4-Day Intensive: July 17th, 18th, 19th & 21st
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Reinvigorate your on-screen presence and confidence –
Bring New Life to Your Self-tapes and Auditions
This Zoom course will help you find confidence, to prepare and film self-tapes, and offer new ways to approach all your screen work These days actors are expected to be very self-reliant. Most auditions start as self-tapes, or are done via Zoom. There is little outside help. And working on a TV series usually means engaging with advice from multiple directors and producers, as well as dealing with little or no rehearsal.
This course will offer guidance, tips and exercises to enable your unique charisma to shine through in any role you play.
Suitable both for newly emerging actors and old hands.
(Requires adequate home broadband. Smartphone or camera to film)
Mon: Keeping the Life: (20 min break): intro; differences between stage & screen; the trap of learned lines; Is screen work small? What is a ‘character’?
Screen acting and self-taping/toolbox. Real stories – seeing your unique selves.
Homework: actors to watch their work on playback. Scenes sent out.
Tues: Being a Text Detective: (20 min break): finishing any work remaining from Monday. Scene work in pairs, toolbox etc. Each actor will get time to work within the group. (Rest of group sees work live and it’s recorded to watch later.)
Homework: actors to watch their work on playback. Start to learn scenes!
Wed: The Big Picture: (20 min break): further detailed scene work in pairs. More self-taping info-organic and technical. Games. Questions.
Homework: actors to watch their work on playback. (Any toolbox work will also be recorded and can be downloaded.)
Thursday Homework Day: All actors to self-tape their scenes, and send to Mel via WeTransfer or similar. These must be with her by midnight Australia/3pm BST latest! (If no reader is possible at home, a course scene partner can read in remotely via Zoom.)
Friday: The Proof of the Pudding… (20 min break): Sharing the self-tape work with feedback. Last games. Q&A.
Upon acceptance, you will receive an invoice showing how to pay to secure your place
$675 USD | 4 Days
Mel was a stage and screen actor for the first part of her career. Her theatre work included leading roles for the National Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Theatre Royal Windsor. Now she is an international screen acting and voice coach. Her work with many major theatre companies includes (within the legendary Cicely Berry’ team) vocal coaching for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and as Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s sole voice and text coach for 12 years. She’s also directed, run departments and taught at most of the major London drama schools.
Mel now runs international screen acting courses and is an acting and dialogue coach for screen, having worked on around 65 major film and TV productions.
In the course of this long career, she has coached many wonderful actors including: Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, Kerry Condon, Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch (stage), Stephen Dillane, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Joel Edgerton, Sally Hawkins (stage), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Remy Hii, Kathryn Hunter (stage), Mads Mikkelson, Milla Jovovich, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Jet Li, Rachel McAdams, Clive Owen, Sam Riley, Stellan Skarsgård, Ed Speleers, Michelle Yeoh, Billy Zane and Zhu Zhu.
Mel holds two MAs: Performing Arts (Misddlesex University) and Voice Studies (Royal Central Speech and Drama). She’s written two books: Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second (Random House) and A Screen Acting Workshop (Nick Hern Books). Her third, The Elemental Actor (Nick Hern Books), will be published soon.
Investment: $675 USD | 4 Days
We accept the following payment methods: Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and Afterpay.
Each class will be defined as Beginner, Intermediate or Professional, for this reason, we do request a self tape or showreel upon booking. This evidence will need to be supplied upon registering-please read the specific class requirements before booking. Any questions please use our contact form and we will reach out to you in a timely manner.
All of our online classes are suitable for fluent English-speaking students only. Each class will be defined as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. For this reason, we request a self-tape or showreel upon booking. This evidence will need to be supplied before registering-please read the specific class requirements before booking. Any questions please use our contact form and we will reach out to you in a timely manner.
Our classes are carried out using Zoom so you need to make sure you computer is Zoom compatible and tested- (Voice-Video). Please make sure you have a good fixed internet connection.
All zoom’s are recorded for quality control. If any student misses a class, we will give them a private link to access.
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