Gypsy83 Call for Extras
What a day yesterday! I went downtown dressed in my Stevie garb to be an extra in Gypsy83, the movie about a girl obsessed with Stevie Nicks, that was shooting in the West Village. I was there for 16 hours, from noon till 4 in the morning! I went down there with a friend, only to find out that the shooting was pushed back until 2. No matter, we wandered around and came back for the shoot. While they were setting up camera shots, they had all the extras wait in the bar on the corner, which was nice because it was air conditioned in there and it got us out of the HOT sun. It was great to meet so many Stevie fans! Mostly all the people there for the shoot were fans and NOT actors, so everyone was a genuine fan of Stevies who wanted to be a part of the movie. There were all different sorts of costumes and they all looked great. Some people were dressed as club kids or goths, which made the crowd an interesting mix. We shot the first scene, which we were all waiting for the hostess of the "Night of a Thousand Stevies" event to come out, so we stood there cheering and clapping, and then later on we filmed dance scenes and more crowd scenes. The camera whirled around a little and we jumped around dancing with everyone in the shot. They played some techno music and we did Stevie twirls to the beat in our skirts and shawls. I don't want to give too much away so I don't ruin the movie for you. There were Stevie fans of all ages who showed up. The inside of the club was decorated with lace, doves, streamers, pics of people dressed as Stevie, and velvet hanging everywhere. Almost every Stevie fan there knew each other from either mailing lists, chat rooms, message boards ect. I couldn't believe how many people I knew and also how many knew who I was. I met Bear, who did the costumes for the movie, she is such a sweetheart! I also met up with a fellow Stevie fans, Jan and Peter who I knew from mailings lists also. What is also cool is that most of the fans there are going to the concert in Arizona so me and my friends will get to meet up with them there. Everyone working on the film was really nice. It was a great experience, despite my exhaustion by 4 am! I am glad to have been a part of it. ;-)
The first day at the set (Sunday) was fun, meeting Kitty and Todd, both whom I had spoken to but never actually met. My friend Susan (Gypsy63) also met me there and we made a whole day of it, along with the other friends old and new that came that day as well. Shooting that day was interesting! We did a stand in work first thing while they set up the lighting and camera to film. Then they started the actual shooting where we did a lot of shots inside the bar. We had to have conversations with our friends without actually having sounds come out of our mouths! It felt a little ridiculous, but it was fun! I wore a black chiffon Rhiannon outfit like Stevie's from the 70's but I added silver glitter all over it for sparkle. I met Sara and Kett who were both very sweet, and it was such a thrill to see Sara all day wearing an entire outfit that I had made (skirt, top, leg warmers and my old white platform boots)! I also saw several other of the cast/crew wearing various things that I had sent up, along with things that Susan had sent in as well including jewelry. I was there from 9:45 until 5:00 when we broke for dinner, then back at 8:30 until 1:00am where we shot scenes in front of Mother, where the real Night Of A Thousand Stevie's was held. The second day at the set (Tuesday) was fun but also very long and tiring. I got in around 2:00pm and did some stand-in work before they started shooting. During this I was asked if I would like to be one of the performers and I said no because I was too nervous to do it. After about five minutes I changed my mind, knowing that I would always regret it if I didn't at least try! I had to stand on stage by myself while they played "Nightbird", twirl up to the microphone and lip-sync the first line, and twirl away from the microphone. Karen Black came in with Access Hollywood while I was practicing which made me even more nervous! When I was done I was so proud of myself for actually doing it, at least I won't always regret not trying! We did a lot of crowd shots while Sara was singing. Sara was really amazing, she had been working hard on her song for a few days and during filming her fingers started to bleed. She used scotch tape on them so she could keep playing! She has an AMAZING voice, I can't wait to hear her when the movie finally comes out! We shot until around 4:00-4:30 until we were finally finished. I was sad to see it end, it was an amazing experience!