The experience of being a movie extra in a locally shot film will be the topic for an interview with a foreign TV production, which will be taking place in Malta later this year.
Most films shot in Malta need and use local extras to help bring the movie to life. From the epic movies on the grand scale such as films like Gladiator, Troy, Agora and so many others, have required the involvement of hundreds of extras whether walking about in the background, to forming part of the crowds! All have contributed and have become critical elements in the film helping to set the mood and the physical look for each scene giving any film a true air of authenticity. Even smaller films cannot do without the use of the movie extra without whom, the scene would be empty, lifeless and completely unrealistic.
For an ever increasing number of talented locals being cast in speaking roles and a substantial amount of everyday people as “background extras”, being part of a Hollywood movie has now become a reality with the regularity of films being shot in Malta. Malta’s involvement in the international film industry can be traced back to the 1920’s, in a span of 86 years at least 100 feature films have been shot in Malta either entirely or partially, with the earliest known film going back as far as 1925 with ‘Sons of the Sea’ directed by H. Bruce Woolfe.
On the list of films shot in Malta one can expect to find a number of well-known box-office hits and hollywood movies such as: The Devil's Double, Agora, Largo Winch, The Da Vinci Code, Open Water 2: Adrift, Munich, A Different Loyalty, Troy, Alexander, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Count of Monte Cristo, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, U-571, Gladiator, White Squall, Cutthroat Island, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Les 1001 Nuits, Erik the Viking, Black Eagle, Pirates, Clash of the Titans, Popeye, Force 10 from Navarone, Midnight Express, Orca, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Shout at the Devil, Casino Royale and The Bedford Incident, to mention a few. Learn more about films shot in Malta from 1920’s to modern times at the Malta Film Commission’s website www.mfc.com.mt.
Accordingly, the Malta Film Commission is seeking movie extras who have been in a number of movies and have a story to tell. Stories can be about working on set or experiences with a particular actor. Interested ‘extras’ are asked to send in their stories and include information on their experiences (including any fondest memories), how you started and the list of movies you were involved in.
Candidates will be shortlisted and called in for an interview. So, if you have a story to tell, contact the Malta Film Commission by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 21 809135/6. Interested persons interested in listing themselves as an extra with the Malta Film Commission can also request an extras’ application form by sending an email to email@example.com