12-Week Evening Acting for Film Workshop

Acting for Film Workshop at NYFA

The 12-Week Evening Acting for Film Workshop is a part-time, evening workshop that provides an introduction to film acting. Students learn professional skills and techniques while honing their dynamic style, gradually building their confidence in front of the camera.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 12-Week Evening Acting for Film Workshop

The film acting workshop encourages students to break down their inhibitions and find the most effective personal sources to create authentic characters. Students should be prepared to work in hands-on acting classes that convey a film or television shoot’s unique pressures.

The workshop emphasizes the theory and practice of the acting craft’s essential elements, using American acting techniques and scene work. Students will also participate in classes that train actors for the requirements of acting on a film set.

Throughout the evening workshop for acting, students will meet with instructors for a one-on-one consultation. Many evening workshop graduates enroll in longer, full-time NYFA programs, such as our 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 12-Week Evening Acting for Film workshop, 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. 

Scene Study 

This course builds a foundation for 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. Students first begin with silent scenes and/or short dialogue scenes. Once the foundation is in place, longer dramatic or comedic scenes are then explored.

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. 

Voice & Movement

Students learn to access their natural voice through relaxation exercises designed to improve alignment and alleviate habitual tension. They will also experiment with different ways of becoming physically “present” in their work. Elements of various approaches will be taught to help the students find expression and freedom within the physical instrument. 


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 that make a successful monologue and prepare pieces to be audition ready.

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This is a part-time workshop typically held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from:

  • New York campus: 7 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • Los Angeles campus: 7:40 PM to 10:20 PM PST
  • Miami campus: 7 PM to 9:30 PM EST

Depending on the program, students are expected to be available to shoot on Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more, request information.


This course requires the following software and equipment:

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

Acting for
Film Alumni

Saana Laigren  

Saana Laigren

Actor | Writer | Producer

Rekha Rana  

Rekha Rana


Santiago Achaga  

Santiago Achaga

Actor | Filmmaker



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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.