Friday, August 26, 2011
Extra! Extra! Daedalus employee Amy Dill moonlights on major Hollywood film
On Saturday, August 6, I spent the day at Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. No, it wasn’t to watch the Steelers, but to see the Gotham Rogues take on the Rapid City Monuments. Never heard of them? That’s because they exist only in Gotham—that's right, the infamous city where Batman resides. Thanks to a friend who heard about this unique opportunity, we scored tickets to be extras in the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Weeks before filming, we began receiving exciting emails from Be In a Movie (the company that handled all the extras) filling us in on what our day would be like, what we needed to bring with us, and all the prizes they would raffle off. The specific scene they would be filming was kept top secret, but we knew there would be a football game and that we had to bring fall/winter coats (more on that later). We also had no idea which cast members (if any) would be there. If you aren’t familiar with the films, the cast includes Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman, as well as Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, who play the villains.
The plot of The Dark Knight Rises has been kept secret, but thanks to the media-driven world we live in, you can easily go online and find video and pictures taken by paparazzi and onlookers (the cast and crew have been in Pittsburgh for several weeks). Although the story itself isn’t revealed, you can see what the latest villains look like as well as the new Batman vehicles (which are very cool). Because of the secrecy surrounding the film, I can’t reveal exactly what I witnessed on the set that day, but what I can share is that we were in the opening scene of the movie, and it will be amazing! Stay tuned next week for my experiences on the set. Although I can’t tell you everything I saw, there is still plenty I can share.