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How do I create a demo tape?

There are many providers on the Internet who can create a demo tape for you. We do not want to make recommendations here, but refer to the Google search. In the following, however, we will show you what you should pay attention to when creating a demo.

Of course, you can also create your own demo tape. Apple, for example, has a very good software called iMovie in the iLife package. For Windows XP users, for example, there is the free Windows Movie Maker. Basically, you can say that it pays to invest a few euros. After all, this is about your demo tape. If you have no experience with editing programs, we advise you not to dare to use Final Cut, Avid or similar professional programs as they are extremely complex.

What do I have to pay attention to when creating the content?

The quality of the cut-outs is important. The picture and sound should be so good that they can be broadcast on television without any problems. Casters watch many demo tapes every day and often a stale taste is left behind when the light is too dark or the sound is too low. The content is not about showing you in fifty different costumes (cool, thoughtful, funny, etc.). Show yourself. Casters want to see you, your type.

If you have scenes, e.g. from short films, you should only use them if they are well filmed and also have a good sound quality. If you do not have such material, the best thing to do is to do a short interview and film it: introduce yourself, state your name, your date of birth and tell about your career (drama school, career changer, etc.). We strongly advise against re-enacting well-known film scenes or recording theatrical performances on the tape.

If you have scenes, please pay attention to the following points:

1. Duration

Make absolutely sure that your demo tape is no longer than three to four minutes. Always imagine that you have to watch forty demo tapes of yours every day.

2. No elaborate or animated DVD menus

The menu is only a means to an end and not a creative playground. Many casters and directors are annoyed when they have to wait a long time before a menu item can be selected because an animation with your images "flies in". The complete film should be immediately available in the menu (without having to click through the sub-pages). The individual scenes can then possibly be individually selectable below this.

3. No intros

A compilation of your "Best Of" scenes is out of place here! Casters see a lot of tapes and want to see one thing quickly and easily: you - and which type you represent.

4. Selection of the scenes

The first impression is decisive. Take your strongest scenes at the beginning! Do not try to tell a story with the scenes, just line up scene after scene. The casters and directors are still interested in you and not in the film you played in. Also, think carefully about which scenes you are going to take. You determine your type yourself! If you cry in all of the scenes, you will likely get cast in that direction as well. It's about you, the type you embody and what you present of yourself. Do not make the mistake of saying that "they will then see that I can play and will then occupy me differently".

Many beginners also make the mistake of trying to tape highly emotional material such as screaming scenes, breakdowns, etc. Don't do that. An interview can be very meaningful.

5. Feedback

Show your material to other people, preferably before you start cutting and later on the various cuts you will make. Ask them which scenes to use and which not. When you are at the beginning of your job, you often lack the distance and you would like to immortalize every look and every gesture you have made on the demo tape. But this is not only unnecessary, in the worst case it is even counterproductive. Viewers, in this case casters, have a very trained eye and can usually classify them after a few seconds and save them in their heads.