The Actors Centre

Screen Acting: From Self-Taping to Set

Paul Cawley and Inquisitive Pictures have partnered up as one professional actor and a pair of joint directors to provide a unique workshop that will allow participants to understand screen work from two different angles – the actor's and the director's. WHAT IS IT? Find out how to get, and to keep getting, jobs on screen with input from both sides of the camera. To include: self-taping, auditioning on camera, how to deal with a recall, how to deal with directors’ 'advice', how to behave on set, understanding who the crew are, the things no-one tells you, how to avoid pitfalls, how to make the most of the experience, and how to be remembered for the right reasons... HOW WILL IT WORK? In the morning we will concentrate on self-taping. You will be provided with a short 30-second scene on the day. At the end of this session you will have a self-tape made and edited during the workshop, and the confidence to do it for yourself the next time. In the afternoon we will look at screen work from audition to set, as well as audition and film set etiquette: what to expect and how to make it work. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? By having both sides of the camera represented you will get to see screen work in the round, and by using role play and Q&A you will understand and enjoy your next screen job more. By understanding processes such as self-taping from technical and artistic perspective we aim to take the fear out of the process. This workshop is for all every level of experience. Participants must bring a fully charged smartphone with a video facility. Price: £65


Paul Cawley

Paul’s screen career has recently included work in Peaky Blinders, Catastrophe, Unforgotten, Partners In Crime, as well as both series of The Wrong Mans, and he will appear in Old Boys for Film 4 next year. On stage his work includes appearances at Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre, NT, Chichester, BAC, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre 503, The  Gate and  The Finborough, as well as appearances in the West End. He has taught at The Actors Centre, Mountview, City Lit and The Drama Studio and he has been one of the Equity/Skillset Careers Advisors since 2005. 

Linda Ludwig

Linda Ludwig and James Curle have worked together at Inquisitive Pictures as joint directors since 2011. They have produced and directed many corporate projects, actor showreels, commercials, music videos and drama, including more than 10 short films. Whilst Linda’s background lies in news-production for television and in over 7 years of writing experience, James found his way into directing through the editing of commercials. Their most recent film The Surprise (2016) and more of their work can be found on the Inquisitive website: 


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