Masterclass in Screen Acting Techniques
Thursday 6pm – 11pm
Christopher has trained with some of the best acting coaches in the world, namely: Ivana Chubbuck, Larry Moss, Cicely Berry, Ellen Burstyn, Carl Ford, Laura Gardner and Margie Haber. He continues to believe in training and that an actor never stops learning and refining their skills and wants to develop and nurture actors with his practical approach to screen and stage work. Workshops are based in practical exercises with a focus on scene study and accessing tools to use in auditions, self tests or for on set work. Christopher’s work asks the actor to focus on empowering him/herself to make dynamic choices and discover the tools within, by being in partnership with the writer. Having Self Discipline will give you a foundation to build upon, this will forge with Exploration of choices to create an ownership of a process, which will allow an actor to be confident to take risks, giving yourself permission to be independent and able to work effectively and efficiently in the time restrictive conditions of our industry. Drawing on over 13 years Professional Acting experience and dividing his time between film, theatre and teaching Christopher believes in being relevant and necessary and keeping in touch with industry trends.
- practical exercises on camera
- emotional triggers
- acting techniques
- script analysis
Sensory awareness, movement, gesture and vocal work will be explored towards the goals of creating compelling characters on screen, including films, TV shows or web series.
Classes are Thursday Evenings 6pm – 11 pm. Classes are by invitation only please send CV, showreel and headshot to the factory email address. They are ongoing monthly classes @ $350 incl GST or $650 incl GST for 8 consecutive weeks..
Christopher is available for private coaching and self tests upon request.
Advanced Screen Acting Techniques
In these classes Brad will be working toward giving the students an indepth understanding of how to bring a Film / TV script/scene to life in front of the camera. The main focus areas will be making dynamic choices that sit well outside of the generic choices most actors make in regards to the thematic obligation of the piece. Will also look at simple camera techniques that assist in arming the student with confidence and range in the audition room and then translating that onto set. Audition technique will be examined with a focus on presenting the CD with a revelation in the room….Increasing the possibility of callback or booking the role. Scenes to be explored will cover genres…Sci Fi, Drama and Comedy from both films and television. The sessions will always be geared toward industry relevant material. Cold reading last minute rewrites and meeting directors visions/expectations will also be closely examined.
Brad’s teaching approach centres on instrumental and emotional connection, with an intense focus on scene/script analysis. He has studied personally with Eric Morris in Los Angeles as well as with Anthony Brandon Wong (Chubbuck Technique) and others in addition to his own in depth training via QUT. Brad has been seen most recently playing popular villain, ‘Jacka Hills’, on long running hit television series, Neighbours, as well as in the much lauded PAWNO, which screened at MIFF 2015, was a finalist at Cinefest, and was nominated for an AACTA Award. In 2016 he also hit Australian TV screens in the highly anticipated mini-series, BROCK, based on the life of racing driver, Peter Brock; and in kids television series, Mako Mermaids, which screens on Network Ten, Disney and Netflix worldwide. 2017 heralds a role for Brad in Blue Murder: Killer Cop, the long-awaited sequel to Blue Murder. Other recent credits include San Andreas, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the worldwide hit series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
He has worked with such Hollywood luminaries as Harvey Keitel, in Fatal Honeymoon (2012) Cuba Gooding Jr in Deception (2013) and Ray Liotta in Bad Karma (2012). He is also well known by TV fans worldwide as ‘the man who shot Lisa McCune’ in popular Australian series, Sea Patrol. Other notable credits include the terrifying role of ‘Derek’ in the award-winning revenge film, The Horseman, (2009) and the irascible ‘Big Elvis’ in 2007’s comedy of errors, Crooked Business and a role alongside William Hurt in 2006’s Stephen King series, Nightmares and Dreamscapes.
To apply please send your headshot and CV.
Celebrating the Voice
Exploring, connecting, and celebrating your voice
Helen is a writer, accent and acting coach, and her practice in all these areas has led her recently to focus on perhaps the most significant asset of your acting life: your voice. If acting is about communicating stories and images, ideas and emotions, then every actor is reliant on a fit, flexible body and a similarly able, strong, voice which can effortlessly attract, contact and engage witnesses – other people around you at work and play, alongside you in performance, or in your audience – be it in a cinema, theatre or lounge room!
