Becoming a Supporting Artist (extra/walk-on etc) can be good fun and can never be accused of being your standard 9 to 5 job. We do our very best to find our artistes the best opportunities the industry can offer - In return we ask that our artists follow a few simple golden rules.
While on set you are a representative of IPM. Conducting yourself in a professional, polite and courteous manner is essential.
Punctuality & Transport
Extremely important!!! Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive - Filming work often starts very early!
A good means of transport is essential; a car is our preferred option as some locations could be in remote areas. Always allow plenty of time to reach the location/unit base, please consider the traffic and unknown destinations.
To obtain your Call Time - Please contact IPM between the hours of 16:00 - 17:00 the day before you have been booked to work on one of the following numbers - 0113 244 3222 / 07890 387 758.
On the day of filming make sure that the Call Time you are given is the time you are ready to start and not the time you arrive. if you turn up late with no valid reason you will not be booked again.
Arriving on Set
It helps if you can interact easily with other members on set - Being polite and helpful is essential.
Whist on set remember that you AND the actors are working, do not try being over friendly with the artistes i.e. referring to them by character name, asking for photographs/selfies and autographs etc. Some artistes like to keep themselves to themselves, just gauge the situation, if you are spoken to then just be friendly and polite.
Signing in at Unit base or studio - You must sign in with the appropriate member of staff or at the allocated are. If you don't sign in, the production company has no way of knowing you have arrived and your job may be given to someone else.
There may be long waiting periods between filming but please be patient - do not start complaining or asking what time you will finish, never ask to leave early - the production crew are very busy. You should assume long working days and not make any conflicting arrangements.
TIP - Take a good book, magazine or newspaper to read, Because of the regular need for silence on set.
Behaviour on set
Always conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times and be polite and courteous to everyone you meet. if you have a problem with anyone, let the agency know - Do not take matters into your own hands.
Don't wander off without letting the person in charge know where you are going as instructions for filming can be given at any time. Even if you just need the facilities make sure that you have permission to do so and that the relevant people know where you are.
Never take a camera or video equipment on set AND do not discuss any storylines or events from your filming day with any persons not relating to the production - as this could infringe copyright laws.
Mobile Phones should always be turned on, on the day of filming until you arrive at unit base/studio so that you are accessible to members of the production team in case of changes of lateness. But REMEMBER whilst on set mobiles should be turned off Completely - not just on silent mode.
You will be informed of what to wear by IPM or by a member of the production team - if you haven't heard from anyone please get in touch.
Some production companies provide costumes for you and some don't, it depends of the content of the production. Please make sure your measurements are always up-to-date as we will hand over this information to production.
If you are required to supply your own clothes, make sure you take a good selection with you so that the costume department can choose something appropriate - the more choice the better most people take a suitcase full of clothes.
Please make sure the clothes you take are clean, ironed and appropriately cared for i.e. suit carrier or suitcase.
If you are uncertain about what to wear, talk to us - we would rather you be fully prepared.
TIP Dress for the weather - Production companies film during all weathers so make sure you take something warm to wear during the long breaks between filming, because you might not have somewhere warm to wait.
Catering (Refreshments and Meal Breaks)
Remember that the cast and crew will be fed FIRST, so wait until you are told to eat by a member of the production team.
The production catering facilities can be varied. Normally if you are filming in a studio you will have to pay for your own meal ~ in the canteen, unless you take your own food. On location a meal is normally provided.
Always remember to take some money with you just in case you need to pay, or bring your own food. Especially if you have special dietary requirements, please don't assume that these will be catered for ~If you do bring your own food, please do not consume it during filming.
Some production companies will provide Tea & Coffee facilities whilst you are waiting ~ Don’t take advantage of this benefit and remember to clear all of your rubbish away AND never take beverages on set with you.
Be on set as requested and never disappear - always inform a member of production if you need to leave set, even for the use of the toilet.
Improve Your Chance Of Being Booked
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Always make sure we have up-to-date contact information for you and that you answer or return our calls urgently
Be available at short notice.
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