If you don’t have a showreel, we highly recommend that you create an ‘Intro to Camera’ self tape video for Casting Directors to quickly get a sense of how you translate on camera.
Other than your headshot, your intro to camera may be the only thing casting directors look at before deciding whether or not they want to bring you in for an audition.
Approximately 30 seconds
A quality camera (a no-frills digital camera or an iPhone is all you need). Shoot the footage in horizontal format, never in portrait. Use a mounting bracket for your mobile device so that the video is stable and does not distract from your performance.
If you purchase a ring light for lighting (mentioned below), this often has a bracket attached.
Try to light yourself by 2 lights either side (Make sure they are as close to white as possible) or even better, get yourself a ring light. You don’t want any shiny orange light hitting you and no light coming from above causing shadows – Casting Directors want to see you, not half your face covered by a shadow. If you don’t have good lighting, try film in front of a window. Just make sure you are facing the window, otherwise all the Casting Director with see is your silhouette.
Try to have a clean backdrop, free of artwork, plants etc. A clean blue, grey or white backdrop is a good choice.
The best framing is a mid-shot to a medium close up – so from about the mid-waist up.
Wardrobe & Makeup
Don’t wear any clothing that will distract from your face and ensure your make up is natural. Avoid brand names, patterns and heavy make up.