There are no restrictions as to where you film your performance – at home, at school, at your teacher’s studio, in a hall – wherever you have access to a quiet performing space and the appropriate instrument or performance props. And you can work with whoever you wish to in recording your video – family, friends, your teacher, or others. You may ask someone to help you with the recording, with playing your accompaniment or backing tracks and with managing your exam space. You can even have a group of people behind the camera if you enjoy working in the presence of a live audience!
Some quick tips when planning your recording:
Please remember to turn off HD settings, or select the lowest available HD setting on your device before you begin. Your exam does not need to be recorded in high definition which would result in files that are too large for upload. You may record your video as an mp4 or mov file.
The ATCL (Performing) Speech and Drama requires the candidate to deliver a speech based on a topic provided. The topic is published on the Trinity website at Digital Drama Diplomas - Key Skills Tasks. You will need to check the Key Skills Tasks page to find the stimulus valid for the period in which you are filming and submitting your exam.
The prose passage to be used is published on the Trinity website and changed every two weeks. During the two week validity period of the stimulus the candidate must do the following: access the prose stimulus; use that stimulus for this task; film their performance; upload the video of their whole exam for assessment.
It’s important for candidates to ensure they are responding to the correct stimulus, so it’s recommended that on the day of their recording they check the web page to ensure they are working with the correct materials.
There is comprehensive guidance on how to film your exam below.
And remember - exams must be submitted as one continuous performance.
Please watch the short video from one of our examiners who will take you through how to achieve the best video recording. You can download the Filming Guidance for detailed explanation for specific syllabuses and instruments.