The Extras Coordinator manages the extras on a film or TV set under the direction of senior members of the AD department. They must read and break down the script prior to production. They work closely with the director, AD team and production manager to plan the extras required, to organise their casting, scheduling wardrobe fittings, hair and make-up meetings if needed. They are responsible for extras call times, meals, travel and accommodation, and for processing them through hair, make-up and wardrobe on time during filming, according to the production schedule. They must process paperwork in relation to extras registration and payment. They must ensure that all extras are dressed and carrying the right props as required.
For this role, you will need:
Understanding of how many extras are required for specific scenes within production budget and schedule.
Great people skills: the ability to manage and coordinate groups of extras of various sizes.
Ability to direct, manage, supervise and facilitate extras both prior to and during production.
Understanding of scheduling stripboards, DOOD’s (day out of days) payments schedules.
Strong administrative skills and experience in extras’ paperwork.
Attention to detail in ensuring extras are consistent with script and director’s requirements.
There is no usual career path to Extras Coordinator, often they would have started in the AD department as a trainee. A qualification in Film Studies can be useful, although experience as trainee is also important.Art Direction Extras Coordinator