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New York Film Academy Acting for Film

Hands-on Intensive 1-Week Acting for Film Workshop

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1-Week Acting for Film Workshop


The pace of this one-week workshop is demanding and students should be prepared to live, eat and breathe acting for the entire duration of the course. Students should also be prepared to work in non-traditional acting classes emphasizing the construction and control of character given the unique pressures of a film or television shoot. Film or video cameras may be used during particular classes.

Acting for film and scene study are the two principal areas of concentration in this intensive workshop. These areas coincide in the creation of short, filmed scenes in which students act. The edited scenes are the main projects of the workshop. Scene Study and Voice and Movement serve as support classes. Audition Technique exposes students to cold reading techniques and a discussion of the business of acting and its essential tools.

The basis of this and all other NYFA workshops is learning by doing, using a hands-on, practical, experiential approach. The workshop is constructed to deliver a great deal of content in a short time, and is an exceptional opportunity for a total immersion experience in one week. Students who wish to continue their studies have the opportunity to apply credit towards and transfer to a longer program at any point.


The intensive One-Week Acting for Film Workshop was designed to serve the needs of different types of students. For students contemplating a longer-term education in acting for film, it is an excellent introduction. This one-week acting workshop gives students an understanding of the rigorous requirements of the film actor. Many of our one-week students get "bitten by the acting bug" during this workshop; they realize that one week will not fulfill their desire to learn all they can about the craft of acting and therefore return to complete a longer course of study.

All students enrolling in the Intensive One-Week Acting for Film Workshop should be aware that this is an introductory course. The limitations of a one-week course should be apparent, given that many people spend years studying and perfecting the craft of acting.

Course Description

Acting for Film
Scene Study
Voice and Movement
The Business of Acting & Audition Technique

Acting for Film

Students learn the basics of film acting: calibrating performances based upon shot size and angle, eye line, hitting marks, emotional and physical continuity, and strength and imagination in acting choices. Students are assigned scenes from produced screenplays, which are then shot with instructor supervision. In addition, students may learn to perform a number of film crew positions, to broaden their knowledge of the duties of everyone on a professional film set.
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Scene Study

These sessions build a foundation of acting through the study of the execution of a written scene. By working on sections of published plays and screenplays, actors will learn the basic concepts of scene study: defining objectives, breaking the scene down into beats, understanding the arc, pursuing the objective, playing actions, and working to overcome obstacles. Students first begin with silent scenes and/or short dialogue scenes before longer dramatic or comedic scenes are explored.
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Voice and Movement

Students gain insight into the power of how to nurture and control their voices by exercising various resonators and muscles, enabling them to release emotional impulses. In addition to breath work, this class focuses on relaxation and posture as a way of nurturing the actor's instrument.
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The Business of Acting & Audition Technique

Acting is as much of a business as it is a craft. In addition to training, successful actors must develop strong marketing skills in order to build a career. This session focuses on such topics as feeling comfortable at cold readings and preparing a resume.
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Dates & Tuition


Tuition: $1,255 (USD)

Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
May 8, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Jun 5, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023
Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 15, 2023
Aug 7, 2023 - Aug 12, 2023
Nov 6, 2023 - Nov 11, 2023

For Los Angeles:
Mar 6, 2023 - Mar 11, 2023
May 8, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Jun 12, 2023 - Jun 17, 2023
Jul 3, 2023 - Jul 8, 2023
Aug 7, 2023 - Aug 12, 2023
Sep 5, 2023 - Sep 10, 2023
Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023

For Florence Italy:
Jul 23, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023
Jul 30, 2023 - Aug 5, 2023

For South Beach Florida:
Jan 9, 2023 - Jan 14, 2023
Mar 6, 2023 - Mar 11, 2023
May 8, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 15, 2023
Sep 11, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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