Acting for TV and Film
Shaun has worked as a professional actor for eleven years in a career spanning theatre, film, television and radio. In 2015 he co-created crime-drama series Farr, with writer/director Aidan Largey, which premiered on the international RTE player. To date, Farr has won five international awards from major web-pilot festivals in Europe and America, including Best Drama at Seriesfest Colorado andITVfest Denver, and two Best Actor awards for Shaun’s performance of the character Michael Gallagher. Farr is currently in development for a major series release. Other television credits include Game of Thrones (HBO), The Frankenstein Chronicles (ITVencore), The Lodge(The Disney Channel), Betrayal of Trust (BBCNI), and Dani’s Castle (CBBC). Film credits include Halo: Nightfall (Scottfree), The Butchering (What’s Next films) and Made in Belfast (KGB) to name but a few.
Emma trained at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY). Recent theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre – International Tour), Abigail’s Party (40th Anniversary Production, UK No.1 Tour) The End of the Line and A Bunch of Amateurs (both Southwold Summer Repertory), Yen (Gothenburg English Studio Theatre), April in Paris (UK No.1 tour), September in the Rain (UK No.1 Tour), Phaedra’s Love (Arcola Theatre), Torn Out Pages (Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival). TV and film credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV), Downton Abbey (ITV), Doctors (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), Downhill (Feature), Jo (Short) – for which Emma won the Bazza Film Festival Best Actress `Award in 2018. Emma also founded and runs Reduced Circumstances, a theatre company committed to nurturing talent and developing new work.
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There are many disciplines in the world of acting. Among the most challenging and yet rewarding is that of acting on screen. Acting in front of a lens, is a polar shift from treading the boards. The intensity and pressure to perform can feel overwhelming.
The first six-week course concentrates on:
Award-winning scenes for the Oscars
Our screen acting course is entering a brand new semester and once again we’re teaming up with award winning actor Shaun Blaney (Game of Thrones, the Frankenstein Chronicles) to deliver 12 weeks packed with scenes from some of the best movies ever put to film.
Share scenes with classmates and study cinema greats such as Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, The Irishman) and David Fincher (Seven, the Social Network), putting yourself in scenes performed by film legends like Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. Each week Shaun guides classes through the essentials of acting for screen, promoting honest and natural acting in a fun environment. This coming semester promises to push students even further, going deeper into the process of screen acting to help each student realise their own potential for on-screen greatness.
“The key to growing as an actor lies in access to good material and good people to perform with.”
The second week of the course will be led by Emma Keele:
“Drama is life with all the boring bits cut out” – Alfred Hitchcock
In this term’s course, instructor Emma Keele (Emmerdale, Downton Abbey, Silent Witness) will be working with all things naturalistic. She will draw from her experience as an actor and her training at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY), teaching a range of techniques from practitioners including Stanislavski, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen, to help students unearth the truthful, real emotions required to build three-dimensional characters.
We will be looking at a broad range of screenplays, both British and American, exploring the differences in scripts for feature film, TV dramas and comedies, ongoing serials and soap operas, and how those differences affect the requirements of your performance.
We will unpick all things technical and how they relate to performance: different shot sizes, hitting your mark, single camera versus multi.
We will explore the audition process for screen and how to prepare fully within a tight time-frame, giving you the tools to improve your skills in sight-reading and learning lines.
This will be an active course with a range of activities and the opportunity to get on camera and evaluate your performance through playback each week. Although you’ll be working hard, you can expect lots of laughs and fun! This is a not-to-be-missed course for anyone interested in acting in TV and film.
What You Will Learn:
- Vocal and physical acting techniques relevant to screen acting as opposed to stage acting
- Golden rules for acting truthfully
- Techniques to feel natural and confident in front of the camera
- Techniques to learn lines effectively
- Shot sizes and how they affect your performance
- Guidance and exercises to improve your performance on screen
- Opportunities to table read your own and industry scripts