The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. Professional Actors Union.
The number of union background performers designated for each production. It can be different for each one. Some productions may have a 10 ACTRA count, some may have a 30 ACTRA count. After the ACTRA count is met, then non-union performers are hired.
ACTRA FULL MEMBER:
A full member of the professional actors union.
An apprentice with the professional actors union.
ACTRA ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND PERFORMER (AABP):
Still get paid the non-union rate. No over time applies. Is not permitted to work on any non-union shows. AABP performers are not included in the ACTRA count.
A performer who is not part of an actors union. Also called "cash" because in the early years of the film industry, they were paid daily with paper cash at the end of the shoot day. Production now pays all performers by cheque which takes about 2-4 weeks to arrive.
AD/2ND AD/3RD AD:
Assistant Director. The people who literally run the show - identfiable by walkie in the ear and probably a thousand pens sticking out of their pockets.
Main location for crew members on a location shoot.
Designated meeting or waiting area for background performers.
A job! Once all details have been confirmed, we will say "YOU ARE BOOKED" or "BOOKING YOU" - without this, your job is not confirmed.
Email with details of a booking - not a confirmed job offer. Usually includes questions or requests clarification. Always read all details and answer all questions when replying. These are specific to each booking and only sent to performers who are appropriate. We do not sent booking requests to our entire roster. We take the time and only send them to performers who we feel fit the look that the casting director is asking for. Please reply to EVERY booking request that we send you to let us know if you ARE or ARE NOT available for the booking.
Person hired by production to cast/hire talent for the production.
Industry term for the time you start work. NEVER BE LATE.
Compensation received/paid for agents' services.
DECLARATION OF RESIDENCY:
Form you must fill out your first time on on each different production you are on. It declares you are an Ontario Resident for tax purposes.
When you book a shoot directly with production or casting without going through an agent. This is not permitted if you have an agent/representation.
The person/company who employs you/pays you. THIS IS NOT YOUR AGENT, THIS IS PRODUCTION.
Background performers - talent used to fill in and complete the background of a scene (walking by on the street, 'eating' in a restaurant, standing in line at the bank, watching a sports game, etc).
Similar to an audition - you "go" so the casting director/producer can "see you". It's basically an open casting call and an opportunity to meet the casting director in person.
Area allocated for the production.
An extra hired because of their specific resemblance to an actor.
When the casting director specifically casts you by your picture.
Transportation provided by production to get to a set or location that is outside of the designated geographical zone (generally outside of the GTA).
Silent on camera. Actor role that does not speak.
"Special Skilled Extra". Specific category of extra that's hired for a particular skill. Pays a higher rate.
A performer who's job is to 'stand-in' the place of an actor for lighting and focus purposes.
Large building used for shooting.
Legal document provided by your employer for tax purposes. Generally only one is issued by the payroll company, so it is possible that if you have more than one BG Agent, only one agent may receive one for you. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT YOUR EMPLOYER AND AS SUCH, DO NOT ISSUE THESE DOCUMENTS.
Person or persons who represent performers/talent and market them to the casting directors.
TIME REPORT SUMMARY:
When an extra is chosen to speak on camera and it becomes an 'actor' role. If this happens on set you must contact your agent IMMEDIATELY so we can arrange for a contract for you. There is a time limit for an upgrade to go through (30 days) so let us know right away if you are lucky enough to have this happen.
Time sheet that you receive when you report to work. You must sign in and out on the voucher and hand it in at the end of the shoot day. They will give you a copy as well. KEEP YOUR COPY. It is your receipt/proof that you worked.
Industry term for your costume or clothing requirements. Applies to clothing/accessories given to you or that you wear/bring yourself.
WHSA: Ontario Worker Health and Safety Certification
. Mandatory for all performers.
Documentation required by all performers who are not Canadian Citizens to prove they are legally entitled to work in Canada. Issued by the Government of Canada. You must take a copy on set with you.
"It's a wrap" or "You're wrapped" means you're finished work for the day, can sign out, and can then leave (after you have signed out).