Acting for the Camera Intensive
This four-week practical course for seasoned and beginning actors is an intensive and fun experience both in front of and behind the camera. You will learn the intimate nature of acting on camera (versus stage) and the demands of film and TV production on the actor.
The course begins with taping prepared monologues, which faculty will critique. Then you will learn to use relaxation and imagination exercises as well as improvisation techniques to prepare to shoot scenes. Faculty will guide you toward the realistic acting style required by the truth and intimacy of the close-up lens. You will explore how to use script analysis, beats, actions, and character development. You will use these techniques when auditioning for student-directed short films.
This film program is taught in tandem with the Filmmaking Intensive. Filmmaking Intensive students will work with you to develop scene and character interpretations for their short films.
Bring your open mind and your adventurous spirit!
Film workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been acting or creating films for years.
- Closed-toe shoes
- Comfortable work clothes
- Reusable water bottle
- Notepad and pens/pencils and/or a laptop
- Rain jacket/poncho
- Good set of enclosed-ear headphones (optional)
- PC or Mac laptop with screenwriting software (optional)
- External hard drive (optional)
- Digital camera and/or a phone with a camera (optional)
In addition please bring:
- An open mind
- A healthy dose of courage
- A can-do attitude.
The three-week acting intensive begins with students providing a monologue to perform on the first day. Throughout the first week, students learn acting techniques that will assist them in auditions and roles. In week two, students are chosen to act in the filmmaking intensive films and begin to work with directors on set. Their last week of camp is filled with acting exercises and more techniques. The students show off their efforts in a Film Culmination at the end of this week.
The acting for the camera environment can be a delicate and personal space of expression. Students should be able to appreciate the sensitivity of this space and work within this environment.
Shelly Short, Film Chair: has a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Film and Television from The Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an award-winning photographer, whose work has been shown in The Museum of Modern Art Georgia and galleries around the United States. Her short films and live experimental film performances have been screened in several film festivals and performance venues. She is currently teaching cinematography at Idyllwