Mulholland Academy

Acting for the Camera

Acting for the Camera - Summer Intensive courses

“Intimacy is the new punk.” -Alejandro González Iñárritu

In todays 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 six 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. 

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

The “personalization” goal will be the backdrop for all of our exercises-all crafted to speak to the acting challenges that are demanded of you by world class film work-psychological realism.

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.

Over the course of the 6 days the actors will be assigned multiple short scenes with dialogue, and then 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 additional rehearsals in the off hours.

Acting for the Camera – July Intensive

with Alex Murphy.

A 6 day Intensive Workshop leaps into testing your own actors energy under the microscope that is the camera. Give yourself a chance to experiment, and then, significantly, begin to work with gold standard actor technique, and specifically the on-camera techniques that professional, experienced film actors live by-worldwide. 

Shooting scenes and solo exercise challenges.

For advanced beginners and experienced actors.

Dates: July 21st to July 26th

(6 day workshop-Tuesday to Sunday.)

Times: 12pm – 6pm each day.

Maximum class size: 8 students.

Fee: €675.

Acting for the Camera – August Intensive

with Alex Murphy.

Shooting scenes, technique exercises and solo camera challenges.

For advanced beginners and experienced actors.

Dates: 4th to August 9th.

(a 6 day workshop, Tuesday to Sunday).

Times: 12pm – 6pm  each day.

Maximum class size: 8 students.

Fee: €675.

Acting for the camera: advanced

Working now with the government mandated guidelines, actors will be given specific scheduled appointments with the mentor for on-camera work individually, and eventually in pairs for socially distanced scene work.

Actors scheduled for these controlled, distanced private sessions will be kept informed via email with time-tables for their scheduled workouts on-camera.

Meetings for rehearsals and final shootings will be conducted between 1pm and 7pm, by appointment, on Saturdays from June 6th to July 4th.

This session is sold-out.

Teacher: Alex Murphy


This class will be taught by Alex Murphy. As an actor Alex has performed in film and Television 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 for 10 years for the full-time act program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Asia, and developed and implemented that program in Belgium, at IAFT Antwerp. Alex has taught at Film Act Paris, at Hakuna Academy in Belgium, and farm in Amsterdam. Read more about Alex Murphy.