Extra (acting)

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A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene).wikipedia
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Supernumerary actor

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In a stage production, background actors are commonly referred to as "supernumeraries".
It is the equivalent of "extra" in the motion picture industry.

Screen Actors Guild

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In the United States, most major film and television productions used to fall under the jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) or AFTRA.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) was an American labor union which represented over 100,000 film and television principal and background performers worldwide.

Extras (TV series)

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The British television sitcom Extras (2005–07) follows the exploits of two professional background actors, Andy and Maggie.
Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television, film, and theatre.

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union

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In the United Kingdom, the distinction between an actor and an extra is defined by agreements between the actors trade unions Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) and Equity, and the various commercial trade and production bodies.
In July 1995, the Film Artistes' Association (FAA), founded in 1927 as a trade union for film extras merged to become a sub-division of BECTU.

Mithya

In the Hindi black comedy film Mithya (2008), the protagonist is a background actor whose facial similarity to an underworld crime boss lands him in trouble.
A Extra (acting) (Ranvir Shourie) gets caught up with the 'wrong people' because his face is identical to an underworld don 'Raje'.

The Bit Player

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The Filipino comedy-drama film Ekstra (The Bit Player) (2013) centers around the life of a divorcee named Loida Malabanan, whose odd job as a bit player for various acting roles enabled her to send her daughter to college.
The film follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra.

I Am Somebody

The Chinese-Hong Kong film I Am Somebody (2015) is about extras working at the Hengdian World Studios.
I Am Somebody is a 2015 drama film written and directed by Derek Yee about extras working at the Hengdian World Studios.

Character actor

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In either case, character actor roles are more substantial than bit parts or non-speaking extras.

Bit part

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Unlike extras, who do not typically interact with principals, actors in bit parts are sometimes listed in the credits.

Hengdian World Studios

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The Chinese-Hong Kong film I Am Somebody (2015) is about extras working at the Hengdian World Studios.
A film about extras working at the studio, I Am Somebody, was released in China in 2015.

Central Casting

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Central Casting is an American casting company with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, and Louisiana that specializes in the casting of extras, body doubles, and stand-ins.

Under-five

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An under-five role falls between an extra (a nonspeaking role) and a day player (a full part).

Backup dancer

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Background dancer
Extra (actor)

Supporting actor

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Supporting actor
Extra (acting)

Performing arts

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A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene).

Film

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A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene).

War film

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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").

Epic film

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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").

Grand opera

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Likewise, grand opera can involve many background actors appearing in spectacular productions.

Acting

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It is not entirely true that background cast members require little or no acting experience, as any type of unrealistic portrayal must include some form of imagination and acting.

Spotlight (company)

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Several casting agencies specialize only in background work, whilst in the UK the directory Contacts published annually by Spotlight lists all accredited agencies and productions.

Stage combat

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Artists may be required to provide a basic one-page A4 sized CV/resume, that states basic personal details and dimensions, any significant skills (e.g. stage combat), and includes two 8x10 inch photographs on the rear: one head shot; one full body shot.

Inline skating

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Casting directors may also look for background actors with a special skill for the scene, such as rollerblading, or dancing.

James Cameron

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For instance, on James Cameron's film Titanic, a group of 150 "core background actors" was hired to play the ship's passengers, and employed throughout the filming.