15-Week Online Acting For Film Workshop

Develop Your Acting Skills at NYFA

The 15-Week Online Acting for Film Workshop is part-time and held in the evenings, making it the ideal program for individuals balancing the workshop with other responsibilities. The two principal areas of concentration in this intensive program are Acting for Film and Scene Study and coincide in creating short, filmed scenes in which students act. The edited scenes are the main projects of the workshop. Scene Study emphasizes the theory and practice of the basic elements of the acting craft, using Stanislavsky’s system. Acting for Film classes aim to train students for the requirements of acting on a film set. 

Program Description Program Name: 15-Week Online Acting For Film Workshop

The 15-Week Online Acting for Film Workshop encourages students to break down physical and internal inhibitions and helps each student find the most effective personal sources for creating truthful characters. Students should be prepared to perform in non-traditional acting classes that emphasize the construction and control of character.

The educational objectives of the 15-Week Acting for Film Workshop are as follows: 

  • Break a scene down into beats, create an emotional arc, establish an objective, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to achieving the objective; define playable actions. 
  • Deepen the actor’s connection to their voice and body, allowing them to free up natural impulses and hone their ability to express themselves effectively.
  • Modulate a performance to fit the framing of shots, from establishing to close-up; use dramatic action, observation, and characterization through scene work; apply text analysis to scripted material. 

As the program is constructed to deliver a great deal of content quickly, it is an exceptional opportunity for a total immersion experience. Classes will meet twice a week, and students will need to do some preparation outside of class.

Prerequisites – This is an introductory workshop, no prerequisites are required, nor any prior experience expected. 

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Class Details

Acting For Film

In this course, students learn the basics of film acting: calibrating performances based on 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 and plays, filmed via the online platform with instructor guidance. Additionally, there will be discussions about filmcraft, the business of acting and auditioning. 

Acting Technique and Scene Study

This course builds a foundation of acting through the execution of a written scene. By working on sections of plays and screenplays, actors 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. 

Voice and movement exercises will also be explored so students can work toward an expressive and free voice and body. Each student will gain insight into effectively freeing their instrument, providing the necessary tools to bring dimension to all roles.

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Times and Breakdown by Week

The 15-Week Online Acting for Film Workshop follows the same curriculum as the on-campus 4-Week Workshop, but is spread over 15 weeks, and are designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments. The 15-Week Workshop meets as a class with a live instructor Tuesdays and Thursdays with an additional class on Wednesdays for weeks 14 and 15.
Scheduled classes are as follows:
  • 1 x 2.5 hour class on each meeting day, as indicated above.
  • There are two program schedule options to choose from: All 15-Week Online workshops (excluding Screenwriting) are offered in Time Zone Option 1: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Pacific Time (for the start time for other time zones, click here)
  • There will be a total of 80 hours of class time for 15-week online workshops.

Program and Software Requirements

This course requires the following software and equipment:

  • Laptop or desktop computer 
  • Smartphone with a camera

Suggested Resources

  • Blue or grey backdrop (optional)
  • Lapel microphone (attaches to a smartphone, optional)
  • Ring light (optional)


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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.