1. Recording format
You do not have to record your audition with a professional camera. It can be recorded on your mobile phone. The important thing is that you are heard and seen clearly.
IMPORTANT: If you are using your phone to record, please ensure that the camera is not in ‘High Efficiency’ mode. You should be able to check this in your phone’s camera settings. For iPhone users, you will need to switch on ‘Most Compatible’ mode.
2. Set up
You can use a stand or surface, or have someone hold the phone/camera for you.
Do not look directly into the camera, but just to one side; to the left or right (if it helps, you can place a chair or mark to be your focal point). If someone is holding the phone/camera for you, you can perform to them, or a third person, to visualise whom you are addressing as either another character or the audience.
If using your mobile phone, shoot in landscape, NOT portrait.
You should record both your pieces as a continuous shot – first one, and then the other.
In mid shot (waist up – leave a little head room) start by saying your name, applicant number (e.g. A12345), and tell us which pieces you will be performing (character, title, and author/composer).
Then present your first piece in mid-shot frame.
Adjust your position so you are now in long shot (entire body in frame) and perform your second piece. This is an opportunity embody the expressive range of the character
Keep in mind that we must be able to hear and see you clearly. So please take note of the following.
Try to record against a plain, light background, with no harsh shadows behind you. Avoid busy, distracting images, and ‘hard’ colours like green and red. Ideally, the background should be plain.
Do not sit directly in front of a window. A window in front of your face and behind the camera will work better. You can also use additional lighting, like the torch light from your phone, stand lamps, or bedside lamps. Avoid hard or awkward shadows
Check the space you have chosen to record in for sound disturbances. This could involve closing any windows, turning off any devices playing music in the background, air-conditioning, noise/talking/cooking sounds from a nearby room.
3. Finishing and submitting your self-tape
- Review your recordings to pinpoint areas to improve on, including sound/visual quality. Have a break and then repeat the process. As a general rule, try not to film more than three takes.
- You will not be timed, but you should aim to keep to the time limits noted in the application.
- When you are happy, upload your video to YouTube, making sure it is unlisted. This means only people with the link can view your audition.
- Your video description should include your name and NIDA Applicant number (e.g. A12345).
- Only upload one submission.
Click here for instructions on how to upload your video audition to YouTube.