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Do I Use a Fancy Camera during my Casting Session?

August 19, 2016

Often times, casting directors will ask us what type of cameras they need to conduct a casting session.  We typically tell them that a standard HD camera that either offers 720 or 1080 DP resolution is more than adequate.  

 

But wait- a casting director may ask- isn't the entire world using high resolution cameras like RED Scarlets and Cannon 5ds in their productions?  Why then wouldn't we want to use these cameras during a typical casting session? 

 

While the utilization of high resolution cameras are wonderful during the actual shooting of a commercial, a short film, or a feature film, we find that the standard HC cameras are typically able to adequately capture the facial expressions and vocal inflections of an actor during an audition which will provide enough information to a casting director in order to make a casting decision.  Simply put, at the end of the day, a casting director simply needs to assess an actor's holistic performance, rather than scrutinize picture quality or video resolution during an audition performance. 

 

And the current spate of HD cameras on the current market certainly allow a typical filmmaker to capture everything they need to know about an actor's performance long before the first day of shooting is scheduled.  Our advice?  Take a minimalist approach to filming auditions.  Focus on performance over video resolution.  And wait to unpack your RED scarlet on your first day of filming.  

 

 

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