Self-Taping Tips for Young Performers

For parents/guardians of Young Performers who are feeling a bit new to the art of self-taping, this article is for you! Written by Nicholas Peel, who has mountains of experience in this field, the article guides you through. From the bare necessities, to tips on filming, lighting and sound and finally, editing and sending your file.  https://www.spotlight.com/news-and-advice/tips-and-advice/self-taping-tips-for-young-performers/

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Where to Send Tapes

Please trim anything non relevant, such as you moving around at the beginning/end to operate the camera. Do not include any personal contact details, just your name and agent, and our email address will suffice. Use ‘medium’ settings to save the file and label with the character you are playing and your name. Please title appropriately, e.g. “slate-your_name” Upload directly from your smartphone…

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HOW-TO SLATE FOR AN AUDITION

When asked to tape a separate slate (or ident) along with your audition self-tape, the Casting Director generally wants a very short video shot in landscape mode, consisting of: a full length shot of twins facing front, then to the side (for a profile) followed by close-up head and shoulders shot of both, each stating: their full name and agent…

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HOW-TO SELF TAPE

We often ask actors to submit a self-tape and have complied the following tips and tricks to ensure you submit a decent one. Twins/triplets should always record together where possible! Rarely these will replace an actual audition but may help a Casting Director decide to meet with you and keep you in the running. …self-taping can also help you prepare for a face-to-face…

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TAPE AN INTRO VIDEO

Good practice for self-taping is to record a very short introductory video of yourselves together – please do this as twins rather than separately, and make no mention of any castings – this is for your profile and we can only accept ONE tape! Use the tips set out at HOW TO SELF TAPE then… Prepare yourself – imagine you’re going to a real…

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