So, you don't have much time. The casting agent needs your tape yesterday and you only have your phone to film on! What do you do? Well personally, here in the office, we don't do much self taping - we leave that to you guys with the acting talent! But what we can do is put together a list of some tips to help you create the best tape possible. So we did! Remember always consider any advice is right for you as an individual and don't be afraid to ask colleagues and friends for advice. Hope these help!
5. Equity UK Tips
Sneak Peek of the site, link below!
Preparing your studio
If you are self-taping from home spend a little time figuring out the best place for your make-shift studio and then you can use it again and again. If you are on location or in a hotel room you will have to think on your feet a little but the same principles apply. There are three main factors you have to consider:
1. Background – as plain as possible, grey is best but any neutral colour will do.
2. Light – natural light is great but never sit in front of a window otherwise you will appear as a silhouette. Artificial lights are fine too but do a short test to see what you look like on camera and
if it feels too harsh or too dark make adjustments. Clever placing of lamps
can work wonders.
3. Sound – you need a quiet spot, hopefully away from external sounds and with reasonably good acoustics – beware of echoes. Remember to test the sound before recording.
4. Advice from Casting Directors on Backstage
Taken from the site.... By Elyse Roth.
"If there’s one thing casting directors can agree has changed in the industry, it’s the technology behind casting. CDs can now send someone to set in a different country without ever being in the same room as an actor and they can now consider actors from all over the world for parts they cast. It’s all thanks to self-tapes. A CD will remember a stellar self-tape and consider that actor for roles in the future based on that one submission, just like they would for an excellent audition in the room. So what do CDs want actors to know about the art of recording your own audition? They shared some tips with Backstage."
3. When Being An Actor Just Straight-Up Sucks: Self-tapes and Shakespeare Auditions - Yep that's the full title!
Don't wait. Just go and read Molly Goforth at Onstage Blog now!
2. NY CASTING: Five Tips For Killing It In Your Next Self-Tape Or On-Camera Audition
"Let’s face facts: Being an actor is the best job in the world! Sure, there are challenges to the job, but even with all the hard work, auditions, late nights and early mornings on set, the classes, the memorization and even all the rejection, acting is the most fun you can have without getting arrested. And for it to be a job where you get paid money is more than any sane person should ask for!" By Kurtis Bright
1. SELF-TAPING YOUR AUDITION USING YOUR iPHONE
By Marci Liroff
"Having just worked on a feature film where we were asking for actors to send in their self-taped auditions from around the world, I realized that actors are becoming more empowered and self-sufficient by learning how to tape their auditions. But do yourself a favor and make sure you do it well – taping your audition on your laptop should be a last resort. Make sure to show yourself at your best. Lighting, sound, good quality video and a talented reader will help make your audition as great as it should be...."