- At 7pm each day (in your own time zone) you and the entire group will be emailed an audition piece with a particular filming challenge, along with tips on how to self-tape that piece from a technical point of view.
- Your task is to interpret the role, learn the lines, film your self-tape using the guidelines provided and to upload the file by 7pm the next day.
- Repeat for 10 days, with a different filming challenge each day, until you are confident that you’ll be able to tackle any filming scenario that a casting director can throw at you.
- Manuel will be on hand to give you feedback each day, and at the end of the course each participant is eligible to a 10 minute one-to-one Skype call where you can discuss anything you like.
We think this will give you the best shot at being able to read the material, come up with an interesting take on the character, learn the lines, think about how you want to film the scene, sleep on it – and then find the time to tape it the next day. We appreciate it is a quick turnaround, but most real-world auditions or self-tape requests follow this kind of schedule. If you can handle this you can handle anything.
Can You Interact With The Other Participants?
Yes, just like in the 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge we encourage a strong community spirit.
You’ll be able to view each others self-tapes and offer words of encouragement, support and constructive criticism in a private and safe environment (all footage is hosted on a secure, password protected site). You’ll see auditions from a casting director’s point of view – you will watch multiple actors’ approaches to the same role, allowing you to explore what creative choices they made with regards to the character, their delivery, their clothing and use of props. You’ll learn what works in a self-tape.Plus, you will have a chance to see first-hand the technical approach that other actors are taking – their lighting set ups, camera choices, what software they use to edit. All of this information is shared and discussed, tips and techniques exchanged.
The course invites collaboration. You are able to start your own discussions on any topics you find interesting, or ask any questions of the group – who usually come from all over the world with their own opinions and unique experiences. We want you to be there for each other.
It is easy to share photos, videos and chats safely and securely within the system – you’ll never have to share your contact details with anyone unless you want to.
What Kind Of Material Will You Receive?
The audition pieces have been carefully selected from film, tv and other works and each will have it’s own filming challenge. We start with simple set-ups (these still have to be framed correctly!) and move to more complex scenarios involving your character’s movement, actions and interacting with multiple characters.
We hope that you’ll be inspired to get the Acting Habit by taking the 10-Day Self-Tape Masterclass and look forward to seeing you on the course – thank you for reading!
Manuel and the Puro Casting Team, 2017
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What are actors saying about the The Self-Tape Masterclass?
“This course was excellent. I was apprehensive about how I’d cope with finding the time around auditons and work but it just made me more efficient. It made me realise that all you need is a routine and a deadline and you make it happen! I’ve learnt immense amounts about self-taping from both the technical and performance perspectives through the detailed feedback given and through watching other people’s self-tapes on the course. I feel much more confident than I did before when getting auditions at very short notice.” Julia Taylor
“I wish I’d done this course sooner! A gem of an opportunity to see how different actors approach the same text as they would for a screen audition. Observing myself on camera in different roles for 10 days straight combined with daily feedback has helped my confidence and ability immensely! I would recommend this to any actor, no matter their experience. And all from the comfort of my living room!” Lucy Aarden
“This course was brilliant! It has been such a pleasant discovery seeing how training everyday makes the difference. I also learnt a lot about technical skills. Watching other truly creative actors is inspiring and the environment is so friendly and supporting.
I’m feeling more confident and ready for the tough challenges.” Helena Antonio
“The challenge may at first seem daunting, but in reality it is a lot of fun. It was hugely beneficial to see first hand the many different interpretations of the same text, and have access to constructive criticism each day. Many thanks for the course Manuel, and opening the somewhat secretive world of self-taping up to us all. It was a really enjoyable experience.” Nathan Hamilton
“I found the Self-tape Masterclass incredibly helpful. I feel so much more confident in both the technical framing and the performance style needed for self tapes. The community with the other actors taking part was very helpful and supportive too. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who feels nervous and apprehensive about their self tapes!” Rosa French
“A great concept that really engages and improves you on all levels. Teaching you to manage your time efficiently around all your other work, good technical tips and guidance that is invaluable. I felt my line learning speed improve significantly day to day. Great detailed feedback and interesting to see and learn from other peoples interpretations. I will be recommending this to my friends” Oliver Norfolk
“Thank you so much for the incredibly helpful course! Such a great initiative. I learnt so much by watching my colleague’s tapes but also from trying the variety of genres and technical challenges. I already became quicker at prepping and recording my self-tapes, they look and sound much better, and, most importantly, I also feel much more relaxed while recording.” Judith Georgi
“Manuel’s self-tape challenge is a great idea. Good self-taping is a skill and what better way to master it than in this environment. The timed release of scripts, the 24hr turnaround and the group of peers encourage you to push yourself; and with Manuel’s insightful feedback you’ll improve tape after tape. I highly recommend it.” James Ford
“This 10 days has been invaluable. I cannot recommend this course enough. I am used to self taping for my managers in LA and even they commented on seeing the difference in my self tapes. The 24 hour turnaround makes an actor work to a deadline, and aids with line learning and being technically savvy. Thank you for all the insightful comments and advice Manuel. ” Will Bowden