7-day Acting for the Camera/Shooting Scenes Intensive
In today’s film world, you never want to be caught “acting.” The goal, always, when the camera rolls: you must get an audience to believe “you are who you say you are.”
Our seven days together will take, as its primary goal, the great and perhaps the most useful notion in “on-camera” work: of building a “new version of me” for each and every second that the camera rolls. “Personalization” of any and all role playing on-camera is the technique notion of our time, and we will go after that. It is the demand made by all the best film work today.
The “personalization” goal will be the backdrop for our exercises over the first 4 days. Additionally, there will be monologue assignments and presentation, scene work, structured improvisations for camera, and technique specific exercises to advance the student’s working knowledge of technical requirements of acting for the camera. We will exercise as many challenging shot set-ups as possible for the actor to test themselves. During our last 3 days actors will be assigned multiple short scenes with dialogue and structured improvisations with partners to prepare and shoot. We will also examine fundamentals of good audition technique for the camera, and then prepare and “mock” audition the actor for a functional sense of the casting process. Actors will be urged to do some homework and rehearsals in the off hours.
“Acting is ALWAYS a challenge.” Robert Downey Jr.
“…the goal of the film actor is NOT to create a performance at all, but rather a reality to be recorded and shaped…” – Robert Benedetti.
4 days of Act for Camera primer exercises.
3 days of shooting scenes.
Daily, 12 noon to 6pm.
Workshop dates: July 22nd (Monday), 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th(Sunday)
Maximum size: 10 participants.
This class will be taught by Alex Murphy. As an actor Alex has performed on film in the US, Europe, and in Asia. He has performed in over 40 plays in Asia, Europe, and the US-many in the Off-off Broadway circuit in New York City. Alex was the Sr Mentor for eight years for the full-time act program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Asia.