You've been cast in a role, congratulations! Now what?
Pendant has a standard method for recording/sending lines across ALL our shows.
Please record all lines as Mp3 files, at no less than 44,100hz, 128kbps (or higher, if your director requires it). Include at least two or three takes (but no more than five!) in each Mp3 file. Less takes means the director might not get the inflection they're looking for and you increase your chances of getting asked for redos. More takes means the director has to spend an indordinate amount of time sifting through your lines to find one, and their time is precious and valuable. There should never be an occasion when you send more than five takes (bloopers and outtakes are encouraged, however, and feel free to ad-lib but be sure to do at least a couple clean reads of the line EXACTLY as written).
Also do NOT include comments to the writer about the script, conversations with people in the background, or generally anything else that is not the lines themselves and/or actual bloopers. Please remember that EVERYTHING you send has to be sifted through by the director to find the one take they want to use, and so the longer your files are the more work you're making for them. If you have comments for the writer, by all means email them. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you! But they'll never hear it in your line recordings anyway, so let's not waste the director's time!
When you receive your script, you will notice EVERY LINE in the entire script is numbered. This is to make our directors' lives easier. For example, if you're recording a line from a script for episode 6 of "Sample Show!":
015 JANE DOE
You've crossed the wrong person!
You would record between 2-5 different takes of "You've crossed the wrong person!" IN THE SAME FILE. Do NOT put different takes into different mp3 files, that makes more work for the directors.
Also LISTEN TO YOUR LINES before sending them. If there is a lot of background noise, breath pops, etc, re-record them. If you submit lines that are unusable, not only will the director ask for redos but it may hurt your chances of getting future roles and/or you may have to be recast.
DO NOT CLEAN or otherwise process your lines, we need you to turn in your raw recordings.
Please leave a second or two of silence in the file with each line so the director has an ample sampling of your background noise for filtering.
When saving your file, name them in the following manner:
For the above example, the file with ALL takes of the line would be named
Please use THREE DIGIT numbers, not two, so we can be consistent for all our directors. Also, and this is vital, please be sure the line number comes BEFORE the character name! With all the line numbers on the left, the files line up nicely to make life easy for our directors. If you put the line number at the end of the file name it does them no good and they end up having to rename all your files. More work for our directors equals (rightfully) cranky directors, and you want to keep your directors happy!
Use the same method to record all of your lines in a given script, and then put them all into a zip or rar file. Some email has a maximum filesize allotment. If your zip/rar file is too large to attach, it's fine to make multiple zip files and send them with one per message.
Please do not use download services such as yousendit or dropbox for lines! Just send them directly in email.
Attach the zip or rar file(s) to an email and send it to:
ALL LINES FOR ALL PENDANT SHOWS GO TO THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS.
The subject line of your email should be written in the following manner:
Show Episode# CharacterName YourName
Following our above example, the subject line here would read:
Sample Show! 6 Jane Doe Pendant Lover
Where "Pendant Lover" is your name. You're a Pendant Lover, right? Of course you are.
If you must send multiple emails with multiple zip/rar files, be sure to add "Part X of Y" in the subject line, and add that
information to the zip/rar filename as well. For example:
You will be given a deadline for your lines, almost always a MONTH away from when you get the script. It is VITAL you meet your deadlines. Missing lines means a director can't assemble any scenes you're in, which puts them behind on work, which puts the entire show behind. And when that stacks up you can get entire shows in danger of missing their release dates.
PLEASE be aware that there are a whole host of people (directors, producers, web staff, promo staff, et al) who all have a lot of work to do that depends on ACTORS being on time. Be conscious of others and that every day you're late you cause problems for them and for the entire show. We understand sometimes people get sick, life happens, etc. We are not unkind or uncaring. Really!
But communication is vital. You MUST let pendantlines know if you need more time. Do not sit in silence as line reminders and requests for lines go unanswered. Respond and keep in contact with pendantlines at all times and everything should be hunky-dory.
Lack of communication as deadlines pass with no lines turned in may result in your role being recast.
Remember that if you meet your deadlines, directors will know you're talented AND reliable. And if a casting decision comes down to two equally talented people who would fit the character very well but one has a track record of misnamed files, breath pops or, above all, severely (and/or repeated) missed deadlines... the reliable, professional actor will win out every time.