Before the actual film production can commence, there is the pre-production process. It is in this stage that selecting film locations and casting are done. While working out shoot locations requires intense planning too, casting can be tedious and physically draining. The casting department has to exhaust all resources they have to look for that talent perfect for each role, even the smallest of the bunch.
Now as a casting director, you probably know that and have had your fair share of hardships as you try to seek fresh new faces for the project you’re working on. You choose schedules for casting and the venue for auditions. What should be considered and what should be avoided in order to complete auditions problem-free is something that you have grown accustomed to. What some directors fail to acknowledge, though, is the possibility that there could be a thousand talents out there who are equally deserving of the role but just cannot be there physically.
It is for this reason that online auditions exist. The Internet has made it possible for people with the same interests and goals yet separated by distance to meet on one platform. By allowing aspiring talents to audition for roles online has greatly helped in the casting process.
But how does one organize an online audition?
Helpful Tips for Holding Online Auditions
Online auditions are basically just the same with the traditional way of applying for a role, minus the travel and having to wait at the audition hall for hours. As a casting director, there are needs you have to meet to make sure the audition yields a satisfying and fulfilling result. Here are some tips for holding online auditions.
Lay down the qualifications properly
Make sure the qualifications are clearly stated. From the physical traits and the basic traits of the character, describe the characters to be played properly, clear enough for the talent to know for themselves if they can play the part.
Provide a monologue
When Morgan Creek Productions announced that they will be producing a film about the late Tupac Shakur, online auditions immediately started. To make sure they get the right guy for the role, they gave a courtroom monologue every applicant must read and act out in the five-minute video they submit.
One of the most important tips for holding online auditions is to provide a monologue for your applicants. If you are looking for a singer to play a role in a musical film, you can give them a specific song that they can try to belt out. Or if you are looking for someone who can play a lawyer in a legal drama, you can provide a short exchange to be used in one of the intense courtroom scenes.
Make media sharing easy and convenient
When talking about online auditions, audition video is the very first thing a talent will think of. Now how they make the audition video is up to them. What you can do, though, is make media sharing easier and more convenient for your applicants. Pay attention to every detail including the size and the length of the clips they can share.
Advertise the audition
Get the word out. There are many ways you can do this. Email marketing, social media marketing, or putting up Web banners are just few of the many types of online advertising you can take advantage of to let more people know about the audition. The more you advertise the audition online, the bigger the chance you’ll get the turnout you need.