she did.
Billy Cruz. Or “Billynaire Cruz” also came down to play with us two days in a row over the weekend. Billy has been on numerous sets and it shows in his professionalism and talent.
Leonel CLaude. Leo is passionate about his work and both his resume and IMDB are just scratching the surface on the number of productions he’s appearing in. A great presence to have on set.
Nick Brovender. Nick also came to us at the last minute; literally the night before the last day of principle photography. Professional and upbeat, it was a joy having Nick come out and play with us on location.
Beth Damiano. Great energy and quick on her feet, I also asked Beth to improvise some lines for me on the spot. We were shooting an alternate scene that was not working for me and I couldn’t ignore her enthusiasm to help. Beth stepped up and owned it.
Daniel Vega. Cool, calm, and collected, Daniel never really said much can convey words with just a look. Just look at that smile.
Jessica Sznajnor. Coming from a film industry family, Jessica works on both sides of the camera. From the second she walked in the door, she brought great energy and an upbeat attitude. She even offered to stay longer despite having to run off to another shoot that same night!


Filmmaking is truly a collaborative effort and I could not have completed my film without their help.

We had originally planned for double the amount of background talent to come out for filming but they all flaked. Resilient and determined to continue with our journey, we simply embraced our cast who did show up and will be forever grateful they did. Karma will deal with the rest…

Thank you, everyone.

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

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