I had been preparing for this for a year. I found out last year a little too late when the shooting in Dubrovnik, but this year when I found out the locations would also include my hometown and two other towns nearby, I took my brother and a friend with me to try out.
What happens is they give you an application to fill out, take your picture and send you on your way after they tell you if you’re chosen they will call you.
I practically gave up on them calling me because a lot of time passed after casting and when they called me.
I was called and they told me I will play one of the slaves – if you watched this show you know there are a lot of slaves.
Nobody was happier than me knowing this will be a great experience. Having signed the secrecy contract, I can’t divulge any information when it comes to the plot, but I can assure you that you may see me in the show if you watch it carefully.
Klis is an old Croatian city of kings. It is best known for the tower it holds that defended city of Split throughout centuries. During the Turkish invasion of Europe it was the last line of defense, which Turkish soldiers weren’t able to conquer. Local writer Marko Marulic took story from Catholic version of the Bible from Judith and created his own addaptation using Klis as the center of the plot and a Croatian widow to trick the Turkish general and slay him. For his work, which is the first Croatian Novel he is considered father of Croatian literature. The work is called Judita.
The weather on Klis during the past few days was very cold in the morning and evenings, and we had to use blankets to keep away from the cold wind called Bura. During the day sun was shining and my skin turned red the first day.
The second day I found out that due to the my skin being so red, I will have hard time keeping make-up on because red skin rejects make-up. This, I think got me in a little trouble with the make-up ladies, but they made sure I got a lot of sunscreen those last two days.
Another thing that kinda surprised me is that if you are over 190 centimeters tall, you will not be accepted as an extra because you won’t fit in the costume. This is what I was told when I asked how come my brother didn’t get cast since we were the first ones to come to casting and he is really well built.
The filming process is not like anything you would see in a movie or a cartoon. Each scene can be taped a few hundred times. It all depends on the shot, on the people laughing, and other things that may not result in the best quality of the scene shot or just so they have more shots to edit or put together in editing.
The process, I experienced, went like this:
1. Get in the position. If you have a prop you need to hold on to – do it. Be prepared. Stop laughing or talking and focus.
2. Camera rolling. Camera is rolling and taking a shot of the scene. It can happen during this period that “Cut” is called out and the whole scene being shot from the beginning if something isn’t right (like the position of certain characters for example).
3. Background action. Everybody in the background starts doing what they were assigned to do so that main actors can do their thing.
4. Mimicking. If there is dialogue going on with the main actors, extras doing background action will be required to just mimick doing what they were assigned to do. Complete silence is necessary or else we will be shooting the whole scene again.
5. Cut. Stop the action. Stop what you’re doing and either get back to the starting position or the scene is great.
That is only a glimpse of my experience and I hope you enjoyed this little look behind the scenes. Again, I can’t divulge more information, but stay tuned for the season 4 of Game of Thrones this spring (I guess) and get a glimpse of the beauty of Croatia as seen in Diocletian Palace, old quarry in Zrnovnica, Klis, and Baska Voda.