DEPARTMENT OF PRETEND
Established in 2014 and located in Tempe in Sydney's Inner West, Department of Pretend is a self-tape (or self-test) audition studio and showreel production facility, designed with the actor in mind.
DOP provides artists with a private, professional space in which to put down their best work. Run by actor Hamish Michael, and using the best in camera, lighting and sound equipment, DOP prides itself on making its clients feel comfortable with their audition experience, all the while delivering an excellent product.
Department of Pretend tailors its self-taping facilities to the specific needs of the client, making for a personalised and stress-free audition.
Need to put down an audition? Let us help you out with that. Superior quality. Fast turn around.
SOS (SHOOT ON SITE)
An entirely new concept in self-taping, Shoot on Site is the studio that comes to you.
From $125 (introductory pricing)
You've done the work, now let us choose some hits and make you a mix-tape to get you more.
Please Note: cancellations within 24 hours of a confirmed booking, or failure to attend a confirmed booking, will incur a 25% fee
Department of Pretend offers multiple self-tape options to suit your changing needs, so you can choose the one that best suits the audition at hand.
Prices are fully inclusive of a reader, shooting, editing, upload and delivery.
Editing is done once you leave so that you can spend the entirety of the time you've booked putting your scenes down.
As well as operating the camera, Hamish will read for you. You're more than welcome to bring your own reader if you'd prefer - just let us know on the booking form.
All tapes are edited and uploaded the same day. You will generally receive your scenes 1-2 hours after you leave.
We will provide you with a password-protected private link to your audition on our VimeoPro site. It will be available to stream or you can choose to download it at the size of your choice. All videos are uploaded in glorious HD1080p and they can be downloaded at the following resolutions:
HD 1080p (1920 × 1080)
HD 720p (1280 × 720)
SD 540p (960 × 540)
SD 360p (640 × 360)
DOP now offers Skype Auditions!
You can now self-tape live, direct to anyone else on the planet who has a Skype account and an internet connection.
It’s the next best thing to a “face to face” when being in the room isn’t possible.
Need to connect with a Casting Director on the other side of the world for that important audition or call back?
Don’t want to have to worry about the technical details?
Save yourself the trouble of fitting out your own space as a makeshift studio and let us take care of it for you
As well as handling the technical details, we will read for you off camera to avoid any delays or glitches that video telephony can sometimes present. We can provide a professional, quiet, distraction free environment in our studio.
DOP has the ability to patch our camera in to Skype, so you can now enjoy the same superior quality camera, sound and lighting set up that you get from our Self-Tapes in your Skype Audition.
Skype Auditions are charged at the same rates as our Self-Tapes. We can tape, edit and deliver your audition as a file for $20 extra.
• introductory pricing •
WE BRING THE STUDIO
YOU BRING THE ACTING
Shoot on Site is an entirely new concept in self-taping. We like to think we're taking our idea of 'support' that little bit further. Like... around 15km further. Think of it like Uber for self-tapes... You schedule a time, provide the location and we bring the studio to you.
When would I need this?
- You're an actor on set and you urgently need to put down a tape. You've got a break, but not long enough to leave.
- You're rehearsing a play and don't have any time to tape. Why not ask the stage manager if you can use the rehearsal room before rehearsals, at lunch or at the end of the day?
- Time is tight and you simply unable to make it to our Tempe studio and back.
- You're an agent who needs multiple clients self-tape for a project. We can set up in your office so you can oversee the scenes and offer direction, and get them all done in one hit.
- It's a high-stakes audition or call-back and you need your team involved - a coach or director, your own reader or readers, hair and make-up artists - and you're most comfortable in your own space.
- Perhaps you can't find someone to look after the kids?
Send out an SOS.
We bring the essential components of our working studio to you; camera, lights, audio capture equipment and backdrop. We can come to your home, office, rehearsal room, agency, trailer - wherever. All we need is a quiet space that's at least 3m x 2m. Leave the rest to us.
We're currently able to service approximately a 15km radius from our Tempe studio, but if you're a little further away get in touch and we'll try to work something out.
We will compile and edit your showreel from existing footage. This means, if you have scenes from a film, TV show, short film, TVC or music video that you have appeared in, we can create a dramatic, visual mix-tape of your best stuff.
To get started, you just need to source HD copies of your footage (minimum 720p). You can provide us with online links on sites like Vimeo or YouTube (provided they're downloadable), share your files with us via an on-line file-sharing site or send us a DVD or USB stick in the mail.
If you're having trouble tracking down your footage, a good tip is to ask the producers of the project to provide you with HD digital file (e.g. .mov, .mp4) or DVD of your scenes/episode/film. They're generally very happy to help if they have the time and ability. Otherwise go and buy the commercial DVD if you can and we can extract the scenes from that.
All you have to do is go through your footage and select which scenes you wish to use. Then, provide us with link, file-name or DVD disc number (if applicable) and the start and end times for the scenes you wish to consider, and we can take it from there.
A face-to-face consultation is provided to talk through the process, if you require, though it can generally be worked out over email.
Your showreel will be uploaded to our Vimeo account, an online account of your choosing, or delivered as a file for you to download.
If you would like a DVD authored with menus and chapters, this will be $100 extra.
Generally a one-week turnaround.
WHERE WE'RE AT
The Department of Pretend is located in Tempe, in Sydney's Inner West.
Our physical address is:
22 Hillcrest St
Tempe NSW 2044
Just look for the big ol' house on the left near the end of the street.
If you're driving there's always plenty of parking on the street. Otherwise, we're conveniently close to several modes of public transport:
If traveling by train, we are about a 10 minute walk from Sydenham station.
If traveling by bus, the M30 runs to Sydenham Station and the 422 will drop you out the front of IKEA - less than 10 minutes walk.
We're also under 15 minutes drive from the airport so you could practically fly in from anywhere. It's worth it.