Auditioning and self-taping for TV and film
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DRA028
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is an online interactive course on how to prepare and deliver self tapes across all styles and genres, including how to prepare for live audition processes and recalls.
Watch student testimonials: here.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
How to prepare for and deal with the technical requirements of auditioning in front of a camera. How to self-tape effectively.
We will cover:
• The practical requirements of self-taping.
• The subtle variations between taping for Film, Television and Commercials.
• Quick and effective delivery.
• Speed line learning for last minute auditions.
• The live audition process, what to expect and how to thrive in those conditions.
• Common mistakes made when taping and auditioning.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Use good acting technique to respond to the challenge of any script.
• Extract relevant information from character break-downs provided, to produce the character required for the audition.
• Critically and constructively assess performance.
• Handle the audition enviroment ably and with greater confidence
• Perform rehearsed scenes in an audition environment and self-tape effectively.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal if you have completed our screen acting classes or have equivalent experience elsewhere.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
• Show a practical understanding of Relationships, Motivation, Previous circumstances and Destinations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Online through discussion, practical presenting and Q & A. You will be working on real scripts supplied by the tutor and you will get to film and watch back audition scenes. You will get to self-tape, watch back, self-critique, and receive tutor feed back. You will be able to bring in your own audition pieces and film them.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pen would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Screen acting: advanced. Audition Ready or a general acting class. City Lit offers a wide range of courses in screen acting and television presenting, as well as more general courses in acting and theatre for actors at all stages of their development.
As an actor Gary has been a regular on British television since his debut role in Hollyoaks from 1999 to 2000. Various television roles followed, but he's probably best known for his two year stint as DC Paul Riley in ITV's The Bill. Various feature films were to follow along with various stage appearances including his role as Silver in the premiere run of Jim Cartwright’s acclaimed play ‘Hard Fruit’ at The Royal Court. Recent credits include co-leading Anders Banke's 'Enemy Lines' (2020), currently available on Sky Store and Apple TV, leading Cristian Solimeno’s acclaimed dark drama 'I made this for you' (2019) and appearing in international TV drama 'Giri Haji' (2019) for BBC 2 and Netflix. Upcoming films include 'Neil Monaghan's 'Election Night' which is due for release late 2020. Gary made his directorial debut with the multi-award winning ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ in 2010 and went on to direct feature film ‘Lighter’ for Solaris Productions. The awards for ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ include ‘Best film’ at the BAFTA hosted annual Film London awards, and ‘Best film’ at ‘The Okanagan International Film Festival’ in Canada.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.