Audition Videos (Follow-Up Poll)

Thank you all so much for your feedback on my Audition Videos post—your comments were very insightful! However, I must confess that I still have no idea what to do about the number of videos featured on our voting pages. Let's take a vote, shall we?


Option #1: Participants edit their final takes of their character's two Required Monologues together (along with their slate) for the Voting Cycle.

Pros: 
  • Having one video per person on our voting pages would be less intimidating for voters.
  • Voters would still have the benefit of viewing two contrasting monologues for each character.
  • Because many can people gauge the talent of an actor within seconds, the second monologue could serve as a potential tie-breaker for voters struggling to choose between several candidates.

Cons:
  • As Raina pointed out, Casting Directors are unlikely to watch more than a few seconds of your video. 
  • Many of you also stated that you wouldn't watch all the way until the end. (I've never required voters to do that, though—it shouldn't take more than 10-20 seconds to figure out how good of an actor someone is!)
  • Not all members have access to a video editor and would need to make arrangements with other members (i.e. swap a video edit for X number of critiques).

Option #2: Participants film and upload their final takes of their character's two Required Monologues separately. (A slate would be required for each.) Both are used for the Voting Cycle.

Pros:
  • Voters would continue to have the benefit of viewing two contrasting monologues for each character.
  • No editing required.
Cons:
  • Having two videos per candidate per character may intimidate and scare off potential voters.

Option #3: Participants film and upload their final takes of their character's two Required Monologues separately. (A slate would be required for each.) Only one—selected at random—is used for the Voting Cycle.

Pros:
  • Having one video per person on our voting pages would be less intimidating for voters.
  • Voters and Casting Directors will be able to gauge your talent quickly and may not even need to see a second video.
  • No editing required.
  • Easiest option for me! ;)
Cons:
  • Voters wouldn't have the benefit of viewing two contrasting monologues for each character.




Vote away!


8 comments:

  1. I voted for the first one because I like the idea of the cleanliness of just one video while still having two contrasting monologues. However, like I said, the casting directors most likely won't watch the whole thing, and since they don't know UBC well they might not know that there even are two monologues. Can we make it a requirement to say in the slate that we will be doing two contrasting monologues for anyone who might not know? It's not something you would do in a normal audition, but in a normal audition the casting directors know what scenes you're doing. Just a suggestion:)

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    1. I don't think adding that to the slate is necessary—I would simply establish that there are two scenes per video in the voting instructions!

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  2. CDs are used to seeing more than one scene on tape. They're not dumb--they'll see the length of the video and know that there are multiple scenes. They'll only stop watching if they don't think the person is right or good, so, in my opinion, I don't think there's a problem there.

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    1. I wasn't saying that they wouldn't know that there was more to the video, just that I've talked to a lot of casting directors about taped auditions and basically when they have a bunch of taped auditions they click through them ridiculously fast. Like, "Hi my name is" nope too quiet, "Hi, I'm.." not the right look, "Hi this is Natalie" hmm she might work, "I'm sixteen and 5'5. Lola, what are you doing?" nope not our acting style, etc. So just the chances of them ever getting to the second scene are slim. Even if they really like you they won't need to see more. The only time they make it far is if they like you but aren't sure if you could do another emotion so they watch the second scene. But that's more of a cautionary note for people making the videos to make it interesting from the beginning. That's part of the reason why I'm in California now. It's ridiculously hard to get cast through a taped audition. In a live audition they're kind of forced to see the whole thing hahahaha. I totally agree with you though that we should treat this like a real audition and edit the scenes together:)

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  3. I think there definitely need to be two monologues, as it makes it easier for people voting to compare peoples acting. For example, often I think that two or even three people are really good at doing one scene, and I don't know who to vote for, then I will look at the second video as a 'tie-breaker' of sorts. I didn't actually choose #1, but #2 instead. This is mainly because I agree with the cons listed for #1, but also because, while I do think we should be treating every voting cycle video like it will be seen by casting directors, however, they probably will not be watching all of them all the time, as opposed to the voters who will be watching them all the time. This is just personal preference, but as a voter I would like to see the two videos separately. Even taking into account casting directors seeing them, there will still be two takes that both have slates, so I think it would still be okay.

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  4. I think that the first option looks the most professional - the first thing you do when you get an agent is create a reel with all of your previous works.

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  5. I think that option 1 would be the most professional, but I don't know if it would work for everybody because of editing/importing problems. A lot of us know how to video edit, but there are probably those who don't know. Option 3 is pretty good, but I think that getting to see two different takes is helpful in deciding whether that person is fit for the character or not. So I'd say Option 2. (Although I voted Option 3 in the voting poll...oops.) I like how there's slates required. I always thought that having a slate would make it more realistic.

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