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 11th January 2014.
Term 2 Week 1.
Our Students returned to us this weekend and along with a couple of new additions to the group, we embarked upon the first stages of our filmed projects.
There has been an awful lot of work going on behind the scenes, as we prepare for the TV and Film acting course. Lots of meetings regarding scripts and locations. Recces to potential locations for filming. Discussions about crew needed, or whether we should use some students for roles on the crew (continuity/runner), as this would give them a valuable insight into the workings and mechanics of a 'Shoot'.
One of the most interesting things that has been happening is a series of meetings with actors, who will be participating in the project, allowing our students to work with experienced and established Film and TV actors. Everyone who has expressed an interest is on board. Scheduling may be problematic, but that's part and parcel of it. We are getting very organised, to accommodate the people that we want to use.
So our students WILL be working with a variety of professional film and tv actors and the scenes are being developed with casting in mind.
This week also highlighted, just how far our students have come in a very short space of time. Technically our students are becoming quite astute and aware. Some of those difficult sessions last term, dealing with focus and focal points have really paid off.
We re-introduced a camera for the session this week and to see the high levels of performance from our regular students was extremely satisfying. We were also pleased to welcome some very talented new members, who made some very large strides forward, in acting for camera, over a short space of time. Chemistry is so very important amongst a cast and we have been extremely fortunate to have a really good bunch of students. Each time we add a new member, it seems to encourage our existing members to push on even further. Adding some older students has also 'raised the bar' and our younger students have accepted the challenge and really stepped up in their development.
We have 2 more weeks to continue developing and possibly increasing the group size, but there is absolutely no emphasis on this as the members of the creative team and myself all agree that we have a pretty special bunch of students.
By the end of the academic year, all of our students will have full showreels, head-shots and profile pages. By the end of the first week of term 2, they have already shown that they have a fantastic amount of ability and a good level of technical nous to go with it!