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New York Film Academy Acting for Film

Hands-on Intensive 3-Week Acting for Film Workshop

A NYFA acting for film student's face is dramatically lit as a classmate films his performance. NYFA filmmakers capture the performances of an acting for film student in a leopard print coat and a classmate in a hijab on a pier near a ferry. NYFA crew films a restaurant scene, with two acting for film students conversing over a black table. Checkout the NYFA Student Showcase for Acting for Film

3-Week Acting for Film Workshop


Want to study acting in some of the world’s most beautiful places? At New York Film Academy, Acting for Film students can spend three weeks immersed in an intensive, hands-on course where they’ll learn to perform on set through real-world experience. Any actor knows that giving a believable performance on a modern film set isn’t as simple as it looks - they must maintain their composure while dozens of crewmembers whirl about, twelve-kilowatt lights shining into their eyes, while focus tape is pulled to their cheeks.

Through all of this clutter and distraction, actors are still expected to give a believable and moving performance. Combining classes and lectures from NYFA’s faculty of working industry professionals with tangible practice, students in the 3-Week Acting for Film Workshop will learn the essential skills they need to create such a performance on screen.


The 3-Week Acting for Film workshop provides students with a strong foundation of acting skills, with a specific focus on acting for film. The three-week length fits conveniently into many students’ yearly schedules, allowing aspiring performers of all backgrounds to learn more in less time with this full-time, intensive program. Students must be prepared to make a serious commitment to complete the course.

Classes emphasize the basic elements of the craft of acting using key on-camera techniques, scene study, and monologue work as starting points. In conjunction with these classes, students participate in courses aimed specifically at training the actor for the technical requirements of acting on a film set.

No significant prior experience or knowledge is required. The program brings everyone to the same level very quickly, beginning with the fundamentals while also filling in inevitable gaps in the understanding of those with some prior experience. Space in the 3-Week Acting for Film workshop is limited - don't wait, apply today!

Course Description

Acting for Film
Scene Study
Audition Technique

Acting for Film

Acting for Film provides students an environment to get comfortable acting in front of the camera. The primary emphasis of the class is the practice of the subtlety and nuance of film acting including learning to adjust the performance for specific shot size, finding the arc of the character and learning to maintain the integrity of the script while shooting out of sequence. Film set terminology and etiquette are also addressed. Students participate in Production Workshop with film students. In the Production workshop, students experience on-set shoots in collaboration with student filmmakers. Students are introduced to a first-hand experience in set etiquette, shooting out of sequence and understanding the actor’s role in a shoot.
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Scene Study

Students learn to analyze scripts and break them down into units or “beats”. They develop a solid grounding in establishing a character based on their own experiences and imagination. Students will incorporate all of the disparate disciplines learned in all other courses in an in-class, filmed scene presentation at Course end.
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Acting Technique

Students will practice the tools necessary to hone and focus their acting skills when they do not have a scene partner on which to rely. Students will work on monologues from theatre and film sources that will help them learn how to command attention at auditions and professional performances. Exercises will be taped for in-class critique.
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Students learn to access the natural voice through relaxation exercises designed to improve alignment and alleviate habitual tension.
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Students will work on assigned and chosen monologues to practice text analysis, and character creation skills learned thus far. Students will understand the structure and particular elements, which make a successful monologue and prepare pieces to be audition ready.
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Students experiment with different ways of becoming physically “present” in their work. Elements of various approaches will be taught to assist students in finding freedom and expression in the physical instrument.

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