2/5/14

Standing in the gap

Last week we got a chance to see a glimpse of Dillan on the show, The Originals.  This morning, I was looking through some of his photos and found this pic taken of him with two of his friends who also play 'extra' roles on the set and were in the same scene as Dillan the other night.  Cute, no?


I don't know much about acting, but I'm learning alot about it through Dillan.  Like any other profession, when you first get involved in the industry, you have to "pay your dues".  In other words, you usually have to work your way up.  

Without acting experience, or training, it's common to start out working on sets as what they call an 'extra'. They are the people you see on screen that are basically there to fill in the role of bystanders and to make the scene seem natural.  We don't usually pay much attention to these people individually because we naturally focus on the main character/s and what they are doing at that time.  Sometimes 'extras' are given a little more camera time - like when Dillan was shown sitting at the table with the lead actress playing Rebekah last week.

After you get experience playing 'extra' roles, it's common to get jobs as a 'stand-in' for a main character. These are higher paying positions and they give you much more personal experience behind the camera.  As a stand-in, you still don't speak, but you are actually standing in for the main character you are disguised as. Because of lighting, makeup, and positioning, viewers do not realize they are not looking at the actual actor or actress being portrayed.  And of course, if you have similar features as the actor, it's much easier for the makeup artist to transform you.  

Recently, Dillan was asked to work as a stand-in for the lead actor, Joseph Morgan who plays Niklaus on The Originals.  Needless to say, he was thrilled!  He had to wear a wig piece and had real hair glued (ouch!) to his face for a slight beard.  So I thought I'd share with you some photos of the two of them for comparison.  



Niklaus

Niklaus


Dillan

Niklaus


Dillan


Niklaus

They have similar facial structures and body builds, so it's real easy to fool the human eye.  Isn't that amazing! We just assume that every back/side view of an actor or shot we see of their hands, etc. are them, but in actuality, it's not.  

So keep all of this in mind when watching your favorite shows.  You may be looking at someone you actually know and don't even realize it :)    

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