Creating Impact on Camera

Digging Deep: Emotional Content for Actors

Creating Impact on Camera

Digging Deep: Emotional Content for Actors

Intermediate/Professional

13 Sunday Nights beginning September 20, 6:30-9:00 pm

  • Limit 12 participants. $645. total (or 3 installments $215.)
  • (10% “Early Bird,” Multi-class, and Couples Discounts are available)

Increase your knowledge of the filming process and elements of the acting craft in order to create real impact on camera. Exercises, monologues and scenes lead to the internalization of emotion needed for powerful on-camera behavior, including self-recorded auditions.

Emphasis is on compelling behavior that emerges from emotional preparation and exercises that reveal the special nature of acting for film and television. Students learn how to incorporate the lens as a friend and witness to their emotional life. Feedback is individual and specific.

The many topics covered include: Stage vs. Film, Frame Size: Close-up vs. Wide Shot, Camera Terms and Set Parlance, Vulnerability, Internalizing Stakes, Playing Against Emotion, Reaction Shots, Using the Lens, Emotional Preparation, Phones, Letters, Inserts and Props, Marks, Continuity, Editing, Auditions on Camera, etc. Most sessions will be recorded and reviewed.

While focusing on a number of technical aspects, actors are also expected to explore strong character choices, making sure performances are real, connected and truthful. Additionally, Individual tips on maximizing your own “look” and qualities will be offered.

A thorough introduction for the actor new to camera work, plus a great deal of new material for camera veterans. This is a vital class for those wishing to do consistently dynamic and surprising work on camera.

N.B. All courses progress in a logical and consecutive sequence. Furthermore, students are frequently turned away once the maximum number of participants has been reached. For these reasons, students who begin the session agree to commit to the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session.

Testimonials

"He taught more than any other teacher I had . . . is responsible for creating the kind of actor I am today. He taught me how to truly take risks in my work, invest authentically in my characters, and expect nothing but professionalism from myself and my colleagues. Peter’s standards were high and exacting, and as a student, I was thrilled to be held to them. It was the first time I had been treated like an actor, not just as a student. The method that Peter taught is still one that I use today – he gave me the tools to access, emotionally and intellectually, very dense material. He allowed me to see that with every character, every piece there is always a way that is deeper and truer than you first imagine.”
Julianne Moore, Actress

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