It's All about the 'Team'.
I came across this picture on twitter today. It was posted during our lunch break, on the first day that we held auditions for the very first class, back in September.
In taking our responsibility to help young people into the industry seriously, I feel that it is extremely important to ensure that the people that come in to the room, bring something valuable to the table. I realise that everyone who visits the website can see just exactly what we have all been up to, professionally, since we started off in this industry, but when i think about the diversity of the work that we, as a team have experienced during our whole careers, it makes me realise that the strength of our programme lies in the strength of the team.
We have been very busy during the last couple of weeks. A time that has included us working on filming schedules, scripts and location hunting for our students who will be filming over the next seven weeks. We have also been planning our latest Masterclass, which takes place on 14th July, with actor and Patron Matthew Lewis.
The major activity that has taken place has been the editing of the showreel scenes of our first group, in London, which leads me back to the whole 'diversity' angle of this blog. In the editing of the showreel, there are many, many factors to be considered. These showreel are the calling card, not only for the students, but also the organisation. We pride ourselves on producing quality work and our students understanding how high a level of performance that they need to produce, consistently, to be successful, as actors.
As important as anything else with the filmed scenes, is the audio. Getting it balanced can be as time consuming as any other element and sometimes the only way to fix it is to re-record.
Some of us (in the team) do ADR work occasionally. ADR is additional dialogue recording, to either give background characters a voice, in something like a pub scene, or it's to re-record a line that has not been clearly picked up, or is now going to be changed; where the actor may have to 'Lip-Sync" with the action. It's not the most glamorous aspect of the profession, but it is, fortunately, still a job that only actors can do. Our London class will, this coming week, be doing a bit of ADR, as we put the finishing touches to their first round of filmed scenes.
This will mean that the students will, for the very first time, get to see the first 'rough' edit of their scenes. We have been careful not to let them see anything, other than the odd set of rushes, in order that they experience that feeling of having to wait to see their handy work. It is something that we as a team are very used to. You turn up on set, you do your work and wait, sometimes up to ten months, to see what kind of performance you gave and whether the editing meant that you were favoured or not. There are tricks that you learn, to ensure that an editor has the option to "stay with you" in a scene. It's one of the first things that we tech our students.
This weekend, they will get to see how well they have managed to utilise the tools that we have given them and where they think they need to improve.
We look forward to seeing our students again this weekend. Also, we want to wish a couple of our students, the very best of luck for a couple of BIG castings this week. They know who they are!!!
This is our company Blog, re-capping previous weeks sessions.