On-Camera Audition Workshop | Week 2


Audition Technique: Packaging and creating a technique for a job.

Be a collaborator

- understand the director's work, his/her style, and do a good job in audition

- look up previous work of the same kind

- understand how he/she wants this role to live in this world.

It is the director, not the casting director, that gives you the job.  The casting agency just helps the director to find talent, but the ultimate decision is made by the director.

As shown by three bullet points, you need to do a lot of research after you know about what and whose work you are auditioning for, and then decide how to do this character.  For example, some directors prefer an understated style of acting, and some prefer there is "more" to it.

You need to decide (if you are given the script beforehand):

- Where am I? (Country, city, specific location, atmosphere, etc,)

- Who am I talking to? (Your relationship, the person's status, etc.)

- What's going on?

Tips on screen acting:

- Don't go to (lean forward, step forward, etc.) the camera, the camera will come to you.
  Pull a string at your back when the stake rises.  The more intense it is, the more you need to hold yourself backwards.  The camera will come close to capture the changes on your face and your body.  Don't be so eager to "show".

- The more complicated the line is, the less deliberate effort you put into it.  People don't realize "I'm gonna say something very complicated/has a lot of deeper meaning" when they actually speak.


From my own perspective, on-camera acting requires a higher level of being naturalistic, but it doesn't bother me that much.  (Things like whispering and small facial expressions may not work on stage, but they can be easily picked up on camera.  This is interesting to think about.)  I can comfortably "tone down" after doing the lines a few times.  Carl's directions are really really helpful when we were working on our individual takes.

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