Get results in the professional classes listed below.
Acting and Auditioning Techniques
An audition consists of about 4 minutes, no matter if it’s an audition to get agency representation, or when you are on an actual casting call. You have that amount of time to grab their attention and knock the material out of the park. The talent needs to understand what to do on an audition, what to wear, where to focus, how to deliver the material, and most importantly, what not to do. The talent will run though commercials, monologues, mock interviews, and more.
Improv is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one’s immediate environment and inner feelings. It’s thinking out loud and “on the spot” or “off the cuff.” Spontaneous comebacks are essential for the actor/performer in auditions and meetings with agencies, agents, casting directors, producers and film directors. Some notable and genius improvisation talent – Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Saturday Night Live casts, and more.
Fundamentals of Acting
A must do for every actor! The following is covered in this class: Basic elements of acting, stage terms, stage direction, (SL, Exiting, etc), taking direction, working as a team on stage, theatre games and scenes emphasizing relations, what they need in the scene, stakes (scenes emphasizing stakes), moment before, environment, breaking down a scene, history/character Work, fourth wall, putting the basics to work. Then Review! Fix, Refine and Celebrate!
Master Class Program
Two methods offered, Meisner and Method. You must be invited in by the instructor to attend these workshops. The class contains serious actors (age is not a limiting factor) who want to be pushed to the utmost level of acting. Students need to have impeccable attendance, be on top of their material, know their lines, and be prepared for class. These two classes are conducted by industry professionals (Jeff Celentano, film director and Randall England, actor, writer, producer). These are certainly workshops to aspire to.
Intro to Scene/Writing for TV and Film
Students are given the opportunity to write scene(s) with classmates or individually. They get to perform the scene with fellow classmates and actors in the classroom environment. Then they get to fix, refine and celebrate their work!
Actors will learn to speak by addressing their thoughts outloud to an audience of other cast members. A monologue class is the ultimate training in public speaking. This also equates to an oral book report at school, a sales presentation or a closing argument.
On Camera Workshops
The camera is a vital tool in acting and performing. In addition to having to learn their “lines”, the talent will have to learn to perform with the camera capturing their performances. The talent will learn such terminology and functions such as: Camera right, camera left, banana shot, cheat the scene, close up, cover shots, crane shot, cue, cutaway, dress the set, long shots, matching actions, inserts, and more.
The student is given a particular scene from a movie, television show, or a play. They are paired with a classmate(s) and run the lines during a brief break in the class. The instructor then has them perform the scene in front of their classmates. The teacher will critique the read and give constructive advice. The students learn, through reading comprehension the mechanics of their scene as to the Who, What, Where, When and Why.
Voice and Dictation Dialects
The actor’s voice is a diverse and powerful instrument and must be trained through classes to express a wider range of emotion, character and life. Voices must resonate without damaging the vocal chords. They must be clear and concise and versatile. A voice and diction class will help not only actors but also singers, musicians, debaters and public speakers. Voice classes can start as early as age 10. It can be picked up at any stage of life. This is a definite must have on your acting resume. A role may require an accent/dialect, maybe from the south, or England, Italy, or any place on earth. Nailing the appropriate dialect can be a hit or miss in landing a role.
Advanced Vocal Training (Invite Only)
Advanced Vocal Class for the serious vocalists who truly want to move to the next level of singing. Heavy focus on the structure of the vocal chords, the mechanics, exercises to not injure the voice, head & chest focus, developing the ear and more. This class covers all areas of singing – from opera to pop/rock. You must be evaluated before participating in this class.
Vocal Training and Singing
Focus on running scales, breathing exercise, and voicercize songs. Developed by Beverly Bremers (a hit recording artist), the students will learn to match pitch and tune their ear. Students are invited to bring along their favorite karaoke CD and will work on their songs in class.
Intermediate Film Production
Now that you know how to make a good movie, let's grab some camera gear and get started! You'll get some hands-on experience using professional filming equipment, and learn about shutter speed, white balancing, lighting, using the right microphone, using the right camera lens, and then you'll film a scene and learn how to edit it.
Find out what makes a good movie! You'll learn about camera angles, camera movement, different shot types and their psychological meanings, different film genres, editing, and so much more. In six weeks, we'll watch several movie scenes and talk about why the director chose to film it a certain way. You'll learn every detail about what goes into every frame, and greatly improve your movie production knowledge!
Advanced Film Production
This class will be mostly hands-on with the Instructor guiding the students along the way. In six weeks, the students will:
Receive a script that the Instructor assigns to each group.
They will storyboard it and draw the appropriate angles of what they have in mind.
Cast actors who audition for them, and learn how to direct them.
They’ll decide on a wardrobe for each character.
They’ll film the movie on location.
They’ll edit the movie in Final Cut Pro.
We’ll have a screening party with all actors and filmmakers.
Master the art of the professional editing software Final Cut Pro! In this class, students will:
Learn how to edit any kind of scene.
Watch examples of different editing in different films.
Edit two different scenes - one narrative and one documentary.
Go over special effects.
Be given bad footage and then taught how to make it broadcast quality.
Learn about color correction and different filters to apply to each clip.
Study the appropriate pacing of editing.
Go over audio editing, and how to add music and sound effects.
Acting for the Camera
This is a great class for aspiring actors who want to make it to the big screen! Acting on stage and acting in front of a camera are two different ballparks! In this class, you will:
Learn all about the techniques of acting in front of a camera, and the strategies that professional film actors use to motivate the camera.
Watch scenes from movies to see how Oscar-winning actors cheat to the camera, use business in the frame, be aware of their frame, etc.
Get into groups and film each other acting out scenes so that you can practice acting in front of the camera.
Work with students from the film production classes.
After the class, you'll have scenes to use for your reel!