1-Week Acting for Film Workshop

Intensive Acting Course at NYFA’s Acting for Film School

In this rigorous workshop, students get an excellent introduction to the art of acting for film. Students learn the essentials of performance through scene study, voice, and movement, working in a collaborative, supportive environment.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 1-Week Acting for Film Workshop

The one-week intensive acting program is designed to serve the needs of different types of students. Students focus on acting for film and scene study, with additional time spent with voice and movement, as well as improvisation and the business of acting. Students also learn cold reading techniques. Students who wish to continue their studies can apply credit towards and transfer to an extended acting program.

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 one-week acting for film workshop, see NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.


Acting For Film

In Acting for Film 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 with instructor supervision. In addition, students may learn to perform a number of film crew positions to broaden their knowledge of the duties of everyone on a professional film set.

Scene Study

This course builds a foundation for acting through the study of the execution of a written scene. By working on sections of published plays and screenplays, students 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. Students first begin with silent scenes and/or short dialogue scenes before longer dramatic or comedic scenes are explored. 

Acting Technique

Students are introduced to tools necessary to hone and focus their acting skills. Students will work on exercises helping them to imaginatively personalize the given circumstances, and learn concepts that lead to moment-to-moment behavior in their work. 

Voice and Movement

In this course, 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. In addition to breath work, this course focuses on relaxation and posture to nurture the actor’s instrument. 

Text Analysis

This course introduces the core skills necessary to analyze and break down scripts. Students will work with text, applying key concepts discussed.


Students will work on an assigned monologue, applying text and character analysis learned thus far. Students are introduced to strategies that make a successful monologue. 

Special Topics

Special Topics offers students the opportunity to explore key acting topics in an in-depth lecture/workshop format. Topics covered relate to the craft and/or industry and give students current insights to apply to a career or further studies. Classes that may be offered include Acting Technique, Scene Study, Voice and Movement, and Monologues.

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This course requires the following software and equipment:

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

Acting for
Film Alumni

Zhuo Tan  

Zhuo Tan


Warina Hussain  

Warina Hussain

Actor | Model

Elnaaz Norouzi  

Elnaaz Norouzi

Actor | 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.