Last summer I was an extra in ‘Safe’, a Netflix original series.
Safe is a British television drama mini-series created by crime author Harlan Coben. Set in England, the series is a co-production between Canal+ and Netflix, with C8 airing the show in France, and Netflix streaming the show internationally outside France. The series began filming in Manchester, Liverpool and Cheshire in July 2017. It consists of eight episodes that premiered in 190 countries on 10 May 2018.
Safe focuses on Englishman Tom Delaney (Hall), a paediatric surgeon and widowed father of two teenage daughters. He is struggling to connect to his daughters as they still grieve the loss of his wife from cancer one year prior. After his 16-year-old daughter Jenny goes missing, Tom ends up uncovering a web of secrets as he frantically searches for her.
The location I filmed in was Liverpool train station, the yellow line specifically. Firstly, we were taken upon arrival to a trailer where all the extras sat and were provided with lunch, I was basically getting paid to eat very nice catered food! I met two girls who were around my age and talked for a while. I do remember waiting around for agggeeessssss! It is a very slow process.
Later we went to the dressing room. This is where they will dress you but for this shoot we were all in casual or work clothes as we were in a train station. We had to bring a few different outfits for this and the stylist picked the most appropriate ones.
Once we were taken over to the actual train station, we were again provided with tea and biscuits and again waited for ages in a cold train station. This was cool though because you get too see all the directors, runners and equipment. It wasn’t until it was my turn to shoot that I realised the main actors in Safe were Michael C Hall and Marc Warren. I knew them from Dexter and Doctor Who.
For the actual shoot, we had to spread out along the platform and step on the train (which was open too the public) and the turn around and step off the train and walk down the platform, towards the camera whilst the actors around us did their part. Very easy but hard to act natural when you are told too. I was happy to do it in a pair with a nice girl I had met.
That was my part over, although whilst waiting some more, I got to see one of the actors scene, as well as the confused public.
It finished at around 11pm and I got paid around £80 for the day, which basically involved free food, meeting people, experience and waiting around.
I would definitely recommend being an extra, it is easy additional money and great experience. It was perfect for me as I am not interested in acting but I am interested in the work behind the scenes and it made me even more interested.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Eleanor Elizabeth xx