Like any other creative art is so much craft.An actor needs to learn how to breath, how to move, how to use his voice and how to relax. An actor requires the training of an athlete only to be told that his goal is not the winning of a hundred meters race.
Over a period of three months, the intensive professional-level course provides specialized training in acting. The students are trained in a variety of classes which broadens their knowledge of acting techniques and style. The first half of the programme concentrates on the foundations of acting, using training techniques rooted in theatre but applicable to screen acting. Students also participate in a broad array of core classes that introduce them to finding the actor within, while simultaneously training themselves to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting.
In the second portion the core classes continue as the students’ focus intensifies on applying the techniques they have learned to more elaborate scene work and on-camera exercises— all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting ability. At several points in both sections, students are exposed to sessions and workshops with celebrity guests.
During the course, participants will get a certificate. They will also get a free video showreel and photographs of their performance and also a mini portfolio.
Technique Level and techniques
The technique level lets the beginner performer explore the physical, emotional and vocal life necessary for an energized, focused, creative camera performance. The curriculum for the course includes:
Achieve awareness of ones potential for a professional acting career. Work on commercial copy through improvisation, on-camera copy, discussion of students type, and how student will fit into the acting profession.
This class gives the more advanced students in the Summer Program an opportunity to review his/her craft and begin to learn how to apply the actors work to the camera. Students will learn how to prepare scenes chosen from film and television scripts on their own and show up to the set camera ready. Technical skills such as memorization, hitting marks, finding your camera, acting in specific shots, and on-set behavior are also part of this syllabus.
Discuss basic film acting technique, lay a foundation for the audition process and for more advanced training in film and TV performance. Students to be engaged in exercises in auditioning, breaking down a scene, and exploring basic acting technique.
Achieve spontaneity and freedom through improvisational techniques, using body, gestures, and emotion, for use in aspects of on-camera performance. Engage in group scenes, two-person exercises, and solo work, emphasizing spontaneity, listening, making and committing to choices, agreement, and working with others.
Act and speak specifically in voice-over microphone work; prepare the moment before; apply subtext to meaning and inflection; identify key words; work with a partner. Students engage in exercises in physical alignment, inner dialogue, breaking down texts, styles, tags, slating, accents and character, focus, breath awareness, and broadcast jargon
Actor and Camera
This aspect of training is a highly technical endeavour which deals with all the technical nuances of film acting, concerning the camera. Here the students get to know the importance of the camera, camera placement, camera movement, shot division, shot taking, types of shots, the presence of the actor before the camera, the significance of the ‘mark’ vis-à-vis the camera, etc.