Another term is almost completed and over the past 10 weeks we’ve been concentrating on the students physical and verbal communication skills. There have been some outstanding results and I must single out the Thursday Advanced Teen class for their exceptional work this term. Talk about free and uninhibited performances – these young teens are definitely showing the way with their unbridled energy and the solid creative choices they make. Along with many of our other students, they are learning how to think outside of the box which is an essential component of their training.
The current term ends on Saturday 6 April and the new term commences from Tuesday 23 through to Saturday 27 April.
Note: The Thursday advanced teen and adult classes return on April 25 (Anzac day) but we do not observe public holidays during terms)
It would be greatly appreciated if all students could post a $50.00 deposit for their nominated class as this helps the school to survive over the two week semester break and leaves you less to pay when classes return. Win win for us and for you!
January Film Acting Master Class Review
The film acting master class produced the short film Death Duties, and the cast of Anika Basa, Tara Tuffy, Jai Miller and Ella Kramer worked diligently to bring their respective roles to life. Well done and you certainly learned a great deal about the process during the workshop.
Service NSW Creative Kids Program
Service NSW have established a Creative Kids Program to help parents fund out of school creative activities for their children.
Kids and teens aged from four-and-a-half years to nineteen years of age (if still in school) are eligible for the program.
To apply for the $100.00 discount voucher parents must complete the form on the Service NSW web page.
When emailing forms to the school make sure you provide us with the child or teen’s full name (as per the application) along with their date of birth and the Service NSW voucher number.
For further information go to… http://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher
It’s great to see some of our students taking a proactive approach to their careers, as opposed to sitting around waiting for opportunities to present themselves.
Advanced adult student Lakshay Dhiman is no slouch and has been producing a string of short films featuring himself and other students from his class, and then submitting the films to festivals around the world.
Lucky as he’s known to his friends and classmates is also playing a principal role in the school’s 13 x 30 minute online series The Devil’s Diner, which is currently in the early stages of production.
Graduate Paul Millett is no slouch either and has been consistently scoring featured extra roles in television drama and high rotation TVCs.
Meanwhile 2007 graduate Jodie Lea-Campbell is currently cruising the Caribbean in her new role as a Junior Assistant Cruise Director for Princess Cruises. Jodie’s acting skills along with her warm and welcoming personality make her the ideal person for the job of providing entertainment for the passengers.
Green Screen Performance
Having switched from tape to tape editing systems – on which I’ve been editing green screen scenes since 1990 – to Adobe Premiere Pro and having to learn green screen editing on the new editing program, the end results have been outstanding. The students were amazed at the seamless results when I screened some of the green screen scenes I’ve edited, and we’ll definitely be working with green screen again next term.
Handy Acting Tips
If you’d like to learn more about acting then go to our web site… www.screenactorsworkshop.com.au and click on News. In the drop down menu click on The Acting Blog where you will find short articles on screen acting, casting agents, talent agents, acting with green screen, auditioning, screen acting technique and much much more. Knowledge is power! Enjoy; and feel free to leave a comment in the Comments Box.
Class Scene DVDs/USB’s
If you would like an edited copy of your on-camera scenes then let me know and I’ll organise it for you.
Due to the increasing costs of blank DVDs and DVD cases the cost will increase to $55.00 from next term. Those students submitting USBs or hard drives for their work to be downloaded will still pay the standard $50.00 editing fee.
Watching your edited scenes at home – after constructive feedback in class – is an ideal means of improving performance and technique.
To wrap up the newsletter I’d like to wish you all a safe and productive semester break and I look forward to working with you again when classes return from February 23.
Alan Nurthen Director