How to record

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: 

  • Choose a quiet room without disruptions or background noise 
  • Make sure you’re not standing in front of a light source which will turn you into a silhouette 
  • The maximum size for your video file is 1GB and your performance must be captured as one continuous take. Ensure your device has enough storage and battery before you begin 

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, and will result in files that are too large for upload. You may record your video as an mp4 or mov file.

Supporting Task

You will need to check the Supporting Tasks page to find this week’s stimulus. These refresh on a weekly basis and a new stimulus will be posted every Monday. You must use the stimulus that is on the website in the same week that you film and upload your exam for assessment. 

Drama exams require candidates to respond to a stimulus in the supporting tasks. Being able to respond creatively to a given stimulus is a critical skill in drama performance, and the Digital Grades and Diplomas include this as a requirement. In a face-to-face drama exam, this stimulus is provided by the examiner, and candidates have a limited timeframe in which to perform their response in the exam. For the Digital Grades and Diplomas, this stimulus will be provided on our website, and refreshed on a weekly basis. Candidates will need to access the stimulus for their supporting tasks in the same week in which they are recording their exam. For example: 

If a candidate intends to make their video recording on 3 December, they will need to access that week’s stimulus task which is posted on Monday 30 November, and will be valid from 30 November – 6 December 

We have created a sample set of tasks. These cannot be used for the exam, but have been created so that you know what to expect when the real ones are published.

Download a sample set of tasks now

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.

Checklist 

  • Read the appropriate syllabus to understand what is expected at each step 
  • Access the Reflection task questions from the Support Guide 
  • Access this week’s supporting task stimulus (available from 23 November 2020)
  • Watch the ‘How to film your Performance’ video below and download and read the associated filming guidance 
  • Check the preparing your video file for upload document to ensure you are recording in the correct file type, and understand how to name your video file 
  • Turn HD ‘off’ on your device 
  • Check the battery and storage capacity 

And remember - exams must be submitted as one continuous performance.

How to film your 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.

 

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