The Factory Acting Studio Young Actors Breakthrough is a 16 week intensive program for students ages 12-15. The program is taught by the same professional and encouraging instructors who oversee The Factory’s other Programs and classes. The Factory Acting Studio’s mission is to provide a solid foundation for young actors who desire to strengthen their skills and develop new techniques to excel at the craft of acting. We offer training experiences in the art and craft of acting. Young actors have the opportunity to learn the crucial skills of building characters, playing objectives, and expressing interior emotions physically and vocally.
Students will explore the benefits of The Meisner Technique, Movement, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, and Self Taping Techniques, American Accent and Screen Acting and Audition Techniques. Numbers are limited to 12. Students will shoot a professional actors Showreel at the end of this course. Payment plans are available for this course.
4th August 2019 ever Sunday for 16 weeks over two terms. Term 1 – 4th Aug – 22nd Sept Term 2 – 13th Oct – 1st Dec 2019 All starts at 9am – 1pm @ $2200 incl GST per student. Below is some information about what is covered in our ten week program.
The Meisner Technique
“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.
Voice and Speech
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 making the effort to train the voice isn’t just the difference between a good performance and a goosebump-inducing showstopper, it’s crucial fo rthe vocal health of actors – not just when they deliver lines, but in their everyday lives.
Screen Acting and Audition Techniques
Classes 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. Our teachers 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. The actors will develop a winning on-camera audition technique by exploring the physical adjustments necessary for the camera, the difference in acting from stage to film, the microphone, breaking down the script, creating characters and finding them and bringing them to life. The class includes scripts from sitcoms, television dramas and films.
- Preparing for an audition in the room
- How to get the most out of your self tapes
- Connecting with your reader
- Cold reading
- Taking direction and making adjustments for camera
- 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.
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 the tools to be able to deal confidently with changes on set, in an audition, in rehearsal or onstage. Improvisation is an essential skill for actors in the US, however is often overlooked in Australia. Put yourself ahead of your competition and learn this invaluable skill. Knowing that Improvisation can often be a block and source of anxiety for many actors, Louise creates a supportive environment within her classes to allow students to thrive, take risks and challenge themselves
- Get in touch with your inner world and apply this to scene work, developing characters & relationships
- Rediscover your sense of play and get out of your head and into your body
- Create your own safety net when things change or go wrong
- Take risks in your work, your choices and quieten your inner critic
- Develop self confidence on screen, on stage and in life
“The ability to be flexible in your thinking, when rehearsing, working on set, analysing a script or creating a character, allows the actor to become more open to choices they make regarding their performance”, says Louise. “Impro gets them “out of their head” and in touch with their instincts, creates self confidence, develops listening and makes them very attractive to directors. It’s very freeing.”
“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.
American Accent with Peter Kent
Peter 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’, In 2006 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’. In 2009 hewas Drama and British dialect coach for ‘K9’, a children’s sci- series.
In 2013, Pete was recruited by Angelina Jolie (Director), to coach the cast of the feature ‘Unbroken’, working with actors including, Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Takamasa Ishihara (Miyavi) and Jai Courtney. Pete also voiced a sports commentator in the Film. Through 2014 he worked with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario, Archie Panjabi, Kylie Minogue and Art Parkinson, on the feature ‘San Andreas’.