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 22nd March 2014
Filming continues to crack on at a fair pace and despite a few problems with locations, we have now completed 4 of the 7 scheduled scenes for the students first showreels.
On Saturday 15th March, we filmed at Tower House School, in East Sheen, where the Head Teacher and Head of Drama are preparing for their annual school production- this year it's "The Magnificent Seven!". Previous years have seen them re-enact "The Great Escape" and "The Hobbit". Amidst the building and painting of the set for their school production, they were still very happy for us to have full access to classrooms and hallway to film 2 of our school based scenes "Hot off the Press".
The students have really adapted well to the additional pressure placed upon them, with having the responsibility to carry scenes, on film. Their technical ability has really improved, quite substantially and their professional attitude, not only to the wary that they are on set, but to the way that they prepare, before the day's filming has been extremely pleasing to see.
On Saturday 22nd March we held auditions for a new class, which will be starting the course just after Easter. This class will operate, also from Diorama, but in the afternoons, on Saturday's.
We had an amazingly talented and disciplined group of students attend the auditions and despite there still being a few places left on the course, which begins on Saturday 26th April, we are happy to proceed with the group that we have gathered.
Also on Saturday 22nd our regular students took a short break from the filming schedule to attend our first Masterclass, with Hollyoaks and Eastenders actress, Gemma Bissix.
Hosted by presenter Jez Edwards, who has been teaching the TV presenting course this term, we opted to use a 'single camera' set-up. This allowed the students an opportunity to see how an interview is conducted, then questions repeated, once repositioning the camera, in order to give the impression that there is more than once camera rolling. It's a very common technique used by TV News journalists and other presenters and was fascinating to watch. The Interview itself was amazing and will be available to watch on our private Youtube channel, for our students only, in the near future.
So having had a full-on Saturday, we then drove up to Leeds to have our first Agent interview with the parents and Students of the Leeds School, which was then followed by a class for the students, run by 'Hello' magazine reporter, Francine Cohen.
This class took our students on a journey to instant fame and gave them an insight into just how quickly your life can change. Very enlightening and incredibly engaging.
A quick journey back down the M1 to London and we begin our search, again, for a location for filming on Saturday 28th March. It's all go and very exciting!