I'm currently sitting in the holding area for extras waiting...and waiting...and waiting...to be called on. There are couple things about being in a film that you may not know. You can be called to set for hair and make-up at 7am then not actually be in a scene until late in the afternoon or evening. Knitting fits well into this hurry up and wait atmosphere. The only frustration is that "just let me finish my row" is not a phrase that is respected. When they say get to set, you drop your work mid-row, and scurry. So working on anything lacey or overly cabley or fair-isley is not recommended (unless you want to practice your frogging skills).
One of the dangers of set is Craft Services. This is a huge table food that is constantly being replenished with tempting goodies. Yarn over needles is a better use for your free hands than food in face.
While they are filming, the people in the waiting area have to be completely silent. Fortunately the tiny metal clicking of needles doesn't register on the mics. There is no one who can appreciate the joy of quiet the way a knitter can. No interruptions in thought while you count your stitches to make sure you're still on track.
Finally, knitting on set reduces frustration which is to everyone's benefit. Tension builds in a group of people forced to sit in a state of unnatural quiet for hours on end with no sense about when they we be able to leave. I find having my knitting let's me focus on something good, and feel like my time in the waiting room is not a complete waste. This session as an extra will yield me about 1/5 of a sweater.
So, Meryl Streep*, feel free to join me on the extras couch you want to share a little knit time together.
*Meryl Streep is not in the movie we are filming, but wouldn't it be fabulous if she was!!!