Casting organized an open casting call on June
11 and 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, as they were
looking for people to play extras in a chase scene
for Indiana Jones 4.This particular scene will
be filmed on the streets & Yale campus of
New Haven from June 28th to July 7.
Here follows a collection of accounts
from people who answered the open casting call:
Well, the day I had been waiting
for was finally here! Indiana Jones IV's chase
scene in my hometown of New Haven - and the call
for extras would begin at 1:00pm. But knowing
the devotion that fans of Spielberg/Lucas/Ford
films have shown in the past - I headed out early
and was ready to wait for hours.
Armed with my iPod, magazines (especially
this week's Entertainment Weekly, with my "Obsessive
Fan of the Week" article) I was ready for
my chance to be part of the magic of the movies.
I arrived there at the casting call
line - it had a red carpet and was outside the
hotel on Crown Street at 8:10 am, and found that
I was number 7 in line. There were folks from
New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and some
locals - but for once I felt good about being
40 - I was the oldest there.
Before 5 minutes passed the door opened, and all
of us were taking to a room and filled out our
information on forms for something called "GENURE
productions" contact, measurements, and if
we had a dog, could play football and would get
50's style haircut - I was ecstatic - especially
the fact that I did have a Golden Retriever -
named Indiana, of course.
After that it was a quick photo,
and a brief meeting with the casting people and
that was it.
I was out by 8:40am!
Now, a friend of mine who went down
at 1:00 - the time it was listed at starting said
the line was stretching around the block and down
the street. There were local news cameras covering
it all - and reporters talking with fans looking
to play a part as an extra. Though I had a short
wait - I wish that I did get a chance to speak
with other fans - and turn it into a small gathering
of fans of everyone's favorite archeologist -
but I can't complain - the folks there were courteous
and totally professional - and really accommodating
so we didn't have to wait outside for 5 hours
until the door opened - so a word of thanks to
Here's hoping that I get a call
saying I have found a way to be part of the background
extra - heck, I even told the folks that since
I am currently looking for a new position as a
marketing director - I could be around to tell
them where the great local restaurants are - and
where to get the best Pizza in the world - heck
I could even go and get coffee!
Jeff from Massachusetts:
I drove in from Massachusetts (90
minute ride). When we got there at 11:45 we got
right in and there were about 80 or so people
already there. When we left at 2:00 after getting
our pictures taken and going over info, we went
outside to see a GIGANTIC line of people wrapping
around 3 blocks!!! I could not believe my eyes!
Hundreds and hundreds of people! There is no way
that many of them are going to get through that
line by 9:00. Anyway, I'm so glad to see such
a HUMONGOUS turn out for Indy!
I attended the Indiana Jones Open
Call in New Haven today. Heard about it through
this site and I'm trying to get my foot into the
acting door and this just looks fun plus the fact
I am a HUGE Indiana Jones fan. E around 11:15
and there were like 15 people in line My friend
and I got there around 11:15 and waited until
we got into the Omni Hotel. We walked into a room
where a woman handed us a pen and a yellow paper.
The paper was pretty basic. Name, address, number.
Then two sections, one for men and one for woman.
Men section was asking if you played football
and at what level, clothing sizes, and if you
would cut your hair very short. The woman section
asked if you had any cheerleading expierence.
Another question was do you have a dog? Lastly
they put that dates of production and you were
asked to check which you could do and that was
it! It was pretty basic as far as extras casting
goes but I thought I would share with you the
expierence. Also, after we were done we went to
get food and we circled back around to see the
line....it was extremly long and there we so many
different types of people it was just a site to
see, I should have taken pictures.
I went to the auditions for Indiana
Jones 4 on Monday, June 11th. I arrived there
early in the morning. I knew I was taking a chance
because the official auditions didnt begin until
1pm. Luckily, they had already opened they're
doors. The process was quick and easy. We came
in and filled out our paperwork, took a picture,
and had the honor of meeting Billy Dowd himself.
He was such a pleasure to talk to and very helpful.
He let all of us know that he will be contacting
us next week and confirmed our availability. I
was out in under an hour and only had to shell
out $4.00 for parking. The Omni Hotel staff were
awesome too and I am eagerly awaiting the call
to see if I may be one of the luck ones casted.
When I first heard about the extras
casting call with Billy Dowd Casting Agency for
The Fourth Installment of Indiana Jones, my jaw
dropped and my mind began to race. “New
Haven, Connecticut - that’s not so far away,”
I told myself. “What’s five-hundred
miles? Indiana Jones is my childhood hero, I’d
walk five hundred miles and then five hundred
more.” Within a matter of minutes though,
my rollercoaster of emotions took a sharp plunge
as I started to come to my senses. How could I
get off work? With all of my expenses, could I
really afford a trip like this anyway? How is
my Ford Ranger with 192,131 miles on it going
to get me all the way from the complete Western
side of Pennsylvania to Connecticut? I sighed
and decided I should spend a few days thinking
about it. Of course, a week later I would be on
I-80 traveling those five-hundred miles attempting
to make one of my wildest dreams come true, but
at that particular moment, I wasn’t so sure
that was going to happen.
Those few days that I spent thinking
about it, I more or less convinced myself that
it wasn’t going to work out. Sure, I thought,
I could probably do it… but what’s
the point? What are the chances I’ll get
picked anyway? Within a few hours though, I got
a call from my brother Andy (if there is anybody
I know as unhealthily obsessed with Indiana Jones
and Harrison Ford, it’s him) who had also
read about the casting call online. Being a teacher
in the “real world” of North Carolina,
he knew he wasn’t going to be able to go
with school still in session. Needless to say,
he wasn’t too happy to hear that I wasn’t
100% set on going yet. “Once in a lifetime,
brother,” he reminded me. “It’s
now or never, there isn’t going to be an
Indiana Jones 5.” I told him there was a
50% chance I’d go for it and I was thinking
You can read Jonathan Burdick's
full casting call experience online