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New York Film Academy Acting for Film

1-Year Hands-on Acting Conservatory Program

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Overview of our 1-Year Acting Program

The New York Film Academy acting programs are unlike any other actor training programs in the world—cutting-edge explorations into the art and practice of acting for the screen.

The One-Year Acting Conservatory runs on an eight-month calendar, divided into two sixteen-week semesters. Each of the sixteen-week semesters requires intensive time demands and a complete commitment on the part of the student.

A standard week of study involves additional time in the evenings and on weekends for classes, rehearsals, and shoots.

WHAT MAKES OUR ACTING PROGRAMS UNIQUE?

PRACTICAL HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
The best way to learn how to act in films is to actually act in films. Our students begin acting in front of the camera from the first week of the program. Every week, students get the opportunity to practice the techniques and skills they have gained in class with exercises that are shot and reviewed.

PROFESSIONAL FACULTY
Our instructors are working veterans of Hollywood and independent film, Broadway and Off-Broadway.

FILM PRODUCTIONS
Many of our programs feature the production of short films or scenes that are created by and star our acting students. These are shot and edited together and may be used for students' own reels.

FILMMAKING RESOURCES
Our Acting for Film and Filmmaking programs work hand-in-hand, providing all of our students with resources such as film equipment, live film shoots, and a network of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and editors that is developed before entering the real world.

REEL MATERIALS
We provide all of our students with shot and edited materials that are suitable to put on an actor's reel.

SEMESTER ONE OVERVIEW

Please note that the learning and performance goals are subject to change depending on location. The below goals are for the Academy’s NYC campus. Students should consult their catalogs for any differences in the LA curriculum.

The first semester concentrates on building a foundation in the craft of acting, using training techniques rooted in the theater but applicable to screen acting. Students participate in a broad array of core classes that introduce them to finding the actor within, while simultaneously training their instrument to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting. Since we believe that film actors also benefit immeasurably from working in front of a live audience, in addition to work in front of the camera, training in the first semester builds towards a live performance.

LEARNING GOALS:
  • Understand the fundamental principles of acting for film.
  • Grounding in classical scene study and acting techniques.
  • Fundamentals of script and text analysis.
  • Survey and examination of film studies from a film actor’s perspective.
  • Exposure and practice in a variety of vocal techniques.
PRODUCTION GOALS:
  • Perform in a live monologue presentation.
  • Shoot in-class on camera scenes for critique.
  • Participate in a Film Craft shoot.

SEMESTER TWO OVERVIEW

In the second semester, the core classes continue as the students' focus intensifies on applying the techniques they have learned to more elaborate scene work, on-camera exercises, and film shoots—all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting ability. All students perform in film or video shoots, oftentimes, original work that was created and developed by the students in collaboration with their instructors. In addition, a variety of classes are given to broaden students' knowledge of acting techniques, the film business, and the many different aspects of filmmaking that impact the actor's ability to perform on set.

The second semester culminates in four public presentations of student work and one honors presentation. These include a live Improvisation performance, a Meisner technique open demonstration, a Scene Study showcase performance, and a screening of student film productions.

LEARNING GOALS:
  • Intermediate training in acting principles.
  • Grounding in intermediate scene study and acting for film.
  • Intermediate training in Vocal, Movement and Improvisation work.
PRODUCTION GOALS:
  • Perform in a short film.
  • Perform in a taped Improvisation presentation.
  • Perform in a taped, year-end, scene study presentation.
  • Meisner technique open demonstration.



Course Description

Please note that the courses are subject to change depending on location. The below courses are for the Academy’s NYC campus. Students should consult their catalogs for any differences in the LA curriculum.

Acting Technique I
Acting for Film I
Voice and Movement I
Scene Study I
Film Craft
Improvisation I
Audition Technique
Text in Action
Shakespeare
Performance Analysis I
Speech I
Acting for Film II
Scene Study II
Meisner I
Voice and Movement II
Improvisation II
Acting for Television
Combat for Film
Performance Analysis II
The Business of Acting

Acting Technique I

Students are introduced to foundational acting practices and tools necessary to deliver quality performances when they do not have a scene partner on which to rely. Students work on monologues from theatre and film sources that help them find a personal relationship to character and text and command attention at auditions and professional performances.
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Acting for Film I

Acting for Film I provides students with an environment to facilitate confidence and familiarity with acting in front of the camera. The primary emphasis of the class is the technical requirements and practice of film acting. Students learn specific practices to assist in relating to the camera such as learning to adjust the performance for specific shot size, and foundational on-camera technique. Film set terminology and etiquette will also be addressed.
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Voice and Movement I

In the voice segment of this course, students learn to access the natural voice through relaxation exercises designed to improve alignment and alleviate habitual tension. During the movement portion, students increase the access and involvement of their body in acting work and experiment with different ways of becoming physically present in their work. Elements of various approaches are taught, including modern dance, yoga, Alexander Technique, and Laban movement.
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Scene Study I

Students learn to break scenes down into units or beats, identify and develop the arc of a scene, and develop awareness of the evolution of scenes from moment to moment. Students have the chance to incorporate the skills learned in this class, as well as the various other skills covered in the first term, into a taped live presentation of a monologue at the end of the term.
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Film Craft

