By M. Scott Morris
Amanda Harville can’t be too specific about how she spent part of her summer.
“If we speak about what happened, we could get sued for over $100,000,” the 18-year-old Shannon resident said.
“We signed non-disclosure agreements,” said Delta Jurney, 22, of Amory.
They weren’t dealing with the National Security Agency or the CIA. They were dealing with Hollywood – or in this case, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Amanda Harville and her sister, Heather, 20, along with Jurney and Pontotoc resident Rob Sandlin, 21, drove down south to be extras in “Pitch Perfect 2.” It’s a follow-up to a 2012 comedy about an all-girls’ singing group.
They learned about the opportunity on Facebook, and were told to dress as though they were attending an outdoor music festival.
“It was supposed to be a Bohemian, hippy feel,” Jurney said. “Bright colors. Any kind of patterns.”
“Modern hippy,” Sandlin said.
Their first experience was June 20, when they were on set from 7 p.m. until 2 the following morning.
“We didn’t stay the night. We drove straight back,” Sandlin said. “They got back at 8 in the morning. I live in Pontotoc so I got home at 8:30.”
“I had to get back in time to go to work,” Heather Harville explained.
During breaks in filming, they were given water, Gatorade, chips, cookies and pizza.
They didn’t sign up to be extras in time to get paid, so the trip that could cost them more than $100,000 each was a volunteer effort.
Sandlin and Brett Gullick from New Albany returned to Baton Rouge last week for more filming, and they were paid $101.50 a day for a pair of 12-hour days.
“I have a lot of respect for actors who work 12 hours, day after day, on a film,” Sandlin said.
Additional payment for the pair came in the form of steak and chicken dinners.
The women were annoyed by the report about the steak and chicken, but they enjoyed their brush with Hollywood stars in Baton Rouge.
“It was definitely a good experience to go with my friends,” Heather Harville said. “We made some new memories together.”
Sandlin said he appreciated the chance to see the performers in person, though he’s contractually barred from mentioning them by name.
The extras were allowed to say “Pitch Perfect 2” is slated to open May 15, 2015.
“We made a pact to go see it all together,” Heather Harville said.
When they go, they’ll surely see Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and others from the cast of “Pitch Perfect” on screen again, if a quick Internet search for “Pitch Perfect 2” can be trusted.