Monday, February 22, 2010

On-Camera Audition Technique

Classes last week were terrific. Saturday and Sunday were both dedicated to on-camera commercial audition technique, which can be very difficult. How can we make boring commercial copy fun? Ask Michael Andrew. He was having the time of his life up there doing his Baked Veggie Crisps copy. We all could not stop laughing! Alex stayed strong with her "hunka hunka" commercial copy, and as usual Miranda made us all laugh hysterical using her southern accent while singing the opening of her Betty Crocker commercial.

Each actor entered the room as they would an audition. They would greet us, slate, and act! We had all the actors in front of the camera. We try to do this every month to get the actors familiar with the camera and to help them really focus and control their energy. Since we are on a stage for most of the classes, it is easy to go really big and over the top. The camera reminds us to control our actions and make it real.

At the end of class, we left some time for improv. Zayd, Ranya, Erica & Kiana blew us all away with their wedding florist sketch comedy. They really listened to each other, fed off one another and invited the audience into the world they created. HYSTERICAL!

Each week the kids, pre-teens & teens give 100%. We are so proud to have such an incredible group of actors and actresses! Stay tuned for details about this weekend - our improv / scene study workshop.

-DB & LL

Friday, February 12, 2010

Missouri Lottery

This is a commercial I cast for the Missouri State Lottery. The guy I cast in this was a real WWE wrestler and had some amazing stories. They wanted him to have the "old school" wrestler look and I think this guy did a great job! Hulk Hogan?


St Louis Zoo

Here's a commercial I cast for the St. Louis Zoo. The kids were simply adorable.


Bright House

Here's a couple spots I cast for Bright House Networks, a cable television company mainly concentrated in Central Florida.

The first spot, "Choreography" was a fun spot to cast. The girls auditioning were all incredibly talented and fun to be around. The second spot "Workbench" had a Rube Goldberg twist to it and was very cool to see come alive.


Toy Story Mania

Here's a Disney game trailer that I cast - it played nationally on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and in theaters before the re-release of Toy Story 1 & 2.

Who are we?

Welcome to Studio E's blogspot! We are proud to share our stories and adventures with you! Let us rewind a minute and tell you who we are (just incase you don't already know). Studio E is run by casting director Dina Buglione & Lauren Lux of DB Casting. This is an intensive workshop that meets once a week at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. Our actors are all very talented and dedicated to their craft. This is an intensive workshop that focuses on scene study, improv, audition technique, voice-over (animation & commercial), and much more. All actors must audition to become a member of Studio E. Ages are 7-18 and classes are Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday. In June & January we hold Industry Showcases, where we present all our work to directors, producers, agents, managers, and much more! We also put on a separate show for parents, family, and friends! Our January showcase was a huge success! Not only did some incredible directors attend, but lots of excited agents came and loved our talent! 50% of our kids & teens received new representation! We are proud of each and every one of our Studio E members! You are all amazing!

-DB & LL