Mulholland Academy

Acting for the Camera classes

Acting for the camera: an introduction

For beginner to intermediate level actors.

Begin to experience your acting work under the microscope that is the camera. Get to know and then exercise the on-camera goals that a professional, experienced film-actor lives by.

Mulholland Academy is offering this class to actors who want the tools to meet the professional demands of working “on camera.” We will, with weekly exercises, explore the differences between acting for the stage and acting for the camera, and then condition the actors to “personalize’ dialogue and behavior, be specific, and stay relaxed take by take in front of the camera.

All exercises have at their core a basis in the principles of Stanislavski, Meisner technique, and Practical Aesthetics.
The class moves briskly, offering perspective and written support information, but concentrating on exercising the actors in a manner that speak to the realistic/naturalistic acting challenges that are demanded of you by world class film work.

We will cover, progressively, such issues as scale of performance, hitting marks, close-ups, behavioral continuity, subtext and screenplay/teleplay analysis.

All students will work on camera in each and every class. Improvised and scripted scenes are used to put the on-camera techniques to work, monologues will be filmed for audition submission level. We will, finally, introduce you to audition technique for casting.

There will be a maximum of 10 students admitted to this class.

This Class is full

Wednesdays 7 to 10pm.

Feb 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th, and March 11th.

PRICE: €525 

Maximum size: 10 participants.

Acting for the camera: advanced

For intermediate & advanced level actors only.

NB: this class is nearly full at posting time. Admittance for additional students to the class is by interview with the mentor, Alex Murphy. If interested, please send an email with details of your experience and short letter of motivation – and we’ll get back to you. Thank you.

Actors need Reels to show their work to agents, casting people and directors. This class is an opportunity to begin, or to add cuts to your Reel with select, contemporary scene work.

The class is designed to hit scene work rehearsals hard, and then get it on film for the possibility of adding to your actors reel.

We will meet weekly for eight 4 hour sessions. A final screening night will be scheduled during the last session, TBA.

Early classes will be scene assignments and rehearsals. There will be four weeks of pure shooting. Each actor will have a chance to get two scenes (2 to 3 minute scenes) to rehearse and have filmed, and one structured, fully improvised scene “on tape.” We will also try to film a monologue for each actor.

All scenes will be edited after each class and uploaded to students within days.

On shooting days, only actors actively shooting need attend-though we’ll encourage all to come by to support the working actors and assist with any costuming, make-up and set work.

Saturdays 3 to 7pm.

April 4th to May 16th – 7 sessions

10 students maximum

PRICE: € 680.

Acting for the camera Summer Intensive: 7 day intensive class.

For beginner to intermediate level actors.

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.

“…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

June 21st to June 27th

7 day intensive:
4 days of Act for Camera primer exercises. 
3 days of shooting scenes. 

Daily, 12 noon to 6pm.

Maximum 10 participants.


Teacher: Alex Murphy

Alex-MurphyThis class is taught by Alex Murphy, an American actor, director and teacher. Alex appeared in the Canal +  films for lead and supporting roles:  Kiler, Mlode Wilki- Parts 1 and 2, and in a recurring role on the eastern European primetime series, Suckces. He has done over 40 plays, most of them in New York City’s Off, and Off-Off Broadway theatre scene. Alex has worked with actors in the USA, Asia and Europe for a number of years. He has guest lectured at Film Act Paris in France, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Hakuna Academy in Antwerp, and the International Academy of Film and Television in Antwerp, Belgium, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and an And/Action Festival featured mentor in Steinkjer, Norway.  Alex was the Senior Mentor for eight years for the full-time acting program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Asia.  Read more about Alex Murphy.