6-Week Acting for Film Workshop

Hands-on Acting Classes

In NYFA’s 6-Week Acting for Film Program, students learn the fundamentals of acting and live performance. Through technical, emotional, and physical coursework and projects, students build confidence in acting for film, monologues, voice and movement, improvisation, audition technique, and film craft.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 6-Week Acting for Film Workshop

At NYFA’s Acting for Film School, students learn the fundamentals of acting and how to apply them to screen acting. As our workshop continues, students will apply the techniques they learn to more elaborate scene work, on-camera exercises, and film shoots—all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting abilities.

No significant prior experience or knowledge is required for this workshop, as the program brings everyone to the same level very quickly. Many graduates of the six-week acting classes enroll in more extended NYFA programs at campuses and locations worldwide, such as the 1-Year Acting for Film Certificate.

NYFA also offers the possibility to learn acting for film from anywhere through a variety of online acting for film workshops.

To learn more about the NYFA’s acting classes, see NYFA’s Course Catalog, or request more information.

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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. 

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 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.

Film Craft

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.

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These are intensive, full-time Monday through Friday programs that typically run in three x 3hr sessions from morning to evening. There are breaks in between sessions. Students will need to anticipate extra time outside of class to complete assignments, projects, and exercises. Daily class times may vary, and there may be occasional Saturday classes. Request information to learn more.


This course requires the following software and equipment:

  • External hard drive (generally costs $30-$200)
  • An SD Card

Acting for
Film Alumni

Matty Cardarople  

Matty Cardarople


Natalia Butkevich  

Natalia Butkevich

Actor | Writer | Cinematographer

OC Ukeje  

OC Ukeje

Actor | Musician | Model



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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.