Classes for Adults

This training starts with the basics and then moves forward to develop the student’s skill in using the techniques given to develop as an actor. All courses have a set curriculum and are usually done in the sequence listed (levels 1-7 but listed on resumes as the course title given below), to reinforce the techniques introduced and then move into various types of auditions and dealing with the technical aspects of film acting and auditioning. While it is recommended the courses be taken in order if possible, from time to time the instructor may offer, after the level 1 course, training in one of the other courses depending on the student and the number of students available for any given course. Students with prior professional film training,(depending on training taken) or coming from more of a professional theatre background with full time training may take any of the film audition courses offered to either work on auditions or to adapt theatre acting to film acting.

Courses are started when a minimum number of students are registered keeping in mind availability checks done at the time of registration. Classes are normally done once a week on one of Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays from 6:30-9:30 or sometimes once a week Sunday afternoons. Adult classes are not normally done on Friday evenings or Saturdays.

To register a deposit of $150.00 is required and the remainder due either at the time of the course date being set or at the start of the course or via an arranged payment plan over the length of the course. Courses must normally be paid in full by class 6.

This is the most extensive series of part time courses for adults currently being offered in Edmonton. While no student is required to complete them all, the reason this amount of training is offered for adults is because it takes adults quite a bit longer usually than child actors to get their skill level to a professional one, and because they have to realize for the higher end projects like feature films and television shows, that they will be competing with actors with full time training. There is a lot to learn about acting, and a lot to learn about auditioning for film and television.

Class size for adult courses starts at 8-12 students and is reduced to 8-10 students for more advanced courses. With a full class of 12 an extra 3 hour session may be added to the course.

LEVEL 1 FILM ACTING – PROFESSIONAL ACTING FUNDAMENTALS (Ages mature 15 to 65+)

Students are introduced to the basic tools used by actors. Role development and the different areas that can be focused on to help the actor “get into” a role, Circumstances, Relationships, Objectives and Motivation, Obstacles, and Action of a scene. All of these terms and how they are used are broken down in detail and then related to real life to show how they work. Students also are introduced to how to access/create real emotions as an actor, and work on exercises on this in class. The course ends with rehearsal and performance of a film scene given to the student’s part way through the course to work on the roles and scenes using the techniques introduced in class. The close-ups of each actor are done and then played back with critique. Adult students are not introduced to on-camera audition protocols in the first course, as the emphasis for adult training is on sound acting basics before audition basics.

  • Class size: 8-12 students
  • Course length: 7 weekly classes, 3 hours per class
  • Course fee: $390.00/student

LEVEL 2 FILM ACTING – IMPROVISATION

This course uses improvisation to get the student familiar with what makes a good scene and how to effectively improvise a good acting scene, focusing on the proper detailed use of circumstances, relationships, and objectives and motivation. It allows for longer acting workouts than the normal size film scene, and more of them than a scene study course. It reinforces a very naturalistic style of acting, just acting the improvisations as if they were real using detail in circumstances, relationships and strong objectives and motivations. This course also includes the First or Basic Object Exercise which involves scripting and performing for the class a silent solo scene. Also addressed is how to recreate/act different physical states and conditions. Improvisation is highly used in commercial auditions, occasionally in film auditions and film scenes, and also prepares the actors to be able to do things like paid medical improvs where they act out various scenarios and medical case studies for medical students in various stages of their training, or in helping train the Canadian and British military for work overseas as many students from here have done.

  • Fees and class size same as level 1

LEVEL 3 FILM ACTING – Introduction to Auditioning + Commercial auditions

Introduction to audition techniques and protocol. Commercial slates and commercial auditions of all kinds, from simple improvisation to more filmic type scenes. Covers technical aspects of film acting/auditioning, acting for the size of the frame, hitting your mark, and intro to some of the film terms and names of shots that actors need to know. All work in this course is done on camera with playback and critique.

  • Fees and class size same as level 1

LEVEL 4 FILM ACTING – Character Study

FOR THIS COURSE AND ALL FURTHER COURSES CLASS SIZE IS REDUCED TO 8-10 STUDENTS MAXIMUM.

Intro to character study and its use in developing a role. Uses a real person character study to introduce the actor to stretching outside of themselves to try playing roles a little farther from their norm, including for this course subtly changing voice and speech patterns, movement and your thought process. In character interviews in stages (sometimes filmed with playback) and improvising in character in a group scene that is videotaped and played back for critique. Actors also complete a prepared exercise on how to use previous circumstances in creative ways to change or add to their performance in a scene.

  • Class size: 8-10 students maximum
  • Fees are the same as level 1

LEVEL 5 FILM ACTING – Text Work

Text Work. How to break down a scene for what is really going on, and in a way that connects the memorization to objectives, tactics, attitude and thought process. Includes learning what “How an Actor Listens” means. Greatly improves the time it takes to learn larger scenes accurately the right way, by connecting internally to the lines and breaking the scene into smaller more manageable parts to finish learning the lines one part at a time. The course includes a thorough introduction to “Subtext”. In addition to medium and larger film auditions, it also involves applying what was learned in Level 4 to role development for a scripted role in a film scene study. In this course and in the next course the instructor brings up some of the differences in protocols for commercial versus film and TV auditions.

  • Class size: 8-10 students maximum
  • Fees are the same as level 1

LEVEL 6 FILM ACTING – Preparing and Auditioning for Smaller film roles

Preparation and Auditioning for Actor roles, (less than 6 lines) and Small Principal roles, (6 lines or more). Many smaller roles, simply because you are not given much info on them, can be quite tricky to audition for and avoid making mistakes. This course teaches audition strategies and techniques for a variety of small roles, and includes information on what to do from the time of audition and hiring to prepare for being on set with a small role. Also includes techniques for “cold reads” for medium and larger roles.

  • Class size: 8-10 students maximum
  • Fees are the same as level 1

LEVEL 7 FILM ACTING – Preparation and performance of larger film/TV role auditions

Preparation and Auditioning for larger film roles applying all of the techniques learned in previous courses.

  • Class size: 8-10 students maximum
  • Fees are the same as level 1

ADDITIONAL COURSES ARE SOMETIMES OFFERED FOR CHARACTER STRETCHES AND EXTREME CHARACTER STRETCHES APPLYING TECHNIQUES THEY BEGAN TO LEARN IN LEVEL 4-CHARACTER STUDY, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL METHODS AND RESEARCH SOURCES. ACTING FOR COMEDY AND FILM MONOLOGUES ARE ANOTHER COUPLE OF OPTIONAL COURSES OCCASIONALLY OFFERED DEPENDING ON DEMAND.