The Actors Centre

Starting Out in Screen Acting

WHAT IS IT? A workshop that offers a collaborative and supportive introduction to screen acting from a professional director, for those with little or no experience. HOW WILL IT WORK? Film and TV allows an actor greater freedom to create a more nuanced performance so we will initially rehearse some characters to find performances that work for camera. We will then work on set to fine tune the performance and block the action for camera, looking at hitting your marks for camera focus and lighting set-ups. We will also look at the mechanics of the repeat performance – getting the shots on camera does not only include multiple takes to get the right performance but also different shot sizes and angles on the scene. There is pressure on the actor to perform the same each and every time and we will look at how to maintain focus whilst at the mercy of the technical equipment. During the workshop scenes will be shot and reviewed with feedback. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? A clear overview of how film/TV production works for you the actor. A general understanding of screen performance in addition to the etiquette, processes and terms used on set, and why Film/TV production is done the way it is. Price: £55.


This workshop runs over two days,

June 4, 5


Martin Denham

Martin is a director, producer and scriptwriter. His short film Close To Heaven was an official selection for the Cornwall Film Festival 2013, and was produced in association with Directors UK and ARRI. One of Martin's previous films Dear Mr Cameron (a social statement about the UK riots of 2011), screened at the British Urban Film Festival 2012, was accepted into the London Metropolitan Archives as a work of historical importance. Some of his other independent productions include The Man of Littleworth, Hobby (Official Entry, Virgin Media Shorts), Operation in Bruges (Official Entry – Film Four Scene Stealers 2012), Mastermind, Ekho and The Off Site (Winner – Orbital London Film Challenge). Martin is currently writing his first feature film script.


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