In his new book, The Art of Clean Up, Ursus Wehrli presents before-and-after photographs of randomness sorted.
Extra! Extra!, Part 2
In which Daedalus employee Amy Dill continues her tale of being in the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. When we left our heroine (at right), she was in the Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh, waiting to see the Gotham Rogues take on the Rapid City Monuments. (If any of our readers have been extras or acted in film, we would love to hear from you!)
Filming was from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and although it was a long day it was fun and cool to watch how a movie is made. We spent most of the morning moving around the stadium so we would be in the background shots of the football game. While the cameras were rolling, we had to put on winter coats, and of course it happened to be a hot and humid day. Luckily, most scenes took a minute or less to film, then we could shed our coats while the director viewed what was shot and decided if there needed to be another take.
The assistant director would tell us what we should be doing (cheering for the Rogues, booing the Monuments, rising for the National Anthem, and even singing along). In between takes, we were entertained us by raffles of Ipod shuffles, Batman memorabilia, free flights, and even a car! Unfortunately my friends and struck out, but it was fun to watch other people claim their prizes.
In the afternoon we filmed the big scene of the day, which involved the special-effects team setting off 60 explosives on the football field. We rehearsed the scene over and over before they blew up the field because they could only do it once. Our job was to scream, duck down, and look scared. Something else happens then, but I’m sworn to secrecy about that as well additional surprises. I don’t know if I’ll be spotted in the opening scene when The Dark Knight Rises comes out in July 2012, but at least I can say I was in a major Hollywood film!