In this introductory class, students work with basic elements of speech, such as anatomical awareness, use of the articulators, and operative words in text according to the principles of Skinner and Knight-Thompson speech work. Students will be introduced to the history and context of the General American Dialect as well as the International Phonetic Alphabet.Learning the role of each key player on a film set dramatically increases the actor’s ability to collaborate with filmmakers in developing dynamic performances. In this course, students explore filmmaking through classes on directing, cinematography, producing, screenwriting, and editing. Students participate in an in-class shoot, utilizing skills gained in the course.
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Improvisation I

In order to truly be effective actors, students must learn how to skillfully nurture their instincts and freely release their creative impulses. Through a variety of exercises designed to help cast off inhibitions, actors experiment with the group dynamics and individual expression vital to vibrant and truthful performances.
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Audition Technique

Students learn about the etiquette, practice, and procedure of audition structures along with techniques to effectively deliver successful audition performances. Students work with a variety of sides from commercial to TV series regular, and participate in an open call for the school’s filmmaking students.
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Text in Action

This course teaches core skills necessary for maintaining the integrity of a performance. Text in Action focuses on the analysis and mapping skills required while shooting out of sequence. Students examine contemporary playwrights and screenwriters, examining plot structure and extracting given circumstances, and learn to utilize these fundamental tools for rehearsal and performance.
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Shakespeare

Shakespeare exposes students to the special skills required in the work of William Shakespeare that are directly transferrable to the work of the film actor. In order to gain a better appreciation of this master playwright, students use a variety of text analysis approaches including key poetic and rhetorical devices.
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Performance Analysis I

Students view and participate in discussions of pivotal film performances throughout the last century to develop an appreciation and technical understanding of the methods, choices, and effects of various styles of acting. This course develops the actor’s ability to assess and draw key lessons from viewing the work of master actors in key film performances.
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Speech I

In this introductory course, students work with basic elements of speech, such as anatomical awareness, use of the articulators, and the value of operative words in text according to the principles of Skinner and Knight-Thompson speechwork. Students are introduced to the history and context of the General American Dialect as well as the International Phonetic Alphabet for later use in dialect study.
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Acting for Film II

Students apply training learned in term one to more advanced on-camera exercises focused on finding the arc of the character and learning to maintain the integrity of the script while shooting out of sequence. Students prepare scripts and digitally tape scenes to be screened for critique in class by their instructor. Emphasis is placed on the actor’s work in pre-production and preparation of a role in a professional setting. The course culminates in a four-day shoot on location with a five-member production team and professional post-production.
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Scene Study II

This course advances lessons learned in Scene Study I by incorporating work on text, including scene structure and the arc of dramatic action in scenes while utilizing the actor's imagination to develop a world based on given circumstances of the script or screenplay. Key lessons involve the evolution of beat development and its contribution to rising action as well as the collaborative relationship necessary for effective scene work between partners. Students learn the value of rehearsal and the role of improvisation in work on scripted scenes as well as how to diversify their creative choices and develop fully fleshed characters. Students also gain experience presenting their work in front of a live audience.
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Meisner I

This course is an introduction to the acting approach formulated by the late Sanford Meisner. Largely based on listening, observation, and immediacy, the Meisner technique helps actors to create rich emotionally truthful performances by being grounded in the reality of both textual and momentary given circumstances.
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Voice and Movement II

In a continuation of their work during first term, students focus on knowledge gleaned in Voice and Movement I to begin to work creatively with the body and voice in character creation and storytelling. Projects heighten in complexity and develop education from the first term.
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Improvisation II

Building on Improvisation I, this course continues to encourage students to use their creative impulses to develop their improvisational skills through a variety of individual and group exercises. Students work through the evolution of short form improvisational exercises into long form scenes. The course culminates in a public performance at the end of the second term.
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Acting for Television

Acting for Television introduces students to skills and techniques necessary for translating performance from single-camera production to multi-camera production. Students focus on performing two basic three-camera television genres: procedurals and sitcoms. Students study an overview of these formats, and learn the preproduction process including individual preparation, rehearsal, and last minute script or blocking changes. Students have the opportunity to experience the speed that is part of television production as each student performs scenes from each genre. Students also supplement the technical crew in production duties, and act as background extras or under-fives.
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Combat for Film

Combat for Film covers the fundamental principles of unarmed film combat. With emphasis on safety, students will learn a basic vocabulary of slaps, punches, kicks, hair pulls, rolls, and other fight-related illusions. Angles for camera viability are introduced, allowing each student to know how best to enact a safe and effective moment of physical violence for screen. Exercises are filmed and critiqued in class.
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Performance Analysis II

A continuation of Performance Analysis I, this course offers an in-depth look at a series of film performances, each of which is viewed and becomes a common reference point and teaching example of significant and quality working the discipline. Students view and participate in discussions of pivotal film performances of the last 50 years to develop an appreciation and a technical understanding of the methods, choices, and effects of various acting styles as the discipline of acting for film evolved to present day.
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The Business of Acting

Instructors assist students in understanding best practices and current trends in headshots, resumes, representation, reels, and casting. Students are introduced to performance unions and their respective histories as well as contemporary marketing skills and tools. Students are also introduced to the processes for contact with casting directors and agents, and the proper etiquette for dealing with industry professionals during the audition and interview process.
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Dates & Tuition

Fees Per Year

Tuition: $32,570 (USD)

Number of Semesters: 2




Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
September 2017 - May 2018
January 2018 - September 2018
May 2018 - January 2019
September 2018 - May 2019

For Los Angeles:
September 2017 - May 2018
January 2018 - September 2018
May 2018 - January 2019
September 2018 - May 2019

For Sydney Australia:
September 2017 - May 2018

For Gold Coast Australia:
September 2017 - May 2018



Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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