Photo: “WTF↓”

By | 2016-03-30T22:17:19+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Concepts, Humor, Photo Series, Stories|0 Comments

An anonymous stand-in passed along this challenging arrangement of marks for her actor in a scene. It included some added “color commentary.”

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"WTF↓" (Photo by anonymous stand-in)

“WTF↓” (Photo by anonymous stand-in)

This is a shot taken by an anonymous stand-in of the floor after a recent marking rehearsal. The marks denote three positions her actor had in one scene. The added comment “WTF↓” expresses shock about the confusing marks for her actor.

To remedy such problems, after laying marks camera assistants will sometimes add numbers to clarify the sequences of positions the actor took in the scene. So, in the middle of the T, the camera assistant may write “1,” “2,” or “3” to make it clearer which is the first mark, second mark, and third mark.

Actor Jonny Lee Miller encountered the marks on the set of Elementary and was amused enough to take his own photo of the marks, which he posted on Instagram.

See other photos from our Stand-In Central Photo Series

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About the Author:

Ben Hauck (Editor, Stand-In Central) has stood in on a number of projects shot in the NYC area. In addition to day-playing, he has stood in on major projects for John Oliver (Last Week Tonight), Jason Bateman (The Longest Week, Disconnect, and The Switch), Jason Sudeikis (Sleeping with Other People), Seth Rogen (The Night Before), and Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie and American Odyssey). Ben is an actor and improviser, author of the 2012 book Long-Form Improv (Allworth Press), and host of The Acting Income Podcast.

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