28th July - 8th August
It feels like an incredibly long time, since I last blogged, but so much has happened. I will attempt to fit it all into this blog.
We have uploaded to our Youtube page/channel, our first student scenes, which were filmed last term. You may have read previously about the long process from scripting, to filming, to editing and finishing. The results are quite remarkable and our students performances underline, not only their talent for screen acting, but also, how they have improved, technically, as actors.
On Monday (11th August) we completed filming on one of our scenes, which has been rained off, so many times. Eventually, we decided to re-write and change to an indoor location, but again, even before seeing the rushes, the quality of the performances was outstanding..
Much of my time has been spent travelling and filming, over the past couple of months- jumping between Totally Lit! in London and Leeds, but also spending a great deal of time filming as the new village policeman (PC Stone), in Emmerdale. It has been a welcome change of pace, although hectic and it's really important that our students realise that we are all still, working artists.
A few of our students have also had some very high profile auditions; for many of them, it's been their first meeting and the success, across the board has been very good. Totally Lit! is now gaining a reputation within the industry for turning out bright, organised, technically good and talented students. On each occasion the feedback has been extremely positive and casting directors are loving the fact that all of our students are producing high levels of performance, in an audition.
Summer School, in addition to being huge success, was an extremely enjoyable experience, for all concerned (artists as well as students) and the variety of classes offered the students the opportunity to work with a number of (and a range of) artists and experience, at first hand, what the desired level is, for someone wishing to work within the industry.
One of the highlights for many of the students was the impromptu visit of one of our patron's, star of the Harry Potter films, actor Matthew Lewis.
Matthew was in the building, rehearsing for the new series of BLUESTONE 42, which he will be filming, later this year.
Our new term begins on 113th September with a catch-up session for a number of students, who missed out on crucial sessions at the start of last term. It also allows us to fill the few remaining places on the course and bring new students up to scratch with our methods. It's not been too long since we broke up, but we are already gearing up for a few drastic changes to the way that we will be operating.
The Summer School allowed us an opportunity to trial some equipment, prior to starting again next term, which means that more of the sessions will be 'on-camera'. Given that we have gained more expertise in the 'sound' department, we are able to utilise the sessions and give our students more options for their showreels.
Next term also sees the visit of a top casting director (Details to be announced in the next blog) and a couple of visiting artists, including NYT Associate, Judy Browne.
Thats' for the next blog. For now, enjoy your Summer and keep safe!!
This is our company Blog, re-capping previous weeks sessions.