Doodling on the Movie Set

Much doodling was done during the monkey mayhem

Did I mention I do extra work on the side?

Writing and illustrating can be such a lonely business at times. I’ve worried that if I didn’t get out once in a while, I’d end up talking to an old volleyball or something. Extra work seems to fit the bill for getting me out of the house and the nice part is that I can choose my days. If you like sci-fi, I have probably been on a TV show you’ve seen recently. Vancouver, BC seems to be the capital of sci-fi TV shows of late. This is thanks, in part, to the ol’ X-files (of which I am a fan). Some of the current shows where you could catch a blur of me in the background are Fringe, V, Secret Circle, Hellcats, Life Unexpected, and Stargate. I am usually an executive-type passerby, a scientist, a mom, and an FBI cop (several times and once with a gun!). I’m in a Campbell’s Soup commercial which I’ve never seen (let me know if you ever see me!). I’m also in several movies including The Big Year,  Spooky Buddies, 50/50, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and a few I can’t remember at the moment.
     While being on the set is somewhat exciting (ok, it’s actually rarely exciting except if they get you to do something fun like scream your head off or act hypnotized), it’s the long-long waits in the Extras tent that I enjoy most. For one thing, it gives me the opportunity to yak my head off to the poor soul next to me all day. I can also indulge in huge amounts of reading time. But the thing I love the most of all, is whipping out my sketchbook and doodling my head off. These uninterrupted hours of doodling have served me well, as evidenced by lovely cartoon (look at the top of this page!) of the kids hanging onto the yellow banner. I did this sketch over the course of a couple long days on the set of The Rise of the Apes. I had a lot of looky-loos peeking over my shoulder to ask me about my drawing. This is always a good ploy to draw fellow extras in for a nice chat. Some of my nicest Facebook buds are folks I’ve met while doing extra work. Many are very talented actors hoping for the big break, but there’s a whole whack of them, like me, who have other stuff on the go. I’ve met other visual artists, fashion designers, singers, and a master knitter (he loves long waits in the Extras tent!) A couple of the sketches I’ve worked on, while on set, include the illustrations you see below.
     By the way, I am the second monkey (I was CGI-ed) from the left, on the second level glass balcony, in the ‘scary discovery’ atrium scene in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Poor Grace is no expert on broom riding!

About Theresa

Theresa is an art teacher, freelance illustrator, painter, aspiring kids author, and a fledgling tap-dancer. She is the wife of a nice fella who cooks wonderful food for her and the mom of two young adults, a dog, and a cat.
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