Welcome to our Blog Page. Here, our Artistic Director gives an insight into the sessions, which allows students to reflect on the previous week's work.
Saturday April 26th
New Term and a New Beginning!!!
This Saturday (gone), we quite literally took one step forward and two steps backwards, as we started the third term of our first group of students and then in the afternoon, welcomed a new group of students, embarking on their first steps towards Film, TV and Theatre Training.
I have always thought of the phrase (one step forward... ... Backwards) as a negative statement, until this last weekend, because in the space of a couple of hours we have experienced the joy of seeing just how far our first class of students have come, in just seven months and then seen the raw talent and potential of a whole new class of students, at the beginning of their journey.
The original class of students will this term receive the benefit of 7 months of work, as they now prepare for their showcase performance. On Saturday 3rd May, they will have their Headshots taken, and continue to work on selecting and rehearsing scenes for presentation to an invited audience of industry professionals. This term, they also film their next showreel scenes with actors from UK Film and Television. It's a very exciting time for them.
Out afternoon group met for the very first time and we have been really keen to get started with them, as they have already shown, at their auditions, just how talented a group of students they are.
It's nice to go back to the beginning again and the first term is a combination of teaching basic film and tv acting technique, a lot of camera exposure and creating a group/ensemble.
Chemistry is extremely important and having invited 6 other young people to sample the work, it becomes extremely clear just why you have to get the right balance. A few lucky ones have been accepted onto the course and will dovetail nicely into a very talented and disciplined group. A few others were not lucky enough, or in fact ready, to work at the pace that those already there have set as 'the required standard'.
It's not the nicest feeling in the world, to reject people, but it helps you to realise why you select the right people, when they come along. It's not enough to want to be something. It's not about being famous, or showing off. It's about understanding that those that work in this industry have a work ethic and are able to take responsibility for themselves.
We now have 21 students signed up between the two courses. By Wednesday that could be 25. Each one of those students enrolled in our school have shown that they have an awareness about them. They have a genuine passion and desire to be better.
That's what makes my job enjoyable and ultimately simple.
Welcome to our new friends! And to our regular students... ...you're nearly there!!!