SUMMER SPECIALS

TUESDAY: ACTING FOR FILM/TV TECHNIQUE

AGES: 7 - 10

5PM - 7PM 
6 SESSIONS - $299
BEGINS: JULY 23TH

This class is an enrichment opportunity highly recommended for any child actor serious breaking into the business, or just wanting to learn all the secrets and magic of television and film. Each class give the student the opportunity to have real television or film scripts assigned to them! Not only do they learn how to dissect and properly "action" each script, but at the end of every class they get their own mini audition mastered. The students will also be learning Script Interpretation/Acting Technique. This will teach each student the basic understanding of how to breakdown and learn the construction of a script, to better engage their imagination, to analyze text deeply and accurately, and to create rich, specific characters to harness into their own “actor’s toolbelt”. It is critical to learn of every technique, just as it is critical to be well read, and to know how to interpret what you are reading. Deconstruction is imperative for birth of character. Sensory, Physiological, and emotional realms are explored. Actors will create characters by drawing on their own emotions and memories, aided by a set of exercises and practices including sense memory and effective memory. Students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to textual work. A can't miss opportunity for anyone looking to break into the film and television industry

WEDNESDAY: ON-CAMERA "HOW TO AUDITION"

6PM -7PM 

AGES: 9 -14

6 SESSIONS - $135

BEGINS: JULY 24TH

Each week students work with sides from television and film scripts in an audition-style setting. In addition to strengthening script analysis skills, acting technique, and flexibility, students will learn what to expect upon entering an audition room and how to use the camera to their advantage in order to book the job! This course will allow actors to learn not only from their own work, but by engaging in the work of others.

MONDAY: ACTING FOR FILM/TV, SCRIPT INTERPRETATION:

5PM - 7PM
AGES: 11-14
5 SESSIONS: $345

BEGINS: JULY 22rd

THIS CLASS WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

SANFORD MEISNER'S DEFINITION OF ACING "LIVING TRUTHFULLY IN THE IMAGINARY CIRCUMSTANCES"

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  • THE TABLE READ. STUDENTS WILL BE TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING OFF THE PAGE AND "WORKING OFF" THE PERSON. 

  • THE REALITY OF DOING "ACING IS DOING. NOT THINKING. MEANINGFUL ACTING IS DOING UNDER THE EMOTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • ELIMINATING THOUGHT TO STIMULATE THE ACTOR'S INSTINCTS.

  • LISTENING AND REACTING FROM YOUR TRUTHFUL SELF.

  • CONSTRUCTING THE FIRST MOMENT INCLUDING THE PROCEEDING EMOTIONAL HISTORY AND THE EVENT THAT IMPACTS THE FIRST MOMENT

  • WHAT IT MEANS TO GO "FULLY" IN YOUR WORK. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PLAYING A RESULT OR "OVERDOING"

  • "BEAT CHANGES" AND WHY THEY CHANGE. TWO REASONS THAT ALAN WILL COVER IN THE CLASS.

  • IDENTIFYING OBJECTIVES AND MOTIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON YOUR WORK

  • EMOTIONAL PREPARATION USING THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION

  • EMOTIONAL PARALLELS 

  • CREATING URGENCY BY  RAISING THE STAKES

  • BRINGING YOURSELF TO THE WORK

  • RELATIONSHIPS TO PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS AND EVENTS. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE "ELEMENT OF TRUTH."

  • THE USING OF THE MAGIC "AS IF"

  • ELIMINATING INDICATING

  • STILLNESS - ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT. THE CAMERA PICKS UP EVERY FALSE MOVEMENT YOU MAKE, ESPECIALLY IN CLOSE-UPS

MONDAY: MESINER

7:30PM -10PM

AGES: 15-ADULT

5 SESSIONS: $335

BEGINS: JULY 22TH

Sanford Meisner’s impact on the craft of acting has been, and continues to be immense. His altogether unique approach to the craft has impacted generations of actors. “The seed of acting,” said Meisner, “is rooted in the “reality of doing”. Rather than focus on emotion, Meisner focused on behavior. To accomplish his goal of removing the thought process from the actor’s work he invented the “repetition” exercises. In doing so he opened the door to the instinctive/impulsive way of behaving. “Thinking”, for the Mesiner trained actor is the enemy of instinct, ergo, with this revolutionary approach to the craft we learn to think with our gut. As I remind my students in every class I teach, the body speaks and the brain thinks. Emotion therefore is the product of the “pinch” for the “ouch”. Through this process the student learns what it means to “Live truthfully in the imaginary circumstances.” Or as Meisner said in one of his most famous quotes, “An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.”

 

The traditional Meisner program is 2 years. The following is Alan's comprehensive program that includes all the stages of the Meisner Technique

WEDNESDAY: ON-CAMERA "HOW TO AUDITION"

7PM - 9PM

AGES: 15 - ADULT

6 SESSIONS: 299

BEGINS: JULY 24TH

Each week students work with sides from television and film scripts in an audition-style setting. In addition to strengthening script analysis skills, acting technique, and flexibility, students will learn what to expect upon entering an audition room and how to use the camera to their advantage in order to book the job! This course will allow actors to learn not only from their own work, but by engaging in the work of others.

THURSDAYS: SCENE STUDY

6PM - 9PM

AGES: 15 - ADULT

6 SESSIONS: $435

BEGINS: JULY 25TH

This is the only one on Long Island, taught by a consistently working actor, who understands how to book jobs. In this Adult Scene Study class all students will begin to develop and discover their acting skills. Joseph will help the actor learn to shape their performances, keeping their work truthful, while sharing important bits of  acting techniques, and giving specific direction. This class environment will have a huge emphasis on acting technique, script analysis, and its application to scene work. Students will work each class, and perform either a scene or monologue. For more information  go to JOSEPH_MELENDEZ

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