The Actor’s Breakthrough
The Actor’s Breakthrough Program addresses Acting for Screen as an artistic craft. You will learn to integrate your voice, body, mind, and emotions together to: represent truthful characters, explore diverse material in a range of genres, understand story structure and character for episodic television and feature films ranging from classical to contemporary. You will gain a diversity of experience, exploring the works of the worlds best writers and being educated in cutting edge practical actor training techniques. And in addition, in the final weeks of this program you will shoot two contrasting showreel scenes and a professional photoshoot for Industry headshots. Our students will get to work with international coaches and have student rates to all our international Masterclasses and workshop events. We will arm you with the toolkit you will need to breakthrough into the industry.
The Factory Acting Studio believes that practical wisdom along with a strong foundation of knowledge is integral to working within our entertainment industry. Our teachers are professional working actors and award-winning actors. They have been taught by, studied with or worked with some of the best acting practitioners in the world. All teachers are currently employed and up-to-date with Australian and International film and television industry. It is due to their industry expertise and incredible insight that students are exposed to current and relevant industry knowledge.
The Actors Breakthrough program is by audition only which means that positions in this course are limited. So, if you’re ready to be a professional working actor and take the next step, then The Actor’s Breakthrough program is for you.
This course commencing Monday 13th May, 2019 for 25 weeks. Successful applicants need to be committed to 9am-4pm Monday and Tuesday 9am – 2pm for 25 weeks.
Course fees: $6,500 incl GST – Weekly deferred payment plan option available along with an initial deposit and term payments plans available as well. Applications to audition are now open.
“Living truthfully under given circumstances”
We will focus on the foundational repetition exercise, getting your observing and responding muscles sharpened and back into action, then delve deeper into the work as we explore the what and how behind Meisner’s concept of “living truthfully under given circumstances.”
This series of exercises takes the work into the givens of performance and include ‘investing in the realities of doing’ – the heart of any actor’s work. We will cover the ‘independent activity’ and ‘preparation’ aspects of the technique.
Freeing the Actor
The system helps create depth in an actor byassisting the actor to remove the artifice of socialobligation and to confront themselves from a truthful place rather than presenting a face that the actor would like to have seen as who they are.
The process requires the actor to confront and accept their truth and know that that truth (no matter how messy one may think it is) is okay. Through this process, the actor learns that what they once may have considered a liability is actually a potential asset when creating a character.
Screen Acting Techniques
“Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential”
Our 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 withconfidence and range in the audition room andthen 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 covergenres…Sci Fi, Drama and Comedy from both filmsand 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.
“Creates self confidence and develops listening”
The ability to improvise is a must for any actor. It opens up your thinking to allow you to explore all of the possibilities in bringing a character to life and looking at ways of playing a scene. It helps you to think quickly, make bold choices in your work, strengthens your instinct and develops your impulses.
It helps your imagination to thrive and gives you thetools to be able to deal confidently with changeson set, in an audition, in rehearsal or onstage. Improvisation is an essential skill for actors in the US, however is often overlooked in Australia.
“The language of the body is the key that can unlock the soul”
As much a language for observing movementas a dedicated acting technique, this scientificapproach divides movement into four categories:body, effort, shape, and space. When applied toperformance training, it uncovers small nuances behind behavior, examining everything from dramatic movements (throwing oneself across aroom) to everyday gestures (flicking a piece of lint off of one’s shoulder), and maximizing specificity with every action. This practice applies specialised body – awareness strategies to correct unnecessary. As an actor, awareness of your movement is the key to transformation. By making deliberate physical choices, you can fully and articulately embody different ways of being: you can come someone or something else.
Celebrating the Voice
“The actor needs to work on his/her voice”
The voice is one of the most important tools for actors, adding nuance and quite literally breathing new life into texts. But taking the time and makingthe effort to train the voice isn’t just the differencebetween a good performance and a goosebump-inducing showstopper, it’s crucial forthe vocal health of actors – not just when theydeliver lines, but in their everyday lives.
American Accent and English Accent
“The American Accent is a skill to have”
Peter Kent has worked with some of the industries greatest actors and comes highly reccomended as an American Accent coach. Near the end of the 90’s, MGM hired him to coach the accents on the Australian/American co-production of ‘Flipper’, In2006 he was cast in the children’s show ‘Mortified’,the Japanese feature ‘A Very Good Company’ and the American action feature, ‘The Condemned’. Through 2007/’08, he coached Rachel Ward in ‘Monarch Cove’, Nicholas Cage in ‘Ghost Rider’, Gerard Butler in ‘Nim’s Island’, Rose Byrne and Ben Mendelsohn in the Nicholas Cage feature ‘ Knowing’, along with Megan Gale and Theresa Palmer for George Miller’s ‘Justice League’.
Showreels and Headshots
The scenes are shot with a professional crew DOP, Camera Assistant and Sound Engineer to create a cinematic look and feel along with a great performance for a dynamic showreel. This collaboration creates a safe and rewarding enviroment that is all about the actor and performance.
You will get professional headshots to accompany your showreel so that you have all the tools you need to be a professional actor