Ever wondered what’s going through the minds of extras on your favourite films and television shows? Well I’m working on a miniature series which takes these vital background performers and completely fabricates a story surrounding their personal lives and experiences on set. Think the aptly titled BBC series Extras by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant as a big source of inspiration, but that’s not all.
I also aim to give the nameless characters these extras play, a role within each filmic universe they inhabit. A story branch of their very own so to speak. Picture a main protagonist portraying a handsome, cleaver yet unscrupulous man on a slow path to moral enlightenment. He catches a cab to the big courthouse of the final act, making his way up the stone steps to his destiny. But what of the cab driver? What’s their story in all of this? They have to keep existing, don’t they? Hopefully you get where I’m headed with this.
Often an extra’s presence is to fill the screen with little other purpose but my mixed series will create and explore different avenues for them, both in the real world and the fictional. And what better way to tell these stories than through the medium of script format.
THE SHORT LIST
You’ve probably already guessed what gave me the inspiration for this short script. It’s been on my mind ever since I saw The Force Awakens and I often express this theory to anyone who shares a love for the universe George Lucas sparked off those many years ago.