FLPA 191/291 Spring 2020 Audition Workshop

(0 Credit Audition Class for Theatre Concentration FLPA Majors)
This is separate from production auditions.

Spring 2020

FLPA F191/291 Audition Workshop

WHEN: Monday February 10, 2020. TIME: 6-8PM. All actors will be there the entire time.

 WHERE: Theatre/ Film Department Green Room (THEA 101)

 WHO: All FLPA majors registered for the FLPA 191/291, 0 credit Audition Workshop.

 WHAT: **CAMERA Auditioning Workshop** Professor Baker will share some pointers about the difference between Stage and On-Camera Auditions. Students will then go through a mock on-camera audition. Professor Baker will provide on-the-spot feedback, observable by all students.  

  • We will be using an audition side from the film You Can Count on Me, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. The scene is posted on Blackboard in the FLPA 191/ 291 class.
  • Please prepare one of the roles, Terry or Sammy. In the film, Sammy is female and Terry is male; prepare the role that best fits your gender identity. You can find more information about the film, character, and plot at: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203230/

Some pointers:

  • You will be asked to “slate” which is when the actor speaks into the camera and introduces herself and her audition piece or the role for which she is auditioning. Make sure to rehearse this slate. A typical slate would be (looking into the camera…the only time you ever look into the camera!): “Hi my name is ____________ and I a reading for the role of ___________.” Then take a moment to gather yourself and begin…don’t ask if we are ready, just begin when you are ready.
  • There will be a “mark” for you to stand on so that you are in frame for the camera.
  • What to wear: Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and that are appropriate for the side you have chosen, but also honor the formality of an audition (don’t come in sweats!). Avoid crazy-patterned shirts and make sure your hair is not in your face. Women should wear some make-up.
  • Remember that you will be on-camera, so you should not use a lot of big physical movements. The camera will be on a mid-shot of you (waist up).
  • The “reader” (actor who is reading the scene with you) will be to the side of the camera. Do not move toward the reader…stay in frame!

Have questions? Contact Professor Baker (ccbaker@alaska.edu)