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Self-Tape Instructions

Self Tape Instructions

Points to consider in preparing and recording a self-tape audition: Following these self-tape instructions will help you with your audition process. They are what casting directors expect to see in their inboxes.

  1. Read the Audition Material

    : Carefully review the audition script, sides, or scenes you’ve been provided. Understand the character, context, and any specific requirements.

  2. Setup and Location

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    • Choose a well-lit location with good natural or artificial lighting.
    • Ensure the background is clean, uncluttered, and appropriate for the scene.
    • Set up your camera or smartphone on a stable surface, preferably at eye level.
    • Consider using a tripod or a friend to help with filming if possible. Here is a suggestion of one with ring light that is on a special offer now £18.99
    • Examples of good lighting and poor lighting can make all the difference between a professional self-tape.
    • Full set up Mic  Studio lighting
    • Tripod (Comes with wireless remote)
    • Ring light and tripod
    • No set up
    • We always say if you cannot see the eye colour then you need to rethink your set up.
  3. Camera and Audio Quality

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  4. Frame and Composition

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    • Position yourself in the center of the frame with enough headroom and space around you.
    • Ensure your face and body are well-framed, and your expressions are visible.
  5. Wardrobe and Makeup

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    • Dress appropriately for the character, following any provided wardrobe suggestions.
    • Keep makeup natural and suitable for the role.
  6. Performance

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    • Memorise your lines thoroughly and practice your delivery.
    • Focus on your character’s objectives, emotions, and relationships within the scene.
    • Show a range of emotions and engage with the imaginary circumstances.
  7. Eye Line

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    • Place a reader or use an off-camera point of reference to maintain consistent eye contact.
    • Avoid looking directly into the camera unless instructed otherwise.
  8. Slate

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    • Begin with a slate that includes your name, the role you’re auditioning for, and your agency (if applicable).
  9. Multiple Takes

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    • Record multiple takes, experimenting with different interpretations and emotions.
    • Choose the best take for submission.
  10. File Format and Naming

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    • Save your video file in the format specified by the casting director.
    • Name the file in a clear and organised manner, including your name and the character/production.
    • Always film in landscape. Industry requirement.
  11. Size and Length

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    • Ensure the file size and video length meet the submission requirements.
    • Typically, self-tapes should not exceed 2-3 minutes.
  12. Editing

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    • Only make minor edits if necessary (e.g., trimming the beginning and end, adjusting brightness).
    • Avoid adding special effects or altering your performance significantly.
  13. Submission Instructions

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    • Follow the submission guidelines provided by the casting director or agency.
    • Send your self-tape to the designated email address, agent or online platform.
  14. Deadline

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    • Submit your self-tape well before the deadline to ensure it reaches the casting team on time.
  15. Backup Copy

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    • Keep a backup copy of your self-tape in case of technical issues during submission.
  16. Professionalism

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    • Be punctual, respectful, and professional when communicating with casting professionals and colleagues.
  17. Feedback

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    • Be open to feedback if the casting director or agent provides it.

So here are our points for self-tape instructions. I hope it has helped you. Remember that self-tapes are an opportunity to showcase your talent and commitment, so take the time to prepare and present your best performance. Good luck!

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