Walking Required In A Self Tape

My daughter (12) is self taping for a film and one of the scenes requires her to be walking along in a crowd and reacting to others. How does she tackle that? Any suggestions very gratefully received! Thank you


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John Joseph
Actor

Go shopping and use the crowds, film landscape on your iphonyou get to have fun at the same time. :)
The closer you make the tape to what they have requested, the better your chances of landing the job. They have an idea in their head, you make that idea a reality and Voila!


  • 6 days ago
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Thank you, I did think about going outside would the noise not be very distracting?


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John Joseph
Actor

I think the main thing they would be looking for is your daughters reactions to the crowd and how she looks within the crowd, compared to the scene the casting director has in their head.
Does the tape state dialougoue for this particular scene? If not then it is most likely what they are after.


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Toni Brooks
Actor

These things are mad. In a lot of cases, actors don’t have access to someone to film for them. Pretty tricky if it’s just you to film the scene hope your daughter gets the part x


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John Joseph
Voice Over: English

It can be argued that we shouldn’t be putting so much effort into an audition, but in this day and age, we must work harder and smarter if we want to progress. If we don’t you can guarantee someone else will, and that someone else will land the role.
Work harder than everyone else and success will surely follow.


  • 5 days ago
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Toni Brooks
Actor

Hi John, not necessarily so. I rushed a self-tape because I had so much on and got the part. In others, that I've spent a lot of time and effort on, I haven't been successful. Mostly, it depends on whether you have the look or sound they have in mind. Of course we generally take our time and do the best we can - that wasn't the point of my post - my point is that sometimes, casters want you to do things which are tricky and convoluted and very difficult if there is only one of you.


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John Joseph
Actor

Very true Toni, ultimately if you dont fit the look then it doesnt matter what you do, the part will always go to the right person in the end, sometimes we are the part, other times we're the closest fit, but we never really know and thats the trickiest part.


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Toni Brooks
Actor

I must say prefer being ion the room as that way, you can be directed to maker different choices - so. much more satisfying and almost like being in a job :-)


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John Joseph
Actor

Oh for sure! we have no way to practice our nerve handling skills at home!


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Toni Brooks
Actor

That. made me laugh John :-) Have a great day x


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Hi all, I had a similar query. I am quite new to this platform (as obviously you can tell from my non professional headshot!) I have viewed some script for a self-tape audition that requires at least 2 other readers and also some actions/ moving around. Do I need to set this up properly for the self tape, or is it ok to record my own part so they can see my acting and keep the rest of it simple? Do I absolutely have to have other people read the other parts? many thanks in advance x


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Toni Brooks
Actor

Hi Joanna, there are a couple of things you can do. If you film on your phone you can zoom with a friend who can read the parts for you to respond to. Just bear in mind you’d need to have in your mind where these people would be placed so you look at two different people - and obviously not at where the voice is actually coming from. It depends on the action but you can sort of cheat it if it’s say doing something like phoning, making a drink or coffee or looking round an outside space. If you have the space you can go from mid to close up. It’s best to film against a plain background unless specifically asked otherwise. Hope that helps. X


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Hi Toni and thanks so much for responding. This is helpful thank you, I hadn't thought of using zoom. Jo x


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Toni Brooks
Actor

No probs Jo. It's stuff you learn as you go along. x


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