Animals are indeed great subjects for research because we want to be able to understand how they function and how they live in this planet of ours.
The prominent actor, director and producer knows a thing or two about bugs. This is his latest focal point in the new direction he is pursuing which is video and film production that he calls his own. I am talking about, no other than Mr. Alan Nurthen.
Alan Nurthen was the founder of the Film and TV Academy at Dee Why which has served 5000 men and women, both young and old. The academy teaches the art of acting, personality development which people can truly use not just for television but for their daily lives as well. He has been teaching for more than 2 decades now.
Nurthen was already pulling in 60 to 70 hours a week, teaching 15 classes to his students that come to learn how they can improve their acting chops. This proved to be a little bit much for the Nurthen. He was not having the time that he needs so that he can work on his interests on video and film production.
Funnel Webs was a documentary he made about spiders of the same kind. Another film about insects (a follow-up) which he named the Banzai Red Backs is in the works.
I‘ve come to be known as the bug-film maker. I really want to concentrate on these kinds of documentaries.”, the director said.
The man still wanted to be able to balance both teaching and his own interests so he designed The Screen Actor’s Workshop. In this workshop, there will only be 6 classes. Tutorials will be implemented in the session for more-experienced actors and actresses. A production of “higher-end showreels” will also be included, according to Nurthen.
“The classes are completely open, there is no auditioning process”, the director says.
These classes are not just only beneficial to an actor or actress’ acting skills. Many of the students have developed more confidence in themselves. Many can now speak in a public setting unlike before when they were shy to be speaking publicly.
“I train people from seven (7) years up. In the past, I’ve trained people who are painfully shy who go on to do public speaking,” The director happily concludes.
Many of Nurthen’s students have been featured in mainstream, commercial movies such as The Matrix which was a successful movie internationally.