There are plenty of options regarding the backdrop for self tapes. But how do you choose the best backdrop for self tape?
I will provide everything that is to know about the backdrop. Also, we have compiled a list of the best backdrops you can use to tap your audition at home.
How To Choose Best Backdrop For Self Tapes?
The backdrop may seem like a simple piece of equipment, but it can affect your self tape if you don’t pay attention.
It can reflect unnecessary lights. The wrong color may divert focus from you. Or poor quality accessories like stand can cause disruptions during shooting a self tape.
To make sure you do not face these issues, you need to take care of the following things while choosing a self tape audition background.
What kind of color you choose for the backdrop is important. You will generally find these self-tape backdrop colors:
Each color has its own use.
For self-tape, you need to focus on only two colors. White and Grey!
The other color is suitable for photo shoots or videos that require computer-generated backdrops.
If you are looking for anything beyond white and grey, experts suggest using neutral solid colors.
One more thing to remember is background should not match your costume for the self tape. There has to be a contrast between the costume and the background.
Backdrops are available in various sizes. Some are suitable for photo shoots, and some are suitable for videos.
Following are the sizes that are suitable for video shoots:
- 7 ft x 5 ft
- 6.5 ft x 10 ft
- 10 ft x 8 ft
- 10 ft x 10 ft
- 10 ft x 20 ft
You can choose the size depending on the type of shots you want to take for your self-tape.
For mid-close and close, you can use 7 ft x 5 ft or 6.5 ft x 10 ft.
For master shots, you will need a wider backdrop such as 10 ft x 20 ft. This backdrop will also give a little room to move or include another actor in the scene.
I own a larger 10 ft x 20 ft backdrop because I can take all kinds of shots with that.
Having a smaller backdrop will always limit you to close-up or mid-close shots. So I suggest getting the biggest backdrop size.
Most of the backdrops are either made from vinyl or muslin. The reason is they don’t wrinkle even when you fold them.
I suggest going with a muslin backdrop because they are easy to manage and also last long.
Also, muslin backgrounds don’t fade with time. Hence, won’t have to spend again for a backdrop for years.
A background won’t stand on its own. You will need a proper stand and also clips to hang it.
Most of the backdrop kits do come with clips and a stand.
You want to get the adjustable stands so you can adjust the height for different shots.
Also, go for the stands made of aluminum rather than plastic. These stands are durable and light. Also, you can easily fold them and carry them around.
Another aspect of the backdrop that you want to consider is installation. Since you will be using it for self tape at home, you want a kit that is easy to assemble and disassemble.
Also if you want to use it in different locations, keep a dedicated carry bag for the self tape equipment.
1. NEEWER Background Support System
When searching for the best self tape backdrop, look for a complete kit. A kit like Neewer background support system has everything you need.
It includes lights, softboxes, polyester background, background stand, clamps, and also a carry bag to organize everything.
I also suggest these as the best self tape equipment for actors. Just because it has all.
As far as the backdrop alone is concerned it has a 6ft X 9 ft polyester backdrop. You get three colors black, white and green.
The material doesn’t wrinkle easily. However, it will be wrinkled when you open the box for the first time. So make sure you iron them.
Also when you use it with a lighting set up, there is no reflection or glare from the backdrop.
- It is a complete page
- You get three backdrop colors
- Adjustable stand
- Light is bright
- The stand is bit flimsy
- Backdrop needs ironing
2. GFCC White Backdrop
It is one of the best options if you already have the lighting set up and all you want is a budget-friendly backdrop.
It is not a self-tape kit. There is no backdrop stand in the package. It is just a white backdrop in the package. You will have to buy stand separately.
You can go for it if you want to do monologues or shoot auditions.
When you get the package, you need to steam it or iron it to get rid of wrinkles.
Unlike other backdrops, you don’t have clamps. It has pocked through which you can insert a rod to hang the backdrop.
It is washable and I recommend you wash it regularly. It is a white backdrop. That means it will need maintenance.
Always carry it in a carry bag and also store it properly when not using it.
As far as the shooting with the backdrop is concerned, it doesn’t reflect light. Since it is not glossy you will have a uniform background for your shot.
- Pocket for the rod
- Good for taping auditions
- Stand not included in the package
- Needs steaming regularly
3. Fovitec Reversible
Most of the backdrops that we have mentioned need steaming or ironing because they tend to wrinkle.
A better option than that will be a pop-up self-tape backdrop. Backdrop edges have a frame that keeps the backdrop firm and wrinkle-free.
Also, you don’t need elaborate stands and clamps to hang the backdrop. You can hang the backdrop on a single frame, and two people can hold it for you.
However, you will have to compromise on the size of the backdrop. Such pop-up backdrops tend to be in a smaller size.
Your shots will be restricted to mid-close and close-up. However, it is more than enough for audition tapes where the casting director just wants to see your close-up.
This particular backdrop has two sides. One is grey and the other is blue.
And since it is a collapsable backdrop it is much easier to carry around compared to a rolled backdrop.
- Easy to carry
- Do not wrinkle
- Collapsable backdrop
- Quick set up
- Smaller in size
4. ISSUNTEX Muslin Backdrop
Most of the time an 8 ft x 10 ft backdrop does the job, but if you want to shoot an audition with a wider angle you will not get a bigger backdrop like Issuntex 10 ft x 20 ft.
It is available in several colors, just go for any neutral color white, grey, or black.
It is made from muslin hence it will be prone to wrinkle.
However, just steam it before using it and it will be good to go.
Also, the package does not include a stand, so get a suitable backdrop stand to support the backdrop.
The good thing is each edge has pocked for the rod. Any 3-inch or smaller rod will be more than enough to handle the backdrop.
- You take wider shots
- Easy to carry around
- Available in various colors
- No stand for the support
- Wrinkle prone
1. Is a white backdrop good for self-tapes?
Yes, a white backdrop is good self tape but some casting agents, suggest the use of a blue or green screen.
2. Can you steam a backdrop?
Yes, you can steam a backdrop made from polyester or muslin. You can also iron it before every use.
3. Which light would be best to light backdrops?
Whatever lighting you use for the backdrop, it should be darker than the exposure of your subject. This lighting setup will work for grey or even darker backdrops.
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When choosing the best backdrop for self tapes always look for the kit that fits your need. You don’t have to get the biggest backdrop if there is no requirement for it. It is a one-time investment, so do your own research.