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, which are then shot and edited together.
This course develops the student’s understanding of the delivery of the monologue: a technique that can be applied to everything from auditions to stage readings to film work. Screenplays often incorporate monologues into their dramatic structure, but more importantly, actors must learn the self-discipline to work individually, without relying on a scene partner for inspiration. The focus of this course includes: choosing monologues that are truthful, meaningful, and revealing; performing script analysis on monologues; staging and directing oneself; and developing both outer and inner focal points.
Voice and Movement
An actor’s body is his or her instrument. It must be tuned to perform expertly whenever and however needed. In addition to expanding body flexibility and developing the student’s ability to relax and tense when needed, movement classes focus on breaking down inhibitions, building ensemble spirit, and providing the necessary tools to bring physical dimension to all roles. A primary tool for the actor is an expressive and free voice. In voice classes, 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.
The ability to improvise can never be underestimated when it comes to acting, especially on camera where there is usually very little rehearsal. Whether in comedy or drama, actors improvise well when they are fully engaged, listening to their partners, and releasing their inhibitions about failing. In this course, through games and exercises, students learn how to let their imaginations run wild, how to play well with others, and how to live in the moment, free from anticipating or planning what to do next.
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 course focuses on cold reading techniques, key audition skills, and developing a career strategy. Additionally, students have the opportunity to get live auditioning experience in class.
In this series of classes, students learn directing and editing from the actor’s perspective. Learning the roles of the player on the film set dramatically increases the actor’s ability to collaborate with the filmmakers in developing dynamic performances.