In this workshop, we'll take you through all the technical sides of a self-tape, to get them looking the best they can at any budget!

  • Gain the essential knowledge on lighting, sound and camera so you can make your tapes look and sound their best on a budget

  • Import, edit and deliver your audition using iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Equipment explanations and lists provided to simplify any investments you may want to make

Course curriculum

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
    • Reverb & Ambient Sound

    • Positioning Your Microphone

    • Sound Equipment

    • Sound Equipment: Shopping List

  4. 4
    • What to Look For in a Camera

    • Camera Equipment

    • Camera Equipment: Shopping List

  5. 5
    • Eliminating Background Distractions

    • Colour of Your Background

    • Background Equipment

    • Background Equipment: Shopping List

  6. 6
    • Why Are Readers Important?

    • What if You Can't Get a Reader?

    • Reader Mistakes

  7. 7
    • Light Placement

    • Lighting Placement - Downloadable Visual Guide

    • Microphone Placement

    • Camera Placement

    • Choosing Eyelines

    • Slating Your Audition

    • Additional Video Content

  8. 8
  9. 9
    • Importing Files Onto Your Computer

    • Organizing Your Footage

    • Starting a New Project

    • Overview of the Windows

    • Importing Footage Into Premiere

    • Creating a Sequence

    • Editing Your Self-Tape Sequence

    • Adding Transitions

    • Adding Text

    • Cropping Your Full-Body Slate

    • Exporting: Quick Export

    • Exporting: Detailed Export

    • Exporting: Multiple Scenes

    • Additional Video Content | Post-Production

  10. 10
    • Creating a New Project

    • Importing Footage Into iMovie

    • Editing Your Self-Tape Sequence

    • Adding Transitions

    • Adding Text

    • Cropping Your Full-Body Slate

    • Exporting

    • Additional Video Content | Post-Production

  11. 11
    • Reviewing Your Self-Tape

    • Delivering Files with WeTransfer

    • Conclusion


Julian Stamboulieh

Julian Stamboulieh began his media career as an actor and a freelance video editor in 2004 in Montreal. After receiving his BFA in Photography from Concordia University, and starting his company Beanduck Productions alongside producing partner Beatrice Warner, he soon found himself in his directorial debut. In 2013, Julian co-created and directed LARPs, with both seasons acquiring 10+ international awards and 4+ million views. He has gone on to direct and edit several short films, and his currently developing his first feature. Over the past several years, Julian has developed and taught several courses on filmmaking and photography at institutions such as L'Institut National de l’Image et du Son (L’inis), McGill, MainFilm, Geordie Theatre, and more.

About Beanduck Productions

An independent video production company from Montreal, Canada, Beanduck was founded in 2012 by director Julian Stamboulieh and producer Beatrice Warner. Shortly after Beanduck’s inception, the company received great critical and creative acclaim with the digital series LARPs - now available on Amazon Prime. With the opening of its office in 2018 and with the help of actor & communications director Elizabeth Neale, Beanduck has established itself as the premiere studio for performer services in Montreal. One of such services is its self-tapes, which have earned the trust of both local and visiting actors, as well as talent and casting agents across the country.


  • What does this course cover?

    Within this course, we cover basic lighting, sound and camera theory. Following this, "on set" presentation of a potential studio setup. Finally, we cover editing, and delivery of your tape using WeTransfer. We've also included visual lighting references, and shopping guides should you decide you want to upgrade your home studio.

  • What editing softwares do you teach?

    We currently included units for two of the most popular softwares: iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro.

  • Does this course teach me how to perform?

    No, this is not an acting workshop. This course is intended to demystify the technical process of self-taping, so that you can focus on your performance.

  • Do I need to spend money on fancy equipment?

    No. In fact, that is why we begin with theory. If one understands the concepts of lighting and sound, even a cellphone camera can produce great quality tapes with minimal-to-no investment, depending on your space and what you may already own.

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