Vivienne Cozens teaches screen acting at The Actors Centre. Here, she writes about her upcoming workshop Get Your Act Together into Screen Acting and tells us what participants can expect over the course of the weekend.
This workshop provides an opportunity to work for a whole weekend recording and filming a number of scenes so that actors can develop confidence in screen acting performance. A number of scenes will be sent for learning of lines and preparation of mood and character. These will cover new writing, or plays which may not have been filmed before and which may have originated on stage, as well as comedy scenes and classics.
The aim is to make participants feel confident about acting in front of the camera and build on experience already learned in smaller roles. The course is for all levels of participants, from newcomers to more experienced performers.
Over the two days, actors will learn what you need to know about screen acting disciplines. From learning lines in advance and whether you are a newcomer, or experienced in the theatre, having perhaps been on a theatre tour, it is essential to practice on camera to understand the different performance techniques involved in giving a realistic performance.
Starting with improvisation on the first day, participants will also need to learn three scenes to perform and another two for the second day. All shots will be played back to participants throughout. This will allow more time to work on close-ups where the eyes tell the story.
Get Your Act Together Into Screen Acting takes place at The Actors Centre on 12 October. For more information as well as booking information, click here.
About Vivienne Cozens
Vivienne Cozens is a highly experienced Producer/Director with a list of credits for her work in television drama, training at the BBC,film and studio director's course , feature films made in Germany,and Malaysia, in Ireland directing Fair City and fringe theatre in London. Her credits include EastEnders, Blakes Seven, Angels, Grange Hill, Brookside, Fraggle Rock, Fair City, In The Picture, City of The Rich, The Westwoods, and Between The Lines. She has been a tutor at a number of Drama Schools- Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Drama Studio, City Lit and Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Recently she has been a visiting lecturer at University of Bedfordshire and University of Greenwich. She has worked at the The Actors Centre for a long time and it is her favourite place to work.
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