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 8th February 2013
Our final session before we begin filming didn't quite go as planned, but despite our excursion out if the building and a late change of plan regarding a masterclass appearance, we concentrated on some acting… …for a change.
We are due to start filming in the next couple of weeks and locations and crew are being finalised for the first 6 scenes to be filmed, for our students' first filming project. We have employed the services of IGUN Pictures for this project and that means that we have to brief them fully and ensure that there are no unexpected problems, when the equipment arrives on location, on March 1st.
Acting is a very technical art form and in television and film, the technical requirements border on scientific. It requires, from our actors, an understanding of the environment that they will be working in and the technical aspects to their own performances, which they have to prepare and rehearse. It's not just a case of knowing your lines- and to be honest, I don't think that any of our students had thought about just how well they are going to have to know their lines.
We have encouraged our students to learn and prepare and rehearse their performances, to the point that they know that they can turn up with everything already decided. They have seen how we are shooting, as they have looked at the storyboards, so they will be in no doubt, when they get onto the 'set', that everyone working there will expect them to deliver. It's a lot of pressure and we had already discussed that actors get paid, not necessarily for the work that they do on the day, but all of the preparation that goes into it.
So on Saturday, we were able to cast aside some of the technical aspects of the project and think about 'acting'.
We started by discussing "Method" and I explained that however you prepare, it's your own method, but we explored using actual physical experiences for moments within the pieces that they would be filming. It's the first time that some of the students had worked in this way and it was clear that they were enjoying the process.
In theatre, we often get chance to grow into a part and into scenes. Pitching in and finding certain moments organically. The requirement for the students to find a performance that they will be happy with, once they hear 'action', has made them realise that there's not a gentle easing into the role. We are filming out of sequence. It's not a play and if you've not got it on the day, we move on and you live with what you produce.
Some of the students may have coped with this situation 6 months ago, but most of them would have frozen. The past couple of weeks has shown me that all of our students have grown as actors and their technical awareness is now becoming innate. How fabulous it would have been to have just acted on camera, from day one. How amazing though, that our students have matured and relaxed sufficiently around the camera, that their own personalities are starting to come through again. The technical expertise is present and the real actor is being awakened in each of our students.
Such an exciting time!