Seven-Week Course

Acting Courses Sydney



The Screen Actors Space

A seven week introduction to the SAS 'whole-istic' training for the screen with all teachers. Nine hours per week, one day a week. Begins December 4 2019, goes to January 29, 2020. Apply Now

Course Overview

This is a short introduction to film acting for students who wants to understand just the basics of screen acting and the SAS ‘whole-istic’ approach. It will involve physical and voice training as well as acting for the screen. There will be no showreel as such but students will be taught to capture auditions on their smart phones and also will have the opportunity  to make show scene on their phones or copy onto their USB. The course will be taught by Chrissie Koltai, Lisa Schouw and Stephen Wallace with extra input from Ross McGregor.

The course dates and times:This is a 7 week course starting Wednesday December 4, 2019. This course will run  on Wednesdays for seven weeks, except for the second week which will be run on Thursday Dec 12 from 10 am till 9.30pm.

The dates for the whole course are  Wed Dec 4, Thurs Dec 12, Wed Dec 18, Wed Jan 8, Wed Jan 15, Wed Jan 22, Wed Jan 29. Each day the course runs from 10 am till 9.30pm with  four sessions:

10-12pm Physical movement (Chrissie Koltai)

1-3pm Voice training (Lisa Schouw)

3pm to 5.30pm Acting training (Stephen Wallace, Ross Mcgregor)

6.30-9.30pm Acting training

For fees see terms and conditions in ‘Apply Now’. 

Applications by: Monday November 18, 2019 ………Audition/interviews Friday November 22, 10am to 4pm

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Exploring different methods, both established and new. We will concentrate on finding the most appropriate ones to suit your personal processes of learning, the understanding of human nature and how to build character and personality. How to improvise, how to research, how to build and express character.

Our philosophy is that acting in the moment, getting to the end of a thought, is essential to success and is dependent on craft as much as instinct.

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voice acting

Finding your central note. Breathing. Necessary accents, (particularly American). Developing structured personal exercises. Examining and analysing your vocal tensions and habits towards developing a free and flexible sound.

Voice development is a slow and personal process, dependent on the understanding of where the one you use originates. It is the result of muscle memory and may need re-figuring.

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movement and body in acting for the screen

Developing physical flexibility, strength and release through a variety of movement traditions.

There is often dissatisfaction for many of us when it comes to the way we view and feel about our body. We will begin to understand how to embrace our body with kindness and compassion bringing the body and mind together with a fresh, calm energy and begin to truthfully know and accept the body we live in. Delicacy is important when working with the body however the premise of playfulness is paramount to open our hearts to a truthful connection to the body therefore the self.

When we really inhabit ourselves, we can as Actors more easily read and trust our instincts. To truly know one self in all ways can be a life long journey but we can have a lot of joy along the way. It will be gentle, sometimes difficult as well as fun working together with what we have – the truth of our bodies.

Body work will involve basic warm up, physical awareness of the body in space , meditation, practical and playful exploration of body language both affect and gesture. A meditative approach to letting go of preconceived assumptions of one self.

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Script Analysis for Acting for the Screen
Script Analysis

You will learn the basic tenants of story-telling on the screen. Also how to read the orchestration and meaning of individual scenes without knowledge of the rest of the script. This can be useful to you when you are auditioning. We will examine punctuation, structure, subtext and themes. You will be writing personal histories and turning incidents into scenes. read more

technicals for screen acting

You will learn how to work with a camera and with a crew, how to use your voice on film, working with a sound recordist, how to achieve continuity of performance, how a scene is broken down in cinema, how to keep consistency in the scene, how to use things like a telephone or green screen, how to improvise for film. You will learn the various shot sizes and camera movements you have to work with, working with a dolly, crane and hand held cameras, or in a car and other small spaces.

You will learn who’s who is a film crew and how to approach them, how to approach and prepare for auditions, pre and post production etiquette, ADR (post sync) and voice over techniques, terminologies, rehearsal and blocking for setups on set.

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