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First impressions are everything, and that is especially relevant in our industry. Casting directors are turning to self-tapes in lieu of in-person auditions, which means that your self-tape is your shot to make a good first impression. This is your chance to show your personality and your talent in the comfort of your own home. Don’t dismiss the power of self-tapes! A good, high quality self-tape has the potential to be shared among casting directors for a multitude of projects.


REVIEWING THE TOP 3 SUBMISSIONS

PAUL SYRE

The Good: The introduction is very well spoken, welcoming and showcases Paul’s personality. Everything is concise and there is no rambling. Video is horizontal, everything is well lit and you can see his face very clearly. Close up, medium and full body shots were all in the video Clean background and the wardrobe selection show his individual style.Critiques Be mindful of the video thumbnail

MONIQUE SHI

The Good Lighting, camera angles, and audio Clean background Clothing stands out from her background Close up, medium and wide shot are all included Critiques Don’t be afraid to show more personality in your voice over. As if you are having a conversation with your friend. Be mindful of the video thumbnail. Make sure it is a clear medium shot so casting can see your face clearly. Examples monique

JOHANNA HANEDA

The Good: Lighting is great Clean background Video and audio quality is crisp and clear Information provided is all useful All requested body angles are included Critiques Feature full body shot towards the end of your video Wear fitted pants to show body proportions

FEEDBACK / COMMON MISTAKES

IMPORTANCE OF VIDEO THUMBNAIL & LABELING

When casting directors are going through hundreds of submissions, they are only seeing your thumbnail. If the quality is bad, or the framing is off, they might delete your self tape without watching it. Your thumbnail should be the following: Medium close up shot Clear photo of your face Good lighting & Clean Background EXAMPLE: Here’s a quick preview of what they see when they review submissions If your face is not clear, the lighting is too dark or the framing is off then your submission can be easily overlooked. bad examples of framing, self tape

FRAMING WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

Do not start your self tape video with a full body shot. The majority of your video should be done in a medium close up shot so your face can be clearly seen

EXAMPLE: The Good: The content of this self tape was great. Talent was well spoken and showcased his personality. Delivery was engaging and clear.

CRITIQUE: The framing is too far away / bring it in closer to a medium body shot) If there are brighter lights, we will be able to see his face more clear

BACKGROUND / BACKDROP If you have a backdrop, make sure it fills the entire frame and you do not see the edges in the video. Make sure you are not wearing the same color shirt as your backdrop and that it is not wrinkled

EXAMPLE: Left Video: Framing is good but main thumbnail is blurry, Right Video: distracting background with not the best frame and lighting Good: Content was good for both with a good personality. Critique: White shirt & White background Wrinkled background

CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER FOR THE WEEK 1 CHALLENGE: JOHANNA HANEDA!

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