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July 22 2010

I was a stand-in on Firefly. Danny Nero talks to Titan Books about what it was like working on the show and what the very last day of filming was like. And if you buy Firefly: Still Flying at the Titan Books booth at Comic-Con, you get a free replica bill of the currency used in the show (while stocks last).

Some cool photos in there (I like the one with Summer sitting next to him, going by her expression i'd speculate she's thinking "... Too much hair" ;).

Stand-in strikes me as one of the odder jobs in Hollywoodland, i'm sure there're details i'm not privy too but broadly speaking, you're literally being paid to stand around and do nothing. I'd say it's better than standing around on a street corner except, y'know, it isn't ;).
Well, Saje, I think the pay is a lot better than standing around on a street corner. And also I think as a stand in, you can sit when you're not actually standing in, whereas on a street corner there's usually not so much in the way of comfort.

I was an artists' model for a long time and it strikes me as not all that much different. Being able to stand or sit for long periods of time without moving, in not necessarily comfortable positions. Only with y'know the whole clothes thing.
It is an unusual job. I occasionally do work as a stand-in for still photography fashion stuff which is almost identical: You're there for framing and lighting balance purposes and that's about it. It is an awesome job, and very entertaining too! (There's nothing funnier than when you come across a photo from an add campaign of a highly attractive model or a celebrity portrait and realize that it's something you stood in for - especially when you are not their gender.) ;)
I can imagine the perfect CV for that job "Can stand and am also able to have light fall on me for extended periods. Special Skills: One foot (either)" ;).

Being able to stand or sit for long periods of time without moving, in not necessarily comfortable positions.

True barboo, there's an art to just "being". Not big on the sitting still without doing something myself (not indoors anyway), I could be an artist's model except every single drawing would have to be "Man with Book" (or for the more avant garde, "Man with Handheld Games Console" ;).
Actually, regular stand-ins have to be able to mimic "their" actors' movements, as when scenes have to be blocked, the stand-ins often walk the scene and gesture (to make sure a pointing arm, for instance, doesn't veer off into blackness). If lights have to come on in a particular sequence, the stand-ins may even have to be able to mimic the speed of "their" actors' walks. So there is a skill to it. (And I say this as someone who has never done any stand-in work.)
That Firefly bill, is it exclusive to the show or a ordinary collectible available elsewhere?
Simon I don't mean to make any sort of spectacle but there's no way to private message on this site. I just am curious so I don't make the mistake again: we only post work related stuff here? Because I remember Nicholas Brendon's run in with the law was covered pretty thoroughly here. So I just want to know where the line is so I don't keep making wrong posts.
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Ok it's too much work to email, I'll just accept it was deleted and move on. lol
I would think that being an artist's model would be harder than being a stand-in. An artist's model can't/shouldn't fidget. It is soooo unbelievably frustrating as an artist to be attempting to lay down the shadows or draw a complicated finger interlacing and have the model move and change everything. (Both of which happened to me last night. *growl* I won't get into the nodding off. /rant) I don't think fidgeting or the shuffling of feet is an issue for stand-ins.

I also want a thinking artist's model myself. I want a model who is aware of their surroundings and the light source and can rotate on their own so that I have the opportunity to draw multiple views. I want a model who is aware of what makes for an interesting and challenging picture and bends and twists on their own. The addition of props in a long pose is optional, but the flipping of pages or furious finger action with a game console could be a problem.

The ability to think in a stand-in is probably not very important-- not like the ability to follow directions would be anyways. (After all, a stand-in is not a creative contributor.) Other than owning a couple of pairs of really comfortable shoes, I would think a prime qualification would be the ability to not get bored. Perhaps it allows one a lot of time to contemplate the mysteries of the universe or work on that darn pesky world peace issue?

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