The 2020 Atlanta Unifieds is now happening through video submissions. Your audition video will be uploaded onto a custom made database that allows the Auditors to see your resume, headshot and video on one platform. 

Below are the requirements for your video submission. Please read carefully and follow the tips and tricks to ensure your submission is the best it can be.

We are following the EXACT SAME REQUIREMENTS for the package you were ready to present for your live audition. The Deadline for video submissions is May 6th 2020 at 11:59PM.

 

Equity Actor’s Video Requirements:

In 2 minutes Equity Actors must: 

  • Slate their name and audition number in the beginning of the video (we will allow 5-10 additional seconds for your slate)
  • Present two monologues or one monologue and a song.

Non-Equity and Recent Grad Actor’s Video Requirements:

In 90 Seconds Non-Equity and Recent Grad Actors must:

  • Slate their name and audition number in the beginning of the video (we will allow 5-10 additional seconds for your slate)
  • Present two monologues or one monologue and a song.

 

Alternates who were given a slot prior to postponement, your slot and number will remain the same. Please use this in your slate.

Alternates who were not slotted prior to postponement, your information and video will still be displayed just the same as all slotted actors. In your slate, state your name and that you are an “alternate”. 

Cancelled Actors who were selected to audition, your information and video will still be displayed just the same as non cancelled actors. You will not have a number though as it was given to someone else. In your slate, state your name and that you are an “accepted actor with no number”. 

Once you make your video, you will need to upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and then submit it to us using the email we have from you on file. 

Click Here to Upload Your Video

 

Strongly suggested tips and tricks for making your video (PLEASE READ):

We understand that making a professional audition video may not be as simple as pointing and shooting. Here are some key things to consider when creating your audition video for best quality possible.

