OPEN CASTING WEEKEND
IN CELEBRATION OF 10 YEARS OF PUTTING THE PUBLIC
ON THE BIG SCREEN!
The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July: 10am-7pm
As MovieExtras.ie celebrates ten years of putting the public on the big screen, the company is delighted to announce its Open Casting Weekend, taking place on July 13th & 14th in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel.
MTV’s Laura Whitmore began her career with MovieExtras.ie, finding out what the inside world of TV & film was all about.
So, for those who want a walk on part beside their favourite celeb or, like Laura, want to feed their curiosity about what really happens on set, MovieExtras.ie are holding this Open Casting Weekend, at which all members of the public are invited to sign up for membership, have their make-up done by MakeupFablicious.com and have a photoshoot with an award-winning photographer.
Over 550 companies and casting directors have access to the Movieextras.ie members profile and can contact them for work as an extra, model, actor or for promotional work. “Many famous stars began their career as an extra including Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck – so you never know, this could be the start of something big!” says Derek Quinn, Director and co founder of MovieExtras.ie.
Recent Irish productions who have worked with MovieExtras.ie include TRIVIA, Vexed, Asterix and Obelix, Titanic: Blood & Steel, Republic of Telly, What Richard Did, Amber and Ek Tha Tiger (where Bollywood met Dublin). MovieExtras.ie members have also starred in 100s of adverts including ads for Bank of Ireland, Heineken, AIB, An Post, Budweiser, Aldi, The Referndum Commission, Dairygold and Paddy Power. And for football enthusiasts, members were part of several idents and adverts for Euro 2012.
Currently MovieExtras.ie are working with high profile productions including Ireland’s leading soap opera Fair City, Ripper Street (starring Matthew MacFadyen), An Crises, and their members are involved with RTÉ’s Crimecall and Primetime, and Stay (starring Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling), which is being shot in the West of Ireland.
“I’m thrilled the company is celebrating 10 years in business. Our members have been involved in over 1,200 productions and adverts, and have had great stories to tell about amazing experiences and meeting some wonderful people, including lots of international stars including Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Glenn Close, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins and Kiera Knightly. It’s great that there is so much going on in the entertainment sector in Ireland these days,” continues Quinn. “There are over 40 production companies and casting directors who view over 5,000 members’ CVs every month through MovieExtras.ie.” And, as Quinn says, “Productions are looking for all kinds of people of all ages, looks, shapes and sizes – people who the general public can identify with. So our weekend is open to anyone who might be interested!”
Members have received over €8m in fees and have been involved with well over 1,000 productions including films, movies, documentaries, adverts (TV, billboard & print), theatre, soap operas, idents, photocalls and reconstructions since the company was set up 10 years ago.
All are welcome to attend the open casting weekend. The cost for an individual one year membership is €99.95 and for a special family package is €299.95 (for up to 6 members) and includes 3 professional photographs. Those who are unable to attend the Open Casting Weekend can register online at www.MovieExtras.ie.
Based in Ardmore Studios, MovieExtras.ie was founded in December 2002 by Derek Quinn and Kevin Gill and has gone from strength to strength, becoming Ireland’s leading agency that provides extras and background artists to the film, television and advertising industries. MovieExtras.ie has won various Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards and won the overall Business of the Year Award from the Wicklow County Enterprise Board in 2010.
Producers and casting directors can access the directory of over 2,000 artists for free, by registering at www.MovieExtras.ie.
MovieExtras.ie can be contacted as follows:
Derek Quinn. Phone: 01 276 9535, E-mail: Derek@MovieExtras.ie
Testimonials from Movieextras.ie Members
“MovieExtras have been great to me, I get to see behind the scenes and take part in what I love the best. Television and Movies!! Whether it be eating in the hungry pig in Carrigstown, swinging an axe in a battle scene, kneeling in front of a King, being part of a flash mob, in a rugby scrum, robbing a bank and post office or rowing a boat with a Viking Obelix costume on I’m sure anyone can have the same great experiences I’ve had. Thanks MovieExtras!” – Neal Swaine
“It is great to be part of MovieExtras and you never know what you will be on next and it’s always a good experience. It’s always good to see familiar faces like fellow extras and meet up with them again. I have met many famous people and they are always very nice and entertaining.”- John Kenny