Oregonians take roles as extras in 'Twilight'

CORVALLIS — It was the premiere of "Twilight," the tale of love between a mortal teen and her vampire paramour that has struck a chord with readers around the world. The film is the adaptation of the first book in a series.

People who appeared in the film as extras spoke Wednesday about their on-set experiences.

Tiffany Welch of Corvallis has been appearing as an extra in films her entire life, following in the footsteps of her father. When her son Logan was born, Welch decided to introduce him to the family tradition, first in community theater and later on film sets.

Logan, 20, has taught drama and acted in community plays, including productions at Oregon State University.

Being on a film set opened his eyes to a different style of acting.

"It was a really interesting contrast, being on the set as opposed to the theater," he said.

Also, film scenes are shot out of sequence, usually to make the most efficient use of sets and actors. And acting for the camera is different.

"Film allows you a much more subtle and internal performance," he said. Welch and her son are part of Extras Only, a Portland-based company that helps films find extras.

So when "Twilight" producers had difficulty finding a stand-in for Robert Pattinson, the star who portrays vampire Edward, Logan got the call.

He looks so much like Pattinson that producers hired him to be Edward's body double, photo double and even his occasional stunt double.

While he hadn't heard of the vampire series before being hired, he bought the books and admitted getting hooked on the series.

"I was really impressed with the story. It was an interesting take on vampires," he said.

Logan Welch spent three months on set, took a break from his classes at Linn-Benton Community College and quit his part-time job to be in the film.

Initially he was a stand-in for Pattinson, but because Pattinson was doing so much shooting, he couldn't be in two places at once.

That's when Logan's participation grew. His tasks included driving a Volvo through the woods, smashing a desk and yanking logs from a hillside. Scenes where Edward's face wasn't in the frame became Logan's, which he could shoot while Pattinson was filming elsewhere.

"He was very busy," Logan said, but not too busy to spend time with his stand-in.

Logan said he enjoyed hanging out and working with Pattinson.

"He's a great guy; very cool, very talented," he said.

Tiffany Welch appears in the background as a cafeteria worker and a teacher. She was on set quite a bit, but not nearly as much as her son. Logan's work as an extra also included appearing as a patron in a cafe and as a prom photographer.

"We like to watch the whole process; the behind-the-scenes is very interesting," Tiffany said.

Logan hasn't learned yet whether he'll participate in the film adaptations of the rest of the Twilight series, but he said he'd be thrilled to continue working with the cast and crew.

"I can honestly say it's the best film experience I've had so far."

Tyler Nordby, a 2006 graduate of Crescent Valley High School, also was chosen to work on "Twilight" through Extras Only. He plays the role of a high school student who appears prominently in many scenes.

"The director specifically picked a few people to be familiar faces," Nordby said extras who appear consistently throughout the film. Although he doesn't have any speaking lines, Nordby does have some close-up scenes and appears in classroom scenes behind main characters.

Because Nordby was in so many scenes, he took a break last spring from his studies at Linn-Benton Community College to be in Portland for filming.

"It was exciting to see the stars and get to know and meet all the different people," he said. "It is definitely a different environment."

Nordby is looking ahead to the second "Twilight" film:

"I would love to do more work with them."

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