The Business: How to Self-Tape Auditions: Part One - Production





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Streamed live on Mar 28, 2013

Self-taped auditions are becoming more and more common. Though the technology is easy to come by, one still needs to know the technical skills. In part one of this series, we will show you how to properly set up the equipment as well as cover other technical details one needs to know to properly self-tape an audition. Look for part two in the series, post-production editing and uploading your audition, in April.

Meet the Speaker:

Sharon Garrison is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA for over 30 years, Sharon "pays it forward" these days by serving as secretary on the Dallas local SAG-AFTRA Board and chairing the SAG-AFTRA ProACT committee (Professional Actor Career Training) which offers panels and workshops on important film industry issues in the North Texas area. Sharon offers taping and audition coaching services available in both the North Texas and New Orleans areas and has put hundreds of actors (both young and more mature) on tape for casting directors in virtually every market in the country, from Los Angeles to New York.

58:08 “Is there a way to record with webcam already installed in your computer? What software do you use to record?

59:43 “Can you begin with your back towards the camera if it works for the scene”

1:00:18 “When you slate, should you be in character?”

1:01:29 “Where should the camera be in relation to eye level”

1:12:19 “Is the industry standard still both profiles after slate?”

1:04:18 “What bulb wattage and charge do you like?”

1:05:14 “Using an external voiceover?”

1:06:31 “Can you begin with your eyes closed and then open them”

1:06:46 “Dramatic look before you slate?”

1:07:27 “Medium shot should be used if no directions are given?”

1:08:13 “Would you offer any advice for taping any theater or plays?”

1:09:12 “As far as lighting which light key or fill do you use for your best side?”

1:09:44 “What is your website or best way to reach you?”

1:10:12 “When you upload the video to vimeo or others, the video should downgrading?”

1:11:58 “Why not use white as a backdrop?”

1:13:04 “Make up? Especially for me?”

1:13:55 “Older cameras?”

1:15:04 “What if you can’t get a reader?”

1:15:29 “Do you have to buy a special microphone for your camcorder?”

1:16:05 “What do you if you have pre-recorded audio?”

1:16:25 “How many takes do you allow who is paying you to video tape?”

1:18:40 “Going rate?”

1:20:40 “Does the shotgun mic pick up the readers voice at a higher level than the auditioner?”

1:22:05 “Are you finding more Casting Directors are going after local hires rather than transporting actors from other cities?”

1:28:29 “Charge other’s friends?”

1:26:57 “How did you cultivate a taping and local hire relationship with your agent and regional casting directors?”

1:28:24 “Will casting directors see a self tape that is not requested?”

1:30:44 “What about the tripod, lighting, backdrop kits out there on the market?”


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