Benefits of new age technology have made digitized casting a new mandate. Casting directors love this evolution as it helps them to shortlist good candidates without using unnecessary resources.
Self-taped audition is a great deal for casting directors and actors, as it saves a lot of time. It gives you the unprecedented amount of control to produce the perfect piece of self-taped video.
Actors are more inclined towards creativity and performance than the technical field. Despite fundamental artistic nature, actors are often expected to make self-taped auditions. No need to worry, if you are not familiar with this self-taping game. All you need is some basic knowledge, equipment and acting skills. Be careful and selective, as video format gives casting director a power to analyse the performance in-depth.
Here are some basic rules to master your self-tape audition
1.Actors must always shoot an audition against a blank wall. Any clutter that is seen in the frame is distracting to the Casting Director who is viewing it.
2.Technical equipment needed for an audition is a camera, tripod, and some lights. Natural lighting also works well.
3.When framing an audition, actors should be in the center of the frame with the bottom of the frame at the center of your chest and the top of the frame slightly above the top of your head.
4.The audition should be well-lit. The key is to keep shadows away from the face and have a well lit audition.
5.Sound is very important. It is very important for the actor’s voice to be heard by the Casting Director. There should be absolutely no background noise except for the reader who is a part of the audition.
6.It’s always good to do a test shot to check framing, lighting, and the sound clarity of an audition.
7.If more then one scene, all scenes should always be shot separately and then edited together before sending it to the Casting Director.
8.Get a good reader who speaks very low in the audition. No one is paying attention to the reader but sometimes if too loud, it can be distracting to the Casting Director.
Courtesy: Purvi Lavingia