Saturday, June 1, 2013


Hello and welcome to all our new Raleigh Background players!  We look forward to meeting and working with you.  Some of you may have done this with us before.  If so please indulge me while I spell everything out for those that have not.

This blog is for Background Player costume information only.  There will be no information about call times or locations on this blog; that will come from another department.  You will receive direction on the types of clothing to bring, what season we are working in for our story, the color palette that we would like to see, what level of dress or casual, and any other pertinent info regarding your costumes as Background Players.  This allows us to speak directly to you and not go through Extras Casting, thereby insuring that you are getting the exact message that we want you to have.  We want you to look great and we know that you want the same.  This blog helps that happen by making sure that you are bringing just what we need and you can then be front and center with confidence.

You may read the blog and think "I'm not sure I have what they want!"
Please just go to your closet and pack what you have that is the closest match to what the blog describes.  We would rather you bring something, even if you are not sure, than nothing at all.  We can then add to your things, if necessary, to make it work.  More often than not when folks have shown up with what they think is not the "right thing," we have been able to make it work and make it look good.

One final thing... you should always come dressed in your first, best choice of the look described.  This helps us with time in the mornings.We will be choosing all of your looks in the morning.  DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES IN THE CAR!  Please bring all of your options for the day with you when you check in in the morning.  You should always bring at least three options of the looks described; one that you are wearing and at least two others.

On Monday we will be shooting 2 screen days.  Please bring enough options of the described clothing so that we may make choices for 2 different looks.  The time of the year in our story is Spring.


Suits:  Dark (navy, grey, black) can have subtle pinstriping or plaids.  Conservative.  Nothing too bold.
Shirts:  Long sleeve dress shirts in white and cream, pale blue or grey, dress shirts with subtle stripes or check are ok as long as they are not too bold.
Belts and Dress Shoes:  Dark leathers that work with your clothing options.
Ties:  Conservative ties.  Can have color but nothing to bright.  Stripes, paisley, dots, etc, Best to bring several options.

Suits:  Both skirt and pant suits and blazers in dark colors. Conservative, Office/business appropriate
Blouses:  Conservative blouses, shirts and shells in neurtal and pale colors.  Office/business appropriate
Accessories:  Jewelry should be conservative and small to medium.  No "statement" pieces.  Scarf options would be good if you have them.  These too should be conservative and not too bright and feel appropriate for the work place.  Purses/briefcases should be conservative and dark.
Shoes:  Dark conservative, closed toe shoes that are business appropriate.  No crazy heel heights or sparkly, strappy things please.  Even a simple black flat is more appropriate than overly dressy shoes.

Should wear and bring options of navy or dark blazers, khaki pants or skirts that are business appropriate (no cargo pants, please), and a full navy suit if you have both top and bottoms.

White long sleeve button front dress shirts/blouses.

College prep style ties.  Please bring choices.  Nothing too bright.  Red, white and blue options would also be good to include   Females could bring ribbon or scarves to wear as a neck tie options.  

Black or brown dress shoes and dark socks for the guys.  Black or brown plain flats or low heels for the gals.  Nude hose if you want to wear them, but not tights or socks.

You will be given a uniform by the Costume Department.  You should bring with you a white, short sleeve crew neck undershirt.  If you have solid black ankle boots or sneakers, bring them.  Also please bring black socks.

Please remember that we are shooting 2 screen days and will need 2 different looks.
Thanks in advance for all the great things that I am sure you will bring.  We look forward to our time in Raleigh and we will..... see you on the set!

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