Working on the set of Get Low was an extraordinary experience for Reinhardt College Assistant Professor of Art Jym Davis (left, pictured with Robert Duvall). He recently served as an extra actor and on-set freelance photographer for the independent film, starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, which is based upon a true story of a man from Tennessee who decides to hold a funeral for himself while he is still alive so that he can enjoy all the people coming to honor him.
"Getting to work as an extra and as a freelance photographer allowed me to observe how an independent film with a relatively modest budget is produced," said Davis, a Canton, Ga. resident. "At one point, Robert Duvall's character delivered a speech from a stage addressing Sissy Spacek who was standing directly beside me. It was interesting to see the actors get into their roles with such focus. Bill Murray and Duvall both delivered their lines multiple times without ever slipping up."
Feeling Like "Family"
Even though the film was a Hollywood product, Davis and the other extras on set were treated just like members of the family. "The filmmakers did a great job of creating a community feeling on the set. The film's director, Oscar winner Aaron Schneider, walked around and introduced himself to many of the extras-most of who were from Atlanta, Macon, Athens, and other relatively local Georgia spots. I even met a couple from Waleska, Ga."
Davis' photography work for the film will be used in an unofficial chapbook for the relatives of the people who the story is based on and will be distributed by the family of one of the film's writers.
For more information about the film, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1194263/
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