If a slate is requested, put it at the beggining of your compiled single video. If requested by casting you can also submit your slate as a separate video by itself.
If no slate is requested, consider putting your slate at the end of your scenes.
A typical slate is simply you introducing yourself in your natural voice. You film it horizontally and frame the camera from the middle of your chest to 1 inch above your head. There is no need to turn to show your profiles if you were not asked to.
You can say: “Hi my name is ____, I live in (City), (State).”
FULL BODY SLATE: If you are asked to show yourself full body, or to do your entire slate full body, then turn your camera vertically to film it, or if you have space leave your camera horizontal and move back until we can see 1 inch below your feet and 1 inch above your head. Be sure that there is no clutter in your room and you are standing on a blank wall. Here don’t worry too much about a fancy backdrop, but try to maintain good lighting on your face. Keep in mind that sometimes casting just wants 5 seconds of your full body shot, which is a video of you simply standing there and smiling. Your feet should be shoulder width apart or closer. Your hands at your sides. You can smile or if your role is serious, then smile through your eyes and keep a neutral face. After those 5 seconds, then when you edit, go back to the horizontal shot of your scene or the rest of your slate. Your slate will be edited like this.
Final Edited Video when a Slate is Requested: [Horizontal Slate saying your name and location] [ Vertical full body 5 second video] [Take 1 with all scenes] [Take 2 with all scenes] [ Take 3 with all scenes].
Final Edited Video when NO slate is requested: [Take 1 with all scenes] [Take 2 with all scenes] [ Take 3 with all scenes] [Horizontal slate saying your name and location].
Only give a full body shot if specifically requested by casting.