What does “Back to One” mean?
Upon going back to one, cast and crew will hear the 1st A.D. say “Rolling” and “Speed.” Then, upon hearing the word “Background,” the extras will start their action. They’ll continue to move as instructed until the director or 1st A.D. yells, “Cut!”
“Back to One!” starts the cycle all over again. While it’s easy to understand, actors may be required to return back to one many times.
Many times Extras get upgraded to a Principal role and are given a Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG/AFTRA) contract right on the set! And once you’re a contracted principal, you get residuals (money) each time the show airs. “Cha-Ching! ”