HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
When I decided to become a professional actor, the very first class I took was an Audition Bootcamp. The instructor had us go through the entire audition process including walking into the room.
I hit my mark and said, “Now what?"
“Now you slate.”
“What’s a slate?”
LOL! I’ve come a long way since my initiation days, but I truly had no clue what a slate was. Now I feel like I spend 40% of my auditions worrying about the slate.
Slate Struggles Are Real:
Once I got my self-taping studio together, I didn’t realize how involved taping an audition slate would be. I was also surprised to see all of the various slate requests I received. I guess I assumed there was a standard slate. Not so, Actor Boss.
Full body slate shots became my primary self-taping hassle. In this post, I’ll breakdown how to save yourself tons of time self-taping your full body shots.
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WHY ACTORS DREAD THE FULL BODY SHOT
If you're self-taping an audition at home, I'm guessing that you also hate resetting your studio to get the dreaded full body shot each time. Why is there no universal standard for slating?!
You may be surprised at how often you'll audition alone or via video, leaving you to shoot the full body shot yourself. That means no zooming or panning plus resetting your camera and lights. This. Takes. Time.
I solved this problem by saving all of my full body shots and slates to my phone. Now I can just pop whichever one I need into my audition video. However, this isn't as straight forward as it sounds. There are a few tips and tricks you should apply to make those shots easier to use.
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