It’s My Shout Productions Ltd specialises in producing short films for television and screen. Every year they produce up to 30 short films for BBC Wales, UK Film Council and the Arts Council of Wales, to name a few.
For each production; they work closely with other companies, community associations, drama groups, primary schools, as well as further education & higher education establishments, to find the best new talent in Wales.
It is now their tenth year and they are looking to make a series of six films for BBC Wales. They are working with different partners across Wales to produce this summer’s ‘Made in Wales’ series of short films.
I saw that they were advertising open auditions for actors, and decided to head on down to the Barry YMCA to see what it was all about. I think that It’s My Shout is an excellent idea, offering opportunities to people who wouldn’t usually have them. It’s a brilliant way to get young people involved and offer skills to others who are interested in the industry. I will definitely be looking to get involved with these projects if I am able.
Well, what can I say? I have a problem. I cannot stop myself buying notebooks. I love them. I have designated ones: ones for certain projects; ones for general writing; ones for planning; I just got to have notebooks.
A few years ago, I found that I am one of those people who have to write everything down. Having plenty of notebooks is then a good thing for me, isn’t it? I always keep a notebook in my bag, so that I am always ready for any ideas that pop into my head. I even write my blogs in my notebook if I am not by a computer.
Alice Fulton once said:
“Working notebooks are reassuring because it’s easier to start from something rather than nothing. In notebooks, writers feel free to be awkward or polished, silky or sullen. To try opinions without commitment: without anyone watching. Notebooks are dedicated to a perpetual sketchiness, and that’s their charm.”
The moral of the story is, notebooks are incredibly handy and integral to a writer or creator. - That’s why I just bought myself another one!
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Well, I have just come out if my first proper screen casting (if you don’t count when I was 11 auditioning for Black Colt).
This morning, Peter Wooldridge called me, asking if I was available to make it to a casting that afternoon. The call came in at about 11ish and they wanted me there for 12:20. It was a challenge. This is what they meant by some times auditions come at very short notice.
Of course, when making it to a casting, one must always aim to arrive early. It was pretty challenging to get changed, ready, and jump in the car to make it there on time, but I did it. We do it because we have to! I got there with plenty of time to look at the script and gather composure before I went in.
I have to admit, I was pretty nervous. It looked as though a lot of people had been given specific characters and dressed accordingly. My outfit, however, was neutral enough, considering even though I had learnt four of the parts, I was still asked to read the one I didn’t look at. Nerves can be a good thing though. All actors say that with a little bit of nerves, we give decent performances.
When it came to the actual audition, five of us were asked to enter the room, and sit on the side watching until it was our turn to read. It was very straight forward and quick. I was given an eye line, and told what to say, and then told ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’. The woman casting was lovely though. She allowed a few tries with little directions and really put you at ease.
I just had to remember everything that Gideon Emery had others had told me:
Make decisions and commit to them.
Don’t focus on why you need the job or anything else than what you are doing in that room at that time. Live in the moment.
Forget about it. If you are not toooo worked up about getting the job (this does not mean don’t be passionate about the role!) then you can just concentrate on what you are doing. Once you have done your best, release it and the universe will take care of the rest.
So now, it is time to follow the third rule and seeing what happens. It was a brilliant experience. Any audition is good for me to learn from so I am just glad I had the opportunity to even have a casting so that I can learn more. We shall see.
So, after making the Sweeney Todd DVDs, my next job was to film the Drama practicals for the GCSE and A-Level exams. I have to say, it was a much smoother job than the musical. This time, I filmed on the best camera I could have, and was able to edit in one night using Adobe Premier Pro.
The DVDs were made within a day and in the classes for sale the following lesson. Was a good experience and I think that everyone was very grateful to have the chance to have their exams on tape. Next year, I will be able to do all these DVDs again and to a much better standard. I look forward to it!