LEVEL 2 (20 WEEK) & Level 3 (30 WEEK) vip pass
Megan will be doing DVD TAPINGS on Thursday Nights between 4:30-8:00 PM
No need to set up a time, it will be 1st come 1st serve BASIS
what Megan will offer per 30 week Talent per taping
What you need to bring
Smart phone or SD Card ( no mini sd cards)
BE PREPARED YOU WILL BE GIVEN A 10 MINUTE TIME SLOT
You will be sending two clips. One is your AUDITION SCENE. The next is your SLATE/INTERVIEW.
1) SHOOTING YOUR AUDITION
For your AUDITION SCENE, you'll be reading from the attached "sides," which is a portion of the script.
Pause momentarily and begin your reading. Please frame the shot from your chest to the top of your head - please be careful not to cut off the top of your head.
DO NOT LOOK INTO THE CAMERA DURING YOUR SCENE. Your off camera reader should stand close to the the camera so your face is viewable and eye level to camera lens. The camera should be stationary and not zoom in or out.
Be sure to stand confidently and avoid swaying back and forth. You do not want your head bobbing from one side of the screen to the other and even worse, going out of camera.
It is important that no one else is in the frame. Whoever is reading with you should be completely off camera.
Shoot your scene and then STOP the camera between each take. You may want to shoot the scene 2 - 3 times and then later decide which take is best to send.
A final note is to start the camera recording for a few seconds BEFORE and AFTER you talk. This allows you to have editing room, if you choose to edit.
Helpful tips for a good audition video:
• Please read the script beforehand. We need you to be prepared and as off-book as
• The wall behind you should ideally be white or blue. Try to position yourself a few feet
away from the wall to avoid shadows.
• Make sure the main light source comes from behind the camera, since you want the
viewer to be able to see your face clearly. (Don’t film in front of a window – this will
create a silhouette, not good for shooting.)
• Your camera should ideally sit on a tripod to maintain a steady image. If you don’t
have a tripod, make sure you can put the camera on a stable surface.
• Frame CHEST UP - not too much headroom. Make sure we can see your face.
• Record a test sample and see how it looks and sounds on the computer first to make
final adjustments before taping the scenes. If you can’t see or hear yourself well, we
won’t be able to either.
• Make sure your camera is positioned at eye level or slightly above. Do not shoot from
under your chin – no one looks good that way!
2) SHOOTING YOUR SLATE/INTERVIEW
THE SLATE - Please start with a close up and then widen out for a full body shot (top of head to toes). Again, make sure you do not chop off the top of your head. It is important that we see all of you. This is where you will SLATE (saying your name, age, where you live and if you are with an agency. If you don't have an agent, just leave that part off). This should be as if you are really introducing yourself in person. Keep this conversational.
Make your slate very natural, clear, slow and in your own personality. You are not "acting." You want to make it slow and clear so the Casting Director viewing the tape can identify you easily. During the slate, you may look into the camera.
After you slate, please frame the shot in close-up. This is a shot from your upper body and shoulders to the top of your head - please be careful not to cut off the top of your head. Your off-camera reader can then ask you the four interview questions.
Record your slate by answering these questions.
1. Your Name
2. Current Age and Birthdate
4. Where you currently live
During this portion, you should NOT do several takes. We want this to be very natural, unrehearsed and off-the-cuff. Please do not have anyone pre-read or rehearse the questions. This whole portion should take no more than a few minutes.
Again, start the camera recording for a few seconds BEFORE and AFTER you talk. This allows you to have editing room, if you choose to edit.
3) IDEAL ENCODING
Use MOV or MP4 with H.264 as the video codec and AAC for audio
Modern smart phones and many digital cameras will give you compatible video without adjustment. If you need to record with your smart phone, be sure to hold the phone so the screen is wider than it is tall.
Advanced Settings (optional)
FilesIdeally MOV or MP4
Frame Rate30 fps (frames per second)
Frame Size1280x720 for HD or 640x480 for standard definition
Bitrate5000kbps for HD or 1500kbps-2000kbps for standard definition
KeyframesEvery 60 frames (minimum)
InterlacingIf you have the option to de-interlace the video, please do so.
AudioStereo Audio with a 44.1kHz @ 16 Bits using the AAC codec
PassesMultiple pass encoding is recommended.