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Self Taping Tips by Debbie by admin

Self Taping Tips

Are you ready when a Casting Director asks you for a self tape? There are a few things you need to keep in mind when preparing to shoot a self tape at home. Please remember to ALWAYS shoot in landscape and at a high resolution. You can change the resolution on your iPhone in camera settings. We recommend using the 4K setting so the quality of your tape is just as good as the productions you are watching on your TV at home. If shooting in 4K, you will most likely need to then compress the file, so it doesn’t take the Casting Director an hour to download such a large file. If you have an iPhone, the iMovie app is fantastic and easy to use.

Next is the lighting, please ensure there is adequate lighting. To ensure you are not creating shadows, have the source of light come from in front of you. Ring lights are great and you can pick these up fairly cheap online or from a local retailer like Camera House. When you stand in front of the camera, please distance yourself from the wall, this will help eliminate shadows.

Once you have a great setup and the camera can see your facial expressions clearly, you are now ready to PRACTICE.

Practice, practice, practice! If you have a script or a few lines, try saying these lines in different ways. Analyze your character and understand how they are feeling, what have they been through to get to this moment. If you have little information, create your own character!

Once you are ready to shoot, put down a few takes. Not the same version 3 times, but 3 different interpretations. You may just surprise yourself.

Be different, be memorable and stand out from the crowd. Remember a Casting Director is seeing the same script and possibly the same (or similar) delivery all day.

Get creative – be the one that sets them apart.

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Video ID by Chelsea by admin

If you want to pursue an acting career, you should make yourself familiar with Video ID.

A Video ID is quite simple in itself- for every single audition, you will be required to do a Video ID. Whether it be in front of a casting director, or in the form of a video to send to them.

To film a Video ID you will need a clear camera- your phones’ camera will be fine, but does depend on the model of course. A Ring light can also make your life easier when filming, as you can place your phone in it and you not only do you have great lighting, but a very steady and professional Video ID.

You will need to have a name slate, this can be a piece of paper or a mini whiteboard, you need something to write our Name, Age, Location and Agency.

For example, If I were doing a Video ID, I would write on a piece of paper:

Chelsea Glenn

Age: 19

Location: Gold Coast

Agency: Synergy Management

Sometimes you will be required to write more information, like your height and your Date of Birth.

Once you have written all the required information down, you will need to stand in front of a blank wall ( preferably white or grey) and hold the piece of paper in front of your chest.

Get someone in the family or even a friend to film you, and if they are shooting with a phone, it is imperative that they film horizontally, this is also the case when it comes to self-tapes.

Make sure the lighting and sound are good, so have a practice run first. A ring light comes in handy at this point, as the lighting is brilliant.

Now the final bit is very simple, all you need to do is look into the camera, smile and say:

“Hello, my name is —(name)—, I’m —(age)—,I live in —(location)— and I’m with —(agency) —”

Again depending on the brief, you may be required to state more information.

After saying all of that, turn to your left, then turn to your right to show the casting directors your side profiles, and then face the front and pan the camera up and down, so the casting director can see you front on. And Viola! you have successfully filmed a Video ID.

Stay tuned my next Blog I will be talking about Self Taping.

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