By Orla Hearns
If you’re planning on attending the open casting for extras in the new Jamie Dornan movie, “Wild Mountain Thyme”, be prepared for a long wait.
Spiddal-based company, West Coast Casting, will be co-ordinating the event which takes place in Ballina Arts Centre from 10am until 4pm this Saturday, September 14.
Company owner, Mairead Campbell, says she has been inundated with inquiries ever since notice of the open casting was published on Friday, September 6 last.
The producers are looking for adults of all ages and a small number of children to feature as extras in various scenes in the film which will be shot on location in Crossmolina and Ballina between the end of this month and November.
Mairead told the Western People that, while she is determined to prioritise local applicants for the extra roles, she has been inundated with hundreds of phone calls and emails from aspiring candidates from as far away as Russia and Malaysia – all eager for an opportunity to film on set with Hollywood icons like Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken.
While applications are being accepted by email from those unable to attend on the day, Mairead says it is always best to attend open castings in person.
She admits that she is braced for huge crowds next Saturday and is urging people – especially those with children – to come early.
While there may well be a queue, Mairead anticipates that the process will be fast-moving as applicants are only required to fill in a form and have their photograph taken.
She advises people to know their height and costume size and to include any other information of relevance about yourself such as skills or talents on the form.
“You will not be asked to do anything or audition on the day. Applicants will only be with me for a few minutes. Just come looking as natural and fresh-faced as you can,” Mairead explained, adding that the production will feature scenes in both Ireland and New York so there is no specific look required.
She continued that extras will be needed on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the shoot so applicants should not be disappointed if they do not hear back immediately.
“Extras might be required for one full day or a day or two depending on what scene they are cast in. It’s important that applicants have good availability as when they are out filming with us it involves long hours. You must be available all day during weekdays – there is no weekend work.”