WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- As filming of "The Longest Ride" continues in Winston-Salem, the production continues to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars a day into our local economy. However, the crew now says that local organizations could be direct beneficiaries.
About 500 extras showed up to Winston-Salem's Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Wednesday, as bull riding scenes were being filmed for the movie. On Friday and Saturday, the crew says, they need those numbers to be closer to 2,000.
The extras we spoke to seemed to be having a good time on set.
"It took me a while to realize there were actual live animals here. And then when I realized it, and they were like right next to me, I was like 'whoa,’" said Alex Muller, of Winston-Salem. "I was just blown away; I couldn't believe all of the production that's going into this. It's pretty impressive."
The crew says they're giving away numerous prizes to extras. Those prizes include, but are not limited to, a four-wheeler, dirt bikes, a jon boat, Panthers tickets, televisions, Apple gear and multiple gift certificates. But for organizations, they say, compensation is guaranteed.
"The production's paying $10 a head, per person, sent by an organization," said Marty Siu, extras casting director for the film.
For example, if you're a member of a church and you get 100 people from your church to come out, the production will cut the church a check for $1,000.
For Kimberly Hume, of Drama Kids of the Triad, that means the children they serve could get some unprecedented opportunities.
"We have a lot of underprivileged students, low income schools, with students that don't have the opportunity to take advantage of a theatre arts program," said Hume. "That would really help us to expand those opportunities to those students."
To be an extra, send an email to extrasTLR2@gmail.com. Title the email "Volunteer," and mention how many people you plan to bring. You're encouraged to wear western gear without any large logos.
You can also get information on Siu's Facebook page, Marty Siu Casting.