Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Hobbit Extras Casting Officially Begins

The Noldor Blog is reporting that The Hobbit is officially accepting applications for people to join the cast of the two Hobbit films but only as extras. This is not casting for principle roles in the film. A movie extra is essentially a glorified movie prop not much different than the furniture on a set (and treated about the same). If you see this as a way to fame and fortune, look elsewhere. In other words, don't quit your day job after applying. Also, applying is not as simple as sending an email with a headshot but has a few requirements (see below) including using good old fashion snail mail. Stipulations are supplied for a reason, to save yourself and those on the production time. Getting "creative" and ignoring the requirements just means they will ignore your application.

The stipulations:
1) Must have a New Zealand Tax number. You will only have one if a citizen of the country or have a work visa. If you don't have one, don't bother applying.
2) Applications will only be accepted via mail, not email nor fax.
3) Need at least 4 clear photographs. Two of head (straight on and profile) and two of full body (clothed of course, straight on and profile).
4) A return address and contact information. They need to be able to tell you if you are in the running for a role and send a more formal application to get additional information that may be required (skills, sizes, etc).
5) This is a general extra casting process. That means they decide the role for you rather then you deciding the role you want. You may think you’re a perfect elf, but they could decide you’re a perfect dwarf.

If you are ok with the stipulations, the address is below to apply. Assume if don't hear from them (could take months) that means they are not interested as likely going to get thousands of applications from most of the residents of New Zealand and elsewhere around the world.

Hobbit Extras Application
3 Foot 7 Limited
PO Box 15104
Wellington 6243

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