Acting on Camera Training – “Successful Self Tapes”


This simple self tape course will help take the anxiety out of creating you own self tapes. By the time you leave, you’ll be a self tape professional so you can concentrate on what you do best – acting.


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COURSE DATE: 11th December             Running Time: 5pm – 8pm  

Location: The Telsen Studio, Aston, Birmingham B6 4TN

Acting on Camera is a series of courses for actors of all levels who want to develop their career in front of the camera.

Pocket Pictures offers a premium self tape service which has been used by leading actors and agencies including: Curtis Brown, Brave Artist Management, Conway van Gelder Grant, Gilchrist Management (Australia) and locally Alan Sharman.

We understand that no matter what the level of your acting skills, self taping (self tapes) is tricky to get right. You’re being asked to play the role of camera person and director to your own performance and that’s not easy.

This simple evening course will help you to understand what casting agents and directors are looking for in your self taped audition. Once you’ve seen the techniques involved you’ll be able to build you own simple setup and filming routine. That leaves you free to concentrate on what you best – acting!

The breakdown of this 3 hour session is:

  1. Filmed Auditions. How to prepare for and handle filmed auditions (auditions on camera), cold reading and/or preparation.
  2. Scripts. The important differences between theatre, TV and films scripts – decoding what’s in the audition script
  3. Self Tapes. How to create the right light and sound to make yourself look and sound completely professional.

Everyone will get a chance to film a piece of their own and if you have a self tape due at the time of the course, then bring it along and we can shoot it.

The course is mostly theory and will be split approximately 75% theory (videos and discussion) and 25% hands-on training, in front of a camera. Time: 5 pm – 8 pm with a break.

A maximum of 7 people will attend each session, and each session will be approx. 3 hrs. Coffee, tea, mince pies, and wifi are provided for this Christmas session.

10% of the price of this course goes to help my friends at WYCE Gambia who are working hard to change the lives of people in Madina Salam. You can find out more at:

Email the course tutor Mark Alexander Todd



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