Montreal Casting Agencies: Movie Extra Work

Casting Agencies for Montreal Background Performers

Score Movie Extra Work With These Montreal Casting Agencies

Finding casting agencies in Montreal that recruit movie extras isn't exactly rocket science. A few searches on Google and 20 minutes of your time should be enough to get anyone started.

But even that simple step can be daunting for a newbie who knows squat about the business. So I asked Noelle Hannibal, a Hollywood acting veteran who relocated to Montreal, which local casting agencies she'd recommend as a starting point for someone serious about nabbing movie extra work in town, having earned background performer roles in the Star Trek franchise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ellen.

I also sat down with the seasoned actress and stage performer to find out what background performer hopefuls should expect on set, what impact movie extra work can have on an acting career and what potential scams and red flags should be heeded.

The Montreal casting agencies listed below were Hannibal's top picks, all cross-referenced as...MORE legit and professional. I also added in resource #1 and resource #5 as choice starting points for anyone serious about the breaking it into the biz.

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    Montreal casting agencies for extra work are known by ACTRA.
    ••• Movie extras in period costumes spotted on August 17, 2005 during the filming of Dan Brown's popular novel 'The Da Vinci Code' at Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England. Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

    ACTRA is the acronym for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. It's the labour union in charge of English language performers in Canada so you can be sure that if a production is shooting in Montreal, ACTRA is in the loop.

    Check their What's Shooting web page for an instant bird's eye view of who is shooting, who is responsible for casting and when it all goes down. If you're ever confused by what an extra casting agency is requiring from you or are worried that something shifty is afoot, don't be shy to contact ACTRA and ask for a second opinion.

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    Montreal casting agencies handling movie extras include Elite Casting.
    ••• A group of extras dressed as Roman Catholic nuns hanging around on the steps of a building on March 27, 1972 during a break from the shooting of the film Bluebeard starring Raquel Welch and Richard Burton. Express Newspapers / Staff / Getty Images

    One of Montreal's best known casting agencies, Elite Casting has been around since 1983 and casts principal roles as well as extras.

    Elite Casting also offers audition workshops for actors serious about succeeding in the business.

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    Montreal casting agencies handling movie extras include Figuration Julie Breton.
    ••• Director Michael Bay filming an Airman extra on the set of 'Transformers' at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Several Airmen filled roles as movie extras. United States Airforce Handout / Getty Images

    “Figuration Julie Breton inc., established in Montreal in 1999, is a major player in Montreal specializing in the casting of extras for Canadian and international films and television series being produced in Quebec.” Figuration Julie Breton requires a $15 registration fee.

    By the way, "figurant" is the French word for background performer.

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    Montreal casting agencies hiring movie extras include Kenyon Wells.
    ••• Director Richard Attenborough, left, and his camera crew preparing to shoot a scene with actor Ben Kingsley incarnating the role of Mahatma Gandhi, and group of Indian extras on the set of the 1982 multiple Academy Award winning film Gandhi. Columbia Tristar Handout / Getty Images

    Kenyon Wells Casting doesn't specialize in movie extra casting per se, focusing more on principal roles for independent as well as big budget productions, but its team certainly has the pulse on filming opportunities in Montreal and might be able to steer a background performer in the right direction.

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    Montreal castings agencies hiring movie extras include Casting Quarters.
    ••• Extras dressed as German civilians running during a scene of the film Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise being shot on August 18, 2007 in front of the German Finance Ministry, which during the war was the Nazi Air Ministry, in Berlin, Germany. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Another solid lead for background performer work in Montreal is Casting Quarters. The agency hires extras for both Hollywood big budget and local productions.