Self-taping can be a daunting or frustrating experience, especially if you don't have the right tools, or maybe you're not 'tech savvy'.
In this class we will break down every single step of self-taping, with loads of tips and tricks; Including notes on performance, eyeline, framing, slating, editing and brightening your tape in iMovie for Macs and Moviemaker for Windows. We'll show you how the most popular sharing websites work, walking you through the process of uploading and transferring. We'll discuss the benefits of Photobooth for shooting short scenes and how to use it. We'll walk you through exactly what you need to do when shooting on your phone.
Another tricky aspect of self-taping is lighting - we'll take you through how to light your scene when shooting after dark with tips and tricks for capturing perfect lighting with just some household implements. We'll break down all of the equipment you'll need in an attached document, with links and price breakdowns available for you to download.
So if you're new to self-taping, or you've been doing it for a while and want to brush up, and perhaps learn some new tricks - this masterclass is definitely for you.
“I recently took the 'Self Taping for Success Masterclass' and it was fantastic. I’ve been an actor for many years, successfully auditioning in person and via self tapes, but this series has addressed so many tricky issues I've come across when taping at home and led me to inexpensive alternatives to the equipment that makes self taping massively easier. As an actor we need to concentrate on the work, and booking the role - this series shows you how to do just that!” - J Raquel
Class 1: Welcome
Class 2: Self-Taping Overview
In this class, we discuss the instructions each Casting Director will give you when inviting you to tape / How to connect with Casting Directors / How to deal with open invites that have been posted on casting platforms which invite you to apply for a role with a self-tape.
Class 3: Visuals & Framing
In this class we discuss the correct framing for your shot / How to find the right location to shoot / Your backdrop / Your eyeline / Your reader.
Class 4: Performance Tips
Here we will talk about the importance of dressing for the part / Maximizing your chances when being asked to shoot 2 or more scenes / Slating, and how your slate can affect the performance / How to enhance your performance by tweaking your eyeline / Using a none actor vs actor for your reader / How knowing your scene 'back to front' will enhance your audition.
Class 5: Photo Booth for Taping
Here we walk you through how to use Photo Booth to tape your scene and all of its benefits. We also take you through how to light your scene when shooting after dark with tips and tricks for capturing perfect lighting at home.
Class 6: Camera Phone for Taping
Here we walk you through shooting with your smartphone. We also take you through how to light your scene when shooting after dark with tips and tricks for capturing perfect lighting at home.
Class 7: Editing with iMovie
Here we walk you through the built-in program for Mac users - iMovie. During this class, we walk you through importing your tape to iMovie / Using the timeline / Trimming / Creating transitions / Adjusting the light / Editing sound / Exporting your edited tape / Labelling.
Class 8: Editing with Movie Maker
Here we walk you through the built-in program for Windows users - Movie Maker. During this class, we walk you through importing to Movie Maker / Using the timeline / Trimming / Creating transitions / Adjusting the light / Editing sound / Exporting your edited tape / Labelling.
Class 9: Sending your Tape
Finally, in this class, we take you through the two most popular websites requested by casting directors (WeTransfer and Hightail) and walk you through the process of sending your fabulous edited tape off to casting.
Class 10: Conclusion
Some final words on taping.