Screen Acting for Beginners
30th October – 4th December (6 weeks)
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.
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.
Our unique course breaks down the process into tangible digestible steps.
We run two consecutive 6-week courses and students are free to sign up for one or both.
The first six-week course concentrates on:
Oscar-Winning Film Scenes & Tarantino Scene Study
During the course, students will re-create several historic scenes. Over the weeks, we will explore what it takes to create an award-winning scene and to become an award-winning actor.
Legend has it that Quentin Tarantino first experimented with new dialogue in an acting class environment. They say it’s where he discovered his spark.
Together, we’ll bring some of his most famous and infamous scenes to life. It’s an amazing and unique opportunity to delve into and play some of Tarantino’s most notorious characters.
The second six weeks will concentrate on:
Acting for Sitcom & Soap Opera
During this course, students will create their own Sitcom or Soap Opera concept. Next, as a group we will perform and record key scenes before reviewing and critiquing the work together.
Writing and acting in a sitcom or a soap opera presents new challenges. Over the course you’ll learn how to create relatable characters capable of delivering believable dialogue with absolute clarity and conviction.
Think Friends… Think EastEnders… Think Father Ted… Think Emmerdale.
We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll cower as our own creations deliver lines like:
“get out of my pub…”, “put down that banana…”, and “what they hell are you doing in the vicarage at midnight in thigh high boots and a tiara?”
Over the fun-packed six weeks, we’ll learn a good deal about ourselves and our characters.
- 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
- Guidance and exercises to improve your performance on screen
- Opportunities to table read your own and industry scripts