Background extras always interest me: it’s the necessity of their invisibility that I relate to because I always found the dynamic similar to editing. With editing, shots are arranged to support the progression of the story so that the editing technique doesn’t call attention to itself. The goal of editing – and being an extra – is to render yourself invisible and unobtrusive. The only time you notice is when it’s out of context.
That’s one of the reasons why I love this collection of stylized and out-of-context photos of Miranda July posed as background extras from classic films for Vice Magazine.
And speaking of invisibility, did you know that a women behind the camera is directly associated to a higher number of female characters on screen? The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival began this week and of the 22 films in competition, none of them are directed by a woman. Sign the petition here.