Once an actor’s voice is free, wide-ranging and vibrant, it needs regular attention, challenges and care to maintain that ideal state. A voice that can change another’s mind or heart – or even move the world a little – is usually the result of a lifetime of commitment to it: and this hard fact can sometimes leave even the most motivated among us a little overwhelmed by the demands on our time and energy.
When my fellow actors become my clients, I encourage them to embrace their own voices and commit to their care; but I know how challenging this has been during my own varied career. Money is often not available for what might seem like a luxury activity. Time is short with commitments to work and family. So my job is to link voice-work to everyday life, and the craft of acting, and to make sure my services are affordable and attuned to each person’s situation and needs.
My holistic approach is to interweave voice exploration and development into the daily exercises and challenges of this extraordinary profession; it is achievable in small grabs, or in seamless combination with other disciplines. It becomes one with the actor’s physical training, imaginative day-dreams, improvisation exercises, script-reading, and audition preparation. We breathe when we move; we describe and share our dreams; we speak invented words in acting class with multiple intentions, we read aloud from scripts, and we fill multiple and various spaces with sound when we audition and perform. Instead of an inhibiting extra burden, your voice-work can be a liberating bonus. You own it; it frees you. A teacher or coach is the golden 5% of your activities, keeping you inspired, technically sound, and making sure your voice is heard.
My life-long study and appreciation of the great teachers Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, and Patsy Rodenburg, among others, whose passion for voice has become a gift for actors and other teachers, has led to my eclectic but simple approach: it’s a natural fit with the credo of The Factory and its founders – to make our practice enjoyable, exciting and rewarding! Joining forces to encompass voice-work with acting study, Helen and The Factory are literally “spreading the word” to the wider family of aspiring artists of the screen and stage.
Class times for 2019 are yet to be set.
Scene Study and Analysis
The main focus areas will be making dynamic choices that sit well outside of the generic choices most actors make in regards to the thematic obligation of the piece. Will also look at simple camera techniques that assist in arming the student with confidence and range in the audition room and then translating that onto set. Audition technique will be examined with a focus on presenting the CD with a revelation in the room….Increasing the possibility of callback or booking the role. Scenes to be explored will cover genres…Sci Fi, Drama and Comedy from both films and television. The sessions will always be geared toward industry relevant material. Cold reading last minute rewrites and meeting directors visions/expectations will also be closely examined.
These classes are for 10 weeks and are on Monday Nights at 7pm- 10pm for $650.
Louise has been a professional improviser for more than twenty years and has twice represented Queensland in the National Theatresports Championships. She has used her improvisational skills to work for such companies as Theatresports QLD, Troupe Du Jour (Melbourne), Edge Improv, Sit Down Comedy Club, IZIT Entertainment among others. She has worked on the Youth Theatresports Festival for many years as a tutor/coach & MC at the shows. Louise has trained under a wide variety of teachers in clowning and has worked as a Clown Doctor at The Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane/The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital since 2001, where staff & families know her as “Dr Wobble”. She is a highly experienced artist/facilitator, having taught workshops for over two decades to students ranging from prep right through to tertiary levels. Louise regularly teaches for Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland University of Technology and The Warehouse Studio, as well as workshops in schools for Theatresports QLD. Other companies Louise has worked for include Backbone Youth Arts, La Boîte Theatre, NIDA Open to name a few.
Our new ten week block is commencing 19th February please email to enrol. Classes are $600 for ten weeks
Eric Morris Technique
Charles Allen who will be teaching the Eric Morris Technique. After studying at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Charles left university early to pursue private training. Charles has studied with a variety of coaches, but worked closely with Eric Morris for 16 years. During those years, he worked in stage, film, television, and voice overs in radio and video games. In 2007, he was offered the opportunity to join the acting staff at QUT. Charles accepted what was to be a 1 year contract. However, it became a 3 1/2 year commitment.
Term 1 2019 class full.
• Emotional accessibility
• Exploration of the Eric Morris Technique
• Identifying blocks and Weaknesses
• Practical exercises to add to your Toolkit
• Students will prepare Scenes and monologues