To open the newsletter, sound advice from Michael Caine, Bernadette Peters and Constantin Stanislavsky
Classes return from Tuesday 10 through to Saturday 14 October and I look forward to working with our established students again – along with extending a warm welcome to the new students commencing classes with us this term.
It’s going to be another fun and challenging ten weeks of on-camera workshops and I can’t wait to get rolling again.
Make it Australian Campaign
On Monday 18 September a national campaign was mounted by the Australian Directors Guild, Screen Producers of Australia, the Australian Writers Guild and MEAA (Actors Equity.)
The purpose of the campaign – held nationwide on the 18th in Event cinemas – is to force the government to increase the Australian Content rules to the international standard of 30% local content.
Thousands upon thousands of people holding up the Make it Australian card in selfie pics are being collected, collated and then sent to Canberra.
After all, a country is not judged by its banking or corporate sectors as these are the same bland and soulless institutions the world over. A country is judged by its arts sector, as this is how we communicate our hopes, our ideals, our dreams and our stories to the world. Without a healthy and thriving arts community, we as a country are irrelevant.
December Kids Film Acting Workshop
The December workshop runs over three days from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 December. The course is already half full, so if interested Contact Us for further info and a course flyer.
January 2018 Film Acting Master Class
The January 2018 teen/young adult/adult film acting master class will be held over three sessions on Tuesday evening 16 December (pre-production 7 to 9 pm) and Saturday and Sunday December 20 and 21 (production 10 am to 6 pm.)
Screen grab from a previous master class film, Bullet with Butterfly Wings starring Tony Dreise, Sonya Plummer and Paul Millett
Bookings are now open for the January workshop. Contact Us for further info and a course flyer.
Prufrock & Co Update
Prufrock & Co director Greg Perano will be returning to Sydney later in the year with producer-director Richard Lowenstein (Razorback) as executive producer to complete filming.
Richard is in post production with his documentary on INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence and as soon as the doco is mastered Greg and Richard will be heading to Sydney to prep and record the final scenes for the film.
Many of the school’s students are playing roles in the film, so to all those involved, dust of your costumes and get ready to finally complete your work.
This newsletter’s featured actor is 2005 graduate Brent (BJ) McNeill.
Since completing the 3 year part-time screen acting course in 2005, BJ has tried his hand at acting (where he featured in a couple of big ad campaigns) then photography where he proved he had a creative eye for subject and composition. BJ then relocated to London where he tried his hand as a play write.
BJ’s first effort, Torn Apart (Dissolution) was a massive hit, garnering positive press and TV interviews for the young play write.
BJ’s follow up, The Rules of Inflation also received rave reviews and audience acclaim and went on to tour Europe and feature at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival.
BJ is a shining example of the proactive approach, highlighted by his continuing success at whatever he turns his hand to.
Class Scene DVDs/USBs
If you would like an edited copy of your past term or previous term’s work on either DVD or USB, then see me in class or email me and I will organize it for. Class scene editing is $50-00 per term’s scenes or the same price for a compilation of your favourite five scenes from current or previous term’s work.
Further reviewing and assessment of your performances at home is an ideal way to fast track your craft.