“Only in Hollywood would the title “Best Boy” be given to an experienced and highly skilled technician.”
-Someone who’s name I can’t recall. Terry Pratchett, maybe?
There’s a common title in Hollywood that I’ve always disliked. (Well, there’s two; I’ve already complained about “talent.”)
“Extras.” It’s so demeaning. They’re already getting paid less than PAs to basically be set dressing. They’re forced to sit in holding pens like animals. Their job is mind-numbingly dull, and pretty much everyone on the crew assumes they’re morons, or thieves, or both. (They often are, but that’s beside the point.)
Do we have to call them “extra,” too? At a certain point, an AD told me not to call them “extras” at all, but rather “background actors.” That seems more fair, to me. At least it’s acknowledging that they do something.
Some might say this is pretentious, elevating their position to “acting.” But then again, I don’t really consider acting to be that impressive, so I’m okay with that. 🙂