Production: How To Make a Casting Tape

If you want to become an actor or actress, then a casting tape will make the whole process much easier. Many directors will want to see a casting tape before they invite people for a live audition. If you are producing your own casting tape, then there are a few things that you will have to do.

Fortunately, making a casting tape is actually fairly easy. It's also relatively easy to get very good results even if you're using fairly standard equipment. The key is to sell yourself so that the director knows exactly what you can offer and why he should consider hiring you.

Step 1: Preparation

As with everything else, the most important thing is to prepare everything. You need to have all of the material ready so that you can do your audition in front of the camera properly. Either choose your own material, or if you are given something specific to read, then you should prepare this.

Step 2: Quiet Space

It's essential that you record your video somewhere that's quiet and that you won't get disturbed. Make sure that it's as quiet as possible. Computers, TV's and refrigerators all create noise. You should make the room as quiet as possible.

Also, you should ideally stand in front of a white or blue wall. Try to remove anything that is on the wall which could be a distraction. To avoid shadows, try standing at least 2 feet away from the wall. You can mark where to stand by sticking some tape on the floor.

Step 3: Setting Up

Set up the camera by putting it on a tripod and aiming it exactly where you are going to stand. You also need to ensure that the lighting is adequate. This is important as it helps the viewer to pick you out from the screen. You can use lighting from window lights, flood lights, floor lamps and table lamps.

Step 4: Testing

Now record yourself on film for a few minutes. Then, play it back to check the lighting and the composition of the scene.

Step 5: Recording

Once you have done this, you should start recording your video. Start by giving your age, experience and name. Make sure that you speak in your natural voice and are calm. A great way to show you're not nervous is to make eye contact with the audience and smile.

Step 6: Taping Scenes

Now you need to tape the scenes that you have prepared for your auditions. Normally, you will need to do between 2 and 5 scenes for each audition. It is, however, possible to do a single scene if you like.

Step 7: Editing

Now it's a matter of loading all of the files onto your computer and editing them. There will be lots of bits that need to be cut out of the videos to make the audition video as professional as possible. Once the video is edited, it can then be compiled and burnt onto a DVD or saved as a computer file. This makes it possible to send it easily to casting directors.

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