  • The Finished Product:
      1. Check out this demo audition graciously made for us from Atlanta-based Actor/Director/Arts Administrator Cory Phelps! He is doing a Non-Equity audition. Click Here for Demo Video
      2. If you are interested in Cory for additional audition coaching for your Unifieds audition video, you can reach email him at Cphelps3507@gmail.com.
  • The Camera:
      1. You do not need an high definition camera to make a good video. Most smartphones have enough capability to record in a high enough quality to make you look good. 
      2. If you are using your smartphone, be sure to use the back camera and not the selfie camera. That is the better quality one on most phones. 
      3. Use a stand or a helper to position the camera in the best way for filming. Make sure that the camera is still and is shooting straight on. 
      4. Use the landscape mode (sideways) and not vertical “Instagram” style. Many of these casting directors will watch these on computers and you are wasting valuable “real estate” if you film vertically.
  • The “Set”:
      1. You do not need a set (or props) for your audition. Your best bet is to keep things as simple as possible by making sure nothing is in the video but you.
      2. Your background needs to be a solid color behind you. While greys, blues and muted colors work best, you can use black or white as well. Make sure your clothing does not blend in with the color you use behind you and avoid colors with red in them. 
      3. A clean wall (free of posters or artwork), hung up sheet or solid color canvas behind you should work fine.
  • Lighting:
      1. Lighting can make or break your video as Auditors need to see you clearly. Make sure the lighting you use is even across your face and the frame. Run several film tests beforehand to make sure you are not creating strange shadows on yourself. 
      2. You can use natural light. Try to find a space where you can use light from a window that hits your face straight on (and not on the side or an odd angle). Consider the time of day you want to shoot to ensure the best lighting outcomes.
      3. Using clamp lamps or working lights can also make for good lighting.
      4. Do not backlight yourself. If your light source is on your back, Auditors will not be able to see your face. Do not stand with a window or your light source behind while filming.   
  • Audio:
      1. If you are singing or have dialogue with intense volume fluctuations, think about the best ways you can capture that clearly in your filming. 
      2. If you have an external microphone like a lavalier or boom mic, that can create better sound clarity in your video. 
      3. AirPods and headphones with inline mics might sound great or not. It is highly recommended to do video tests with all of the mic options you have and listen back to yourself. You may find the built-in mic from your camera is better than your other alternatives.
      4. If you range greatly in your volume or have a huge belting voice, it is possible to distort the audio if you are too close to your camera or mic source. Play around how to send your voice away or towards the mic or camera, especially during louder singing/acting. 
      5. Do not let your music overpower your voice, because you put the music player next to your audio recording device. Strategically place your music player when filming.
      6. Before you film consider the room you are in for sound. Does it have hard floors  and thus produce echos? Does it have possible noise-bleed from outside (trains, cars, people walking and talking, etc).
  • Body Placement:
      1. We want to see more than just your face, but do not need to see your whole body. Record in a medium shot or a mid shot (a shot framing the top of your head to your hip). That way, auditors can see how you use your body while acting and are still close enough to see your facial expressions clearly.
      2. You can look directly into the camera during your slate, but consider where your eyeline would be if you were doing your package on stage. On camera, your eyeline should be as close to the camera as possible (as if you were speaking to someone just behind or to the left/right of the lense). Know where your characters are in space (block them) as you act and do not speak to them in a profile stance. 
      3. No matter what you do, do not look down.
  • Music:
      1. If you choose to sing a song, you will need some accompaniment. Do not accompany yourself as there are many other options you can choose from. 
      2. You can have a friend, roommate or family member accompany you. Please note that we are not suggesting you meet up with anyone during the COVID-19 social distancing period. Only work with people you already live with.
      3. You can find music online for accompaniment to play while you sing. There are several sites online that provide these resources and here are a few suggestions:
        1. Accompanist App
        2. Youtube.com
        3. Andrewbyrne.com
        4. https://pianotrax.com/
      4. You can request a custom track from an accompanist to create for you to play while you sing. Here is a link to a list of music directors who would love to work with you: Music Directors/Accompanists
      5. Make sure you practice singing to the accompanied song for correct tempo and pitch with the song. Do a volume check with your video to make sure your voice is heard clearly over the music.
      6. Do not edit your voice for pitch or any kind of enhancement. This will disqualify your video.
  • Transitions and Editing:
      1. Minimize cuts and transitions. Using many cuts will make your video appear like you made a lot of mistakes or have enhanced your performance in an unnatural way. Strategize where you will use a cut (should be during a transition) and if you need it at all. 
      2. We will not accept heavily edited videos with filters, excessive cut shots, sound enhancements, etc. Video must show you as you are.  
      3. Figure out how you want to transition from monologue to song or how to start and end the video ahead of time. Remember, you can edit out turning on the camera and turning off the camera to save you valuable time.
  • Uploading Your Video Online:
      1. You can use youtube and vimeo to upload your video (if you would like to use another service, please contact us at unifieds@c4atlanta.org to make sure that company is compatible with our upload form).
      2. Both YouTube and Vimeo have the ability to make your video “unlisted”. This means you must have a link to access the video. If you would like to keep your audition video private, use this option. Do not make your video password protected as it will not show up on our database.
  • Last Things to Remember:
    1. Do a tester video and watch it!!! Do not just film and upload without watching it a few times to make sure nothing is wonkey. Don’t forget to watch the uploaded version as well as the uploaded version could have errors in it.
    2. Be yourself and be present! Don’t forget your personality on video. Auditors want to know how amazing you are going to be to work with!
    3. We are here for you! Some of you will find this to be an easy process and some of you will not. Please reach out to us at unifieds@c4atlanta.org if there is anything that is preventing you from creating your audition video. We are expecting your questions!

We want to give special thanks to Jody Feldman and the Alliance Theatre team, Jennifer Jenkins with the Perimeter College Clarkston campus of GSU, Cory Phelps with Serenbe Playhouse and Actor Nick Caruso! These folks contributed to the tips and tricks that we hope you will find helpful as you plan your audition video!