By: Kaylee Farr
PHOTO GALLERY: MR. NOVAK WITH HIS CLASS OUTSIDE LAUNCHING ROCKETS
Being an extra in a movie comes with responsibility. Actors, no matter how big or small their role in the production is, must be in the right doing the right thing for extended periods of time.
Anthony Novak,Newnan High School science teacher, knows all about the daily grind of an actor from his work as an extra for the movie “Mother’s Day.”
There is an enormous film industry in Fayetteville and Senoia, Georgia, and Mr. Novak and his family have taken advantage of it.
“When my daughter was born, my family knew a photographer, and he said that ‘the camera eats her up.’ It’s easier going into the movie industry with somebody who knew connections,” he explained. Ironically, Mr. Novak’s daughter gets more spotlight in the film than him.
Even though acting makes strong demands on your time, Mr. Novak explained how unreliable the schedules can be.
“Filming one scene for us takes about twelve hours. We get on set in North Atlanta at 6:30 in the morning and we left at about 5:30 at night. ‘Hurry up and wait.’ I was waiting for six hours to get fifteen minutes of film,” he said.
When it comes to being an extra, Mr. Novak gave some insight on the process.
“It was not very hard work. I was just sitting at a middle school talent show and/or parent night. It’s fun, but odd. I was sitting in the back nonchalantly in another day of life.”
Mr. Novak also explained how different it was to have his daughter act and himself work as an extra.
“The first movie my daughter was in was ‘Ant Man.’ She played a more prominent role, and we were better taken care of,” he noted. “Being an extra you get less attention. It was as if we took a step down.”
Being an extra, just like anything else, has its pros and cons.
“The best thing is seeing how movie magic is done. I view ten seconds of a movie in a different way. The worst thing is you cannot rely on a schedule. I had to get up at three in the morning to get to the studio by 6:30 A.M. There is no easy schedule,” Mr. Novak stated.
While Mr. Novak was working as an extra on the set, he had a chance to meet the director of “Mother’s Day,” Garry Marshall. He also met fellow “Mother’s Day” actresses Jennifer Aniston from “Friends” and Shay Mitchell from “Pretty Little Liars.”
Mr. Novak likes being an extra for a day but prefers a normal routine. “Mother’s Day” is set to release domestically on April 29, 2016, so keep an eye out for Mr. Novak’s cameo at some point in the movie.