I recognise a few faces from other videos too, which briefly throws me. I don’t get all that star struck with your run-of-the-mill celebs but as many Vloggers have talked about, you have a weird relationship with the people you let into your room via your laptop screen.
All this leads to a strange atmosphere at first, but we all make some bad jokes and one or two people laugh and suddenly it’s time to film. The first shot sees Mrs Johnson (I love it!), the horse-human hybrid featured at the end of a few TomSka sketches, standing at the bar being approached by Dan (Daniel J Layton). In the background, extras were needed. My moment had arrived.
In the background, extras were needed. My moment had arrived.
It’s likely to be a fairly brief and soft focus moment, I’m told, but the best was yet to come. Beer had to be grabbed elsewhere and brought to the pub since its licensing laws meant we were drink-less, but in all honesty we all found ten in the morning a little too early to start drinking.
Even the smell of booze at that time was extremely off putting, but I was doing my best to be cool and professional. I waited for the camera to roll, looked left and looked right (improvised, just saying – available for future shoots), and suddenly.. pineapples. No, suddenly it was over, and on to the next scene which, as I had figuratively blown my load by volunteering for the first, I couldn’t be in.
Without giving too much of the plot away, a scene in a toilet cubicle and a dance sequence (Yes, I ‘danced’ apparently) followed and just as quickly as my career as a comedy sketch extra had started, it was over.
Tom went from being Mrs Johnson back to being Tom again, which was a far less revealing outfit for him and much easier to stare at without worrying where to look. We then had about an hour before the team had to move on to another filming location, so we sat and chatted and, despite the hero worship YouTube celebs are subject to, everyone was down to earth and lovely. On that note, I’d like to thank everyone who was there for being so welcoming to me (as they were to everyone) and I hope that the good atmosphere comes across in the final video.
This whole experience made me wonder if I’ll get another chance to do something like this and one day, if I don’t push my luck, maybe I’ll even have some lines.