Gail Morgan, with the Emerald Coast Film Commission, asked local residents for their behind the scene stories of The Truman Show. Scott Jackson tells his behind the scenes story, “I was invited to be an extra by the recommendation of former of Film Commissioner, Christine Pincince. I was scheduled for a wardrobe fitting at a hotel room in the Sandestin Hilton. I was dressed in khaki slacks, white shirt, tie and sport coat. I was admonished to make sure that I dressed in that way with no substitutions each day on the set.
The movie was to appear as if it was a spring time or mild climate but since it was shot in Dec and Jan it got pretty darn cold. The first day of principal shooting we were to all meet at an assembly area on the property of the Christian International Church parking lot at 5200 US HWY 98 E, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. This was a large open parking lot with buses hired to shuttle us to a large tent at the set in Seaside. It was about a 10 minute drive to the set. Everybody was in their wardrobe so we had all kinds of people: cops, firemen, military, nurses, business people and tennis players – the whole spectrum.
We were all under a large tent and got a briefing by the production assistants about how things were going to work and to be patient. But above all to be responsive. They told us to never approach Jim Carrey on the set, but if he engages you that is ok. He wanted to stay in character, a role different from some of his zanier bits.
I was cast as a businessman and was given a briefcase as a prop. Most of the scenes I was in were shot in the main circular drive of Seaside where the majority of merchant activity was. There were scenes in which Jim was downtown walking about and we were background activity, so they had to use a bull horn to get everybody on their marks and move the action. Since it was cold on a few days of shooting they let us take jackets and sweaters but we had to hide them just before cameras rolled.
I was in about 3-4 different scenes over the 10 days but mostly I waited in the tent with many of the others. Upon finally seeing the film I noted I never made the final cut. It was fun experience nonetheless. Jim did cut up a little bit between takes and I got to see him up close but for the most part I didn’t see him all that much.”