John Walker Gray

Born and raised in Glasgow, until early adulthood when having completed 5 years as a reservist in the military, the Police beckoned and I saw 22 years with them before taking early retirement.

Since then, life has become even better. An Honours degree in Literature, a published novelist, trained Life Coach, commissioned photo-shoots and an Acting career have allowed a new lease of life over 50.

See John Walker Gray in a leading role in this short film. To see the whole movie click the poster or visit YouTube.

 

The film won an Award at the recent " DONT LOOK NOW" Short film festival in Wales in 2022.

 

My Latest Actions

Don't be alarmed, it's not a mug shot  :)

The moustache is a new ( temporary ) look that was originally for a musical called "All Shook Up" , the music of Elvis set to a rom com farce based loosely on Shakespeare's, "A Midsummer nights dream" . However, this was postponed due to problems at the venue but is going ahead in February next year...

In the interim, I auditioned for a part in a feature film and they loved the moustache, so, I had to keep it...now I'm growing a beard so the director of the musical can have as much or as little facial hair as required....

Earlier this year...

October

Cast as Sheriff Earl in the stage production of "All Shook Up" by Joe Dipietro

Promotional poster for original Broadway production of All Shook Up. Not specifically related to this production.

September

This September brings me to play the role of Ian, a girls father in the short film " Dove" by Gary Wales.  Check out IMDB for info about this short film.

August


In August I am back on The Fringe in Edinburgh playing on Stage with " The Collies Shed" a production by Shelley Midler. This production was on Stage last year as well and received numerous 4 and 5 Star reviews.

You can follow the production on Instagram : @thecolliesshed 

I have also been performing in the following short films and productions.

  • Short Film called "CATTLE" in which I play a farmer who is plagued by local youths who eventually put me over the edge...
  • A feature film called "What happens when we sleep", I play a convicted baddy who feels sorry for his incarceration...

I have developed John Gray's Outlander Adventure App that allows you to tour Scotland using the filming sites from the show Outlander as reference points throughout the journey through this magnificent country.

A great travel companion or even just to sit in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the journey via commentary and photographs. It's available for both Android and iOS Phones.

Questions for an actor

How are you selected for a feature, a film, production or series ?

Well, I'll try to give you some insight on how one get's onto the silver screen...

First off you are asked by your agent to audition for the part. This can take the form of a “self tape”, where you learn the lines and videotape yourself performing the piece. Sometimes the casting agent / director will want to see you in person for an audition, so then you'll have to do the same thing in from of them. So you'll have to have learned the lines and this time you perform in front of the casting agent / director or even writer..

Having gone through that process you have to go back for a recall...doing the same scene or maybe another scene and then the fun starts...

What happens after an audition ?

When you get selected for the part, you get sent your script for the part you will be performing for and you learn your lines and you'll  have to learn how to perform them (this is my process).

It all takes time...sometimes you get plenty of time and then there are times you get a couple of days to prepare...depends on the production...

What happens on a set ?

On the day of the shoot you are picked up and taken to the set ( larger productions). On the smaller ones, you may need to get there yourself....then it's into costume, get some makeup, and you go to your dressing area (normally a trailer)...

Then you sit and wait....and wait....and wait.......you get the idea...until the director or production assistant comes over and calls you to be ready for your take(s).

Just prior to you arriving on set, you may get "miked up", which means they may put a wireless microphone on you in a hidden place. On other mostly larger productions, there will be a special sound team that often works with microphones on long fishing-pole like units.

After that's done, you do a run through (rehearsal) , when that's approved and okay, you do a rehearsal on camera... and when that's all tested and done - often has to be done several times - then you shoot a “Take”  ...Take One and....ACTION...

How many times are you "On Set" ?

After the rehearsels and first takes, you have a master shot, single shots, close ups, tighter shots... and when you hear the director yell “Cut/Reset” you have to do it all over again ...and again....and again...until the director is happy with the take... When it's all done it's a " Wrap

How long does it take to make a movie ?

Basically you can be there for ages....

For example :

1 page of script = 1 minute of film (roughly)
1 min on screen can take 1 hour to shoot (roughly)

...a wee example is that while shooting the film WWZ I was on set for 12 DAYS and the time on screen was about 4 mins long....

The short film “HUNTERS”, which is around 16 mins long, took 5 days to shoot... So it's mainly the script and the director who's vision needs to be created and that determines the length of time on set.