The Craft of Auditioning on Camera

The Craft of Auditioning on Camera

The Craft of Auditioning on Camera

Advanced/Professional – Sherman Oaks

The Craft of Auditioning on Camera
  • 8-Week Winter session begins Tuesday, January 21st
  • 8-Week Spring session begins Tuesday, March 24th
  • Limit 12 participants. $440. per individual session/$800. for both
  • ($200. to $220. Per month)

(Sessions can be taken separately or consecutively. *As it’s all about work ethic and continuity, all former students will receive a 10% discount off of the double-session price with sign-up by 12/15/19.)

Where the rubber meets the road! Auditions on camera require rather different skills and approaches than sustained characters. Participants master the tools of the craft and apply them to camera auditioning. Sides are handed out weekly; Most sides will be shot and reviewed in class.

All other aspects of the audition experience will be covered including the initial greeting, risky choices, the imaginary partner, working with the reader, self-recording, transition from person to character, slating energy, using the lens including frame size and eye-line direction, moment-to-moment enjoyment, taking in adjustments, final moments, choosing what to wear, etc. A blueprint approach, guide and check list for auditioning will be covered.

Among the many craft elements employed are: Intention, Whys, Obstacles, Transitions, Beats and Units, physical and vocal/speech adjustments, emotional preparation, emotional homework, impactful choices, etc. Use the craft to get the job! Designed to emphasize compelling, on-camera behavior. Actors explore innovative character choices while making sure performances are real, connected and truthful. During the course of the course, four scenes will be developed and shot single camera style. The many topics covered include: Using the Camera Lens, Frame Size and Camera Angles, Making and Implementing Choices, Risking, Emotional Homework, Emotional Prep, Beats and Units, Transitions, Relishing the Moment, Enjoying the Phrase, Physical and Vocal Life, et al. Special emphasis on eliminating unhelpful, individual habits (e.g. blinking, inappropriate volume for shot size) and promoting positive qualities. Most sessions will be recorded and reviewed.

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.


"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