The Lowdown on Background
Hi Minnie and Mosque-witzes,
(Okay, even I admit the bad play-on-words are getting to be a little too obscure--"Fans of 70s independent American cinema will find this hilarious," said the sad little blogger to himself, delusionally.)
Anyways, to the topic at hand! Like most shows, we use a lot of extras, or "background performers" as they are more politely and rightly called. They are the folks wandering down the streets of Mercy. They are the ones at the mosque who aren't cracking jokes. They are the ones in Fatima's diner who are always talking but mysteriously can't be heard. The background performers might not always seem to be doing a whole lot--but what they are doing is harder than it looks, and it can mean the difference between a vibrant scene and a dead one.
We don't necessarily get to know all of them as well as we might like to, but once in a while we are reminded that, yes, they ARE people too! Case in point, I recently saw Arlene Duncan relaxing between scenes, and someone was furiously working away on paper.
This is the other JJ on Mosque-- Jenny Jamie Ferenczi, a graphic and web designer. When not pretend-drinking from an empty coffee at Fatima's during a scene, she was hanging around the loading bay drawing portraits. She sent me a couple of her drawing from that day, and I thought I'd share them here.
Great work Jenny, and all the rest of our unknown soldiers in the war for light entertainment! You know who you are!