Friday, April 20, 2007

Principal vs. Principle

When you're talking about your role in a project or the onset of filming your project, you mean "principal," as that's the only option that can *be* an adjective, and that's what you're listing on a resumé in the billing column: the type of role (principal, supporting, featured; recurring, guest-star, co-star); or in your blurb about starting the main part of your work

(from Bonnie Gillespie).

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this posted by David August at 4:28 PM 

comments: When I was doing production assistant work on an indie (and dealing with contracts, talent, etc.) that there was no such thing as a "featured extra" in the film industry and that actors too often use it as filler on their resumes when anyone on the other side of the camera knows better.

Agree? I took all extra work off my resume when I was told that.

-m.

# posted by Blogger M : 11:38 AM  

Well, featured extra may not be a job classification, but it is a reality of the production world. If you have a non-speaking role that is clearly identifiable and interacts with the principal actors, then you ARE a featured background. Having such a role will cause you work day to be short, because you will not be used for any other roles in the movie at all. I know because this happened to me on "Hail Caesar" by the Cohen Brothers and recently on the independent film "The Glass Jaw" .

# posted by Blogger atwaterpub : 9:22 AM  

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