Acting : Self tapes by Slava Babenkov

Slava Babenkov

Self tapes

Hi everyone, I have a question. How do you make self tapes with action scenes? With moving, jumping, shooting, etc. Do you do all that actions or you concentrate only on lines and trying to minimize actions? For example, I have two-three pages of the scene, but there are only 3-4 lines, other is actions and lines of other charecters. Thanks!

Matthew J. Kaplan

Hi Slava, I recommend concentrating on the lines. If it feels right, leave room for those actions and show them through facial expressions, but in general, a CD is not looking for you to do those actions on your self-tape. If possible, get someone to read with you, to cover those other lines. Of course, this is based on my experiences in NYC, so you might want to also talk with someone near you. All the best! Matt

Slava Babenkov

Thank you, Matthew!

James Scott

Shoot mid to long shot in 4K, then you can crop, pan, and zoom as much as a 720p little window of original to simulate that you have camera movement.

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