To jolt your memory, I was recruited to be an extra and started at 6am because I had a more "European look" and then took part in a second filming starting at 9am that, without knowing ahead of time, lasted until nighttime. We were misled not only about the time commitment, but about payment too, as in the end I got paid only $12,000 pesos for 13 hours, of which I had to be on my feet under the sun the whole time, and was told I couldn't sit, use the bathroom, etc... The shoot turned into a protest around 7pm when they let me go with the others that came for the 6am start time, and claimed the rest would stay just a little longer til 8:30 to film the remaining portion. As I expected, and you can see in the video, there is a take with lighters where it is dark out, so obviously they didn't end the shoot at 8:30 as promised either because its not even dusk yet at that hour.
So, the time you've been waiting for has come: the commercial is out!
....And it turns out... I don't even show up. So much for my moment of fame.
Well, when you see the commercial you won't think thats very surprising, considering the large number of people who do take part in the commercial. However, if you were there to see just how incredibly close I was to the people who DO show up in the commercial with somewhat notable roles, it is actually quite surprising I can't be seen.
To name a few points,
- Right at the beginning a man with a briefcase comes across the street. Right after the cut, he and I cross paths alone. (Filmed on calle Arturo Prat near Urriola, close to the Plaza Sotomayor)
- At 22 seconds into the film I was one of the girls that had to walk right in front of the camera by the car mirror, and usually started walking right after that girl in white with the sunglasses hanging from her shirt. (Filmed on calle Blanco just West of Plaza Sotomayor)
- At 34 seconds, every time they reset to call "ACCION!" I started out directly in front of the guy in the wheelchair, who was in there just for diversity, as after the zillion takes of that shot, he just got up and walked away. (Filmed on calle Blanco just West of Plaza Sotomayor)
- In the other takes I might have appeared, for example at 39 seconds, there is a huge crowd and picking me out would be near impossible... assuming I wasn't sneaking a moment to sit on the pavement jejej. I'm near the street pole in the back left corner which is the intersection of calle Blanco with the plaza Sotomayor
Also, note that some of the shots are very obviously Chile. Not that most Italians would notice or care, but still odd they would shoot a commercial for an Italian bank so far away. (Then again, not so odd, as obviously Chileans and gringa expats are CHEAP LABOR to the Italians! ugh) The commercial even opens with a view of the street Arturo Prat probably filmed from somewhere near the Lord Cochrane house above the Armada, whose blue and white paint you can see in the tower in the foreground, and the white building across the street is easily identifiable as the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes. Some other takes are in Santiago.