Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Transformers 3 Extras Casting via Craiglist? (Updated)

Update: It appears the Craigslist ads are not real, at least not affiliated with Dreamworks or Transformers 3. Prompted by user in comments, I called the number and reached an operator who read from a script, tried to get contact information and directed me to sign up to ActorsOnSet.com website for a "one time fee" of $98.90. If you have to pay someone to find you a job while they are supposedly getting paid to fill jobs, that strikes like the classic definition of a scam. Rather then pull the post or the ad below, leaving it up in case people Google the phone number and can get additional information they need to decide for themselves on what to do.

If going by the listings on LA Craigslist, it appears that Transformers 3 production has begun to look for extras for filming. No date is specified on when filming may begin. Extras are those people you see walking and talking in the background of scenes that are seen but rarely ever heard.

Here is an example ad:
It's Amazing,Spielberg is back to work again.

Release Date: July 1, 2011
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures (Paramount)
Director: Michael Bay
Screenwriter: Ehren Kruger
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Plot Summary: Bay and Spielberg are working on the plot for the next chapter in the Transformers saga due in theaters 2011

Pre Casting Starting, ***Contact Casting 1-877-464-9526*** For Background Scene work. Extras Are needed. No Experience Req. Union and Non-Union OK.

Location: Los Angeles
Compensation: $100-$300 a day
This is a part-time job.
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Phone calls about this job are ok.
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
I do not know anything about how extra casting works so no idea if using Craigslist is the norm or not. A quick Google on the provided phone number doesn't provide any clues on legitimacy one way or the other. If you are in the LA area and curious I just recommend caution. Remember the goal is to hire and pay you for your time so if they ask for money it is probably a scam.


  1. I called the number, and got through....FINALLY. They gave some line about needing to register on the site, but that I would have to go let them through their script before they could tell me how much it is to register for their site. And even then, it's not a guarantee that you get any work at all.

  2. That's a nice opportunity to people who resides in US. Oh, there is a payment to register on their site? How much is it?

  3. Yeah, I called to see what was up with that, because I KNOW you NEVER have to pay anyone to work as a Background Extra! I've been doing it for over 3 years. Not once did I have to pay. God! Just imagine those poor souls that buy into it, thinking they are going to get the chance to meet Shia, Megan or Tyrese! WOW! Can't someone STOP this! It's insane!

  4. I was an extra in Revenge of the Fallen during the Bethlehem shoot and everything was submitted by email. I saw the ad on the internet and sent a message to the casting agency (in that case it was Heery Casting). The most important thing they want to see is your photo. For background work, a professional headshot isn't usually required. However a good photograph gives them the best idea of your overall look. They may also ask for your clothing/shoe sizes and your union status. For certain roles (such as military characters) they may ask for your experience. Don't be surprised if they ask you to send your messages to a free email service. I think both the Revenge of the Fallen and the Red Dawn remake (which I also applied for) casting groups used Yahoo or G Mail accounts. If they're interested, you'll get a call back or email telling you where and when to show up (usually for costume fittings). I've never filled out any paperwork or submitted any other personal information until showing up for costume fittings. And I've never heard of anyone paying any type of fee just to register to become an extra.

  5. When would their be casting extras for Chicago, could you please let me know. My name is Jammie Hendrix, my number is 423-315-3411.

  6. Does anyone know if any filming will take place in New Mexico again? If so post and I'll take the info from there, thanks pizzabones.

  7. If anyone has any info for casting on transformers or any other feature film please let me know... I drove all the way from detroit to philly to be in transformers revenge of the fallen and didnt get in that was my first time ever trying out for an extras role thanks for anyone that can help... Jamie
    Email: jamestown3480@yahoo.com

  8. Manny,
    Hi, same here... if anyone has info for casting on transformers, please let me know as well...

    Email: gamemachine1@yahoo.com

  9. I am on the same boat, most of the companies ask you to pay and give you bogus dates. Here's my email if anyone know anything about the casting. Thanks so much..
    Email: gamemachine1@yahoo.com

  10. If Paramount stops by San Antonio, Tx. I would like to be an extra. suarez_j15@yahoo.com

  11. Transformers is in Chicago now!
    If anyone knows of any castings for extras in Chicago, please email me verniz_m@yahoo.com

  12. I am from Chicago and wanting to be in extras. Also Email me for more information sazhar2@msn.com My name is Syed Zainul Abedin


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