Sample Actor Audition Forms Needed

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Kayhan Boncoglu, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. Hello all,

    I am holding auditions for an indie dv feature and I need some sample
    audition forms (forms that I ask people to fill out prior to them
    auditioning). The thing is that I plan to videotape the entire evening so I
    suspect that I will need some sort of release statement on the form (a
    statement that gives me permission to videotape them). Please email me any
    forms samples (in PDF or Word DOC format) or web sites suggestions at:

    Kayhan Boncoglu, Sep 2, 2003
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  2. Kayhan Boncoglu

    PTRAVEL Guest

    Why do you think you need a release to videotape them? All you're going to
    do is review the videos later to decide who you want to cast, right?
    Generally, it's commercial use of someone's image that triggers the need for
    a release

    Back in the days when I was acting professionally, I was frequently
    video-taped, Polaroided, etc. at auditions, and I never signed any release
    (perhaps SAG and AFTRA's agreements already covered something like that, but
    I don't think so).
    PTRAVEL, Sep 2, 2003
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  3. Kayhan Boncoglu

    Larry Jandro Guest

    It would be a good idea to get a release.

    For example; the talent later becomes famous. Shooter would like to
    sell or use the audition tape for commercial purposes.

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  4. Kayhan Boncoglu

    DK Guest

    I always videotape auditions, and I've never used a release. Frankly, any
    actor who doesn't want to be videotaped at an audition doesn't need the
    part. Unless you are planning on using the audition footage later, there is
    no need for a release.

    BTW, look from the actors perspective - I would be rather suspicious if I
    went to an audition and were asked to sign a release. Might it be possible
    that someone is planning to use my audition footage without compensating me
    in some way?

    Maybe I'm a bit jaded from being around Hollywood proper for so long, with
    all its scams, but that's something I would at least be cautious about as an

    As to forms - really, about all you would need is name and phone number, and
    most of that you should have on the headshots. Usually, I just use a
    3-column document with "Time" as the first column, "Name" as the second, and
    "Phone" as the third. Have them slate to the camera so you have a name
    stated, as well as their image (MANY actors don't look like their pictures
    when they come in!) to match up to your records.
    DK, Sep 3, 2003
  5. Kayhan Boncoglu

    Steve King Guest

    If you are auditioning SAG or AFTRA actors, there is a required audition
    sign-in form that those unions can provide. In addition to scheduled time,
    actual time reported, and time finished with the audition, there are
    additional columns for data gathering on gender, ethnicity, age, etc.

    Steve King

    Steve King
    Steve King, Sep 3, 2003
  6. Kayhan Boncoglu

    DK Guest

    Of course, if you're auditioning SAG actors, you would be SAG signatory and
    SHOULD have the forms and other information you need. If you're not
    signatory, then it doesn't matter, even if the actor IS a member.
    DK, Sep 3, 2003
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