Online Masterclass: Self-Tape An introduction to the art of self-taping


Online Masterclass: Self-Tape

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Beginners and Intermediate

  • Dates and time

    Sunday 18 February 2024, 10:00–17:00

  • Location


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The Online Masterclass: Self-Tape is designed to equip actors with the tools and skills to create self-tapes for auditions, whether for professional roles or for drama schools. This course will support you in pursuing your career as an actor, armed with the toolkit to produce high-quality self-tapes that showcase your acting skills to audition panels. Over seven hours, the Masterclass will cover aspects such as equipment, framing, lighting, sound and character preparation.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The support and feedback available from your tutor will help you develop your skills and confidence in creating self-tapes for auditions.

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Course Outline

This session is perfect for actors looking to boost their success rate, as well as those auditioning for drama school courses that require a self-tape.

The workshop will run from 10:00 to 17:00 and will focus on the following topics:Β 

  • Appropriate equipment types and usage,
  • Techniques for framing and lighting your scene.
  • Understanding how surrounding environments affect sound quality.
  • Character preparation through textual analysis.
  • How to effectively use a scene partner for support or fake one when alone.
  • Guidelines for submitting a self-tape and receiving feedback.
  • Do’s and don’ts for successful self-taping.

The course will take place on Google Meet.

Course Leader

Jyuddah Jaymes graduated from BOVTS in 2018 and has grown a number of TV credits, currently seen in the spaghetti western series Django (Sky/Canal+), the third season of Sanditon for ITV/Masterpiece (PBS) where he reprised his season 1 role of Otis Molyneux, and the Idris Elba led thriller Hijack for Apple TV+. His film work includes playing legendary Olympic athlete Jesse Owens in the new film Boys in the Boat (MGM) directed by George Clooney, as well as working opposite Josh Hartnett in the film Fight or Flight which will be out later this year. Other credits include playing Aubrey in BBC Drama Clique, Sky’s comedy series Brassic and ITV’s Grantchester.

Last year, Jyuddah was also played Tybalt in Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Almeida Theatre, as well as ‘AJ’ in the Bristol Old Vic production of ‘CHOIR BOY’ directed by Nancy Medina and written by Oscar award-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney which finished in November.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student