Acting Courses Sydney
The Screen Actors Space
Screen Acting Courses 2018-19
A 'Whole'-istic Approach to Screen Acting
The Screen Actor’s Space is offering new opportunities to explore these questions and put the answers into practice with arguably some of the most experienced senior professional teachers in Australia. Our aim is to engage with and develop the ‘whole’ actor, an actor with confidence, craft and broad psychological understanding of human behaviour.
We offer two courses right now, a one year detailed course with a professional show reel at the end (starting Feb 2019) OR a six week introduction to screen acting course with training to use iphones for auditions (starting Nov 2018).
As teachers of acting with many years of experience we are interested in working with a small group of motivated students where we can cater our teaching to the individual acting student. We are interested in teaching without a set curriculum or style, to develop a way to find what each student needs to find their path to the freedom of acting with ease. While structured classes will be part of the process we will keep the individual student in mind. Importantly, all teachers will provide a safe environment where trust is firmly established and where teachers and students together can begin to engage with, understand and quietly remove the barriers that get in the way of accessing the connection to the acting process. We encourage and promote positive self-reflection as a path to healthy acting without which there can be no progress. To this end we offer hard work in a creative, simple and safe place to develop your talent.
SAS Training Modules
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Unpacking Personal & Artistic Obstacles
Personal Development Outside Class
- READ SCRIPTS AND BOOKS. Reading scripts of your own choice and speaking to them in class discussion. Read an instructional method publication and speak to it in class. Learn all lines required for class. Find scenes that you wish to perform in class.
- SHOOTING SCENES. Shoot an occasional scene on your iphone as part of a four person crew and actors.
- PHYSICAL FITNESS. All or some of the below, with structured regular hours. Physical fitness cannot and will not be taught in class as a primary element but it will be required, as it is in the industry. Swimming, Yoga, Pilates, Walking.
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.read more
Casting, Screen Tests & Industry Contact Lists
This will be focused on in the latter stages of the course. Top casting agents will advise you on approaching agents and screen tests.read more
There will be a showing of class work and appraisal at the end of the first six months, and then, at the end of the course a full public screening and assessment of your professionally directed and produced show reel, tailored to your personal skills, type and technical craft abilities.read more