Every movie has two lead characters: the lead male and lead female.
But many of them also have dozens of actors playing character parts — interesting, eccentric or unusual characters who move in and out of the storyline, and are sometimes more memorable than the leads.
(Some lead actors, like Meryl Streep, are also considered character actors because of the wide range of characters they can portray.)
In this class you’ll learn how to create a range of different CHARACTER TYPES — then choose four of them to polish and perfect. You’ll have fun and get out of any performance ruts you may have fallen into, while expanding the range of characters you can play.
The exercises we’ll do in this class are fun, and can also be helpful for actors wanting to be seen by casting directors in a broader light.
In this class, we’ll focus on developing our foundational CAMERA ACTING SKILLS. Whether you’re interested in acting on television; acting in commercials; acting in movies; or acting in independent films – this class can help.
Students will practice their camera-acting techniques, learning to tailor their performance to the camera.
Some in-class performances will be filmed and watched in class using a pro camcorder, and students will be given feedback on both both what they’re doing well, and how to sharpen and improve their on-camera acting.
We’ll practice interacting with other actors on camera; learning how to let go of self-consciousness and forget you’re being filmed; learning how to walk to a mark; learning how to “size” your performance as the camera angles are varied, making your performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation; and other skills associated with acting for the camera.
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In this class, our focus will be on moving our acting to a more natural and realistic level. We’ll do “listening and responding” exercises, silent acting exercises, physical acting, and perform some longer and more complex scenes.
As in the first two courses, students will get lots of acting practice and performance time in front of the class. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program. Instructor: Nils Osmar
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In this class, you’ll learn how to approach scripts professionally, focusing on your character’s goal (what he or she wants in the scene); motivation (why it matters); and other key elements of acting, to bring the character you’re portraying into focus and bring the scene to life.
We’ll do more improv, scene work, and warm up exercises, while moving students’ acting abilities to the next level. As in all of our classes, there’s lots of performance time and practice in class. Fun times! And lots of learning. Instructor: Nils Osmar