We are presently living in a period in which an ever increasing number of parts of our lives are going remote, and media industry is the same. It is becoming very common for actors to submit home-recorded audition video tapes, auditions which can be immensely helpful for various job openings . . . that is, if the recordings are done well. Obviously, it’s at last your ability that will get you the gig, however a decent quality video will improve your performance and make your tape standout from all the rest. The key to the majority of this is whether you have friends who have access to gear/have the specialized know-how to set up your lighting or sound, definitely connect with them–these ideas are for individuals without those assets. That being stated, here are a few ideas on the most proficient method to make the ideal audition video:
- A Clean, Well-lit Place: Choosing where to shoot your audition video is vital. In a perfect world, you ought to shoot some place with an impartial background–the last thing you need is for the casting director viewing your performance to be occupied by the blazing numbers on your alarm clock. It doesn’t need to be a stark-white wall, yet at the end of the day, the emphasis ought to be on you. Also, don’t stand right against the wall. Indeed, even two feet of space between you and the foundation will give some depth and make the shot considerably more tastefully satisfying. Additionally, a covered room is perfect since it keeps sound from bouncing around (more on that later), and for comparable reasons, a room that is shaped oddly or has inclined roofs is likewise a decent decision. At long last, pick a room where you will have control over the lighting.
- Furthermore, While We’re on the Subject of Lighting: Like we stated, you need to shoot in a room where you have control over the light. You can utilize natural light (i.e., light through windows), yet make a point not to stand right in front a window–if you do, the window will look excessively bright and you will be in shadow. Or maybe, you can stand just to the side of one. Soft lighting is the most complimenting, so you can adjust the lights inside the space (lights, overhead lights, what have you) to accomplish that. One approach to do this is to put a light blind over a window or utilize a lampshade to diffuse the light. Another lighting issue actors keep running into now and then is they get shadows on their appearances. To keep away from these, there are a couple of things you can do.
- Sound check, 1-2-3: From a technical outlook, sound might be THE most essential segment of your audition video, and sadly, it’s one of the easier elements to mess up. In the event that you can utilize an external mic (i.e., one that joins to your gadget rather than an inherent one), particularly a lavalier mic, or “lav” mic, (these are the ones that you see attached to individuals’ garments in interviews–they look like tie clasps), that is perfect. In the event that you can’t, there are approaches to amplify your sound in quality with your built-in mic.
Who knows, making the perfect audition videotape might make you a famous actor like Stephen Collins is. Stephen is not only an actor but also a writer, musician and a director. He has worked in various shows and films. In addition to that, he has even written some pretty awesome books. So what are you waiting for? You could be that person too! Press record on that video camera!