Draw Me In
is comic fan Jeff's quest to be a background extra in various comic series - perhaps as ubiquitous as the mystery hipster cops?
The original recordings of Ray Ellis
' background music for Filmation Studios
were recently destroyed
, but enthusiasts
carefully isolate and preserve the scores from broadcast cartoons. These archetypal cues were originally composed for Star Trek: The Animated Series
, and used in subsequent series for over a decade: "Tension Mounts
", "Danger Approaching (Variation)
", "Action Cue 03
For any who lament not being able to visit the Toonseum's Art Of Akira exhibit (previously
), there is a good-sized Flickr set of cells and backgrounds available to explore
- Only someone familiar with the original memes would sense something's amiss, like the set of a play waiting for the actors to stumble into history.
Tiled Background Designer
is just a small, useful tool to create patterns. Experiment with pictures, colors, textures and transparency to get best result.
Think your job is bad? Film extras (or 'background' as they're commonly referred to) just stand around waiting all day, have to bring their own wardrobe, and must always obey the unspoken rule of not chatting up the real talent. It's the job that's pretty much 'about nothing',
with no guarantees, no glamour, no money.
Yet, with that said, there are already many who do it, and more trying to break in
every day. Are movie extras merely suckers for punishment, or are they hoping to find fame and fortune