The making of a self-tape

You’re going to find it harder and harder to avoid the “self-tape”, the screen test you film yourself and send to casting directors who work on the other side of France, Europe or the world, or just down the road from you.

You know how to prepare for a screen test (if you’ve completed the module on the subject), but now you have to do more. This web conference covers everything you need to know to ace your self-tape, beyond the technical aspects (which we will go over, obviously).

Who?

For all actors around the world.

Why?

  • To make a self-tape that will catch casting directors’ attention.
  • To be regularly called back by casting directors

What?

  • What a casting director expects from your self-tape: that’s the question when you receive screen tests to film. Whether there’s a description of the character or not, beyond seeing you “acting”, what’s the point of self-tapes?
  • Your pitch: here we provide a few suggestions so that you can develop several approaches, frame them and choose the ones that are right for you.
  • Staging, props, framing: you have some room for manoeuvre, and it’s important to know the boundaries for promoting yourself.
  • Being supported: you can of course film your self-tape yourself. After all, that’s why it’s called a “self”-tape. But there are some benefits to getting help.
  • Your appearance: a sensitive area most of the time and this is no exception! Often, it’s specified what’s expected of you. Here too, we see what room for manoeuvre you have.
  • During the shoot: recording a self-tape doesn’t need a film studio or full technical team. But there are some technical tricks worth knowing to maximize your chances.
  • The file to be sent: the edit (where appropriate), weight, format, titling… just some of the details that shouldn’t be overlooked.