All the Hard Work, None of the Glamour.
Supporting Artists (SAs) are a huge part of any TV and movie production. Made famous by the Ricky Gervais TV series Extras, SAs are the foundation of any big scene that requires people in the background, whether on location or studio.
For the SA, filming days or nights are notoriously long, stretching over 10 hours or more. This excludes earlier call times for make-up and costumes checks, and time to de-rig once filming is over. Big battle scenes may involve days or even weeks in ‘boot camp’ for SAs to learn military and weapon handling skills.
Long days on sets and waiting time between set ups takes its toll. But SAs must be ready to perform at a moment’s notice when the call comes.
When not taking shots of principal artists, I found it fascinating to observe the way SAs use their free time for a little rest or to catch up with the real world, taking advantage of any place or situation they can.
Zdar Boh is a photographic project about a mining community in the Rozália mine, located in the village of Hodrusa-Hámre, central Slovakia, the region where I grew up. The mining tradition here is historically very rich, but it is slowly and inevitably fading away as the mining industry is in decline. Rozália is now the last working mine, not only in Slovakia but also in central Europe, where predominantly gold and other precious metals are extracted. I became fascinated with the mining community because of my father Dominik, who has worked in the mining industry for more than twenty years. Zdar Boh is a proverb miners use to wish each other good luck and happy return. Zdar Boh, God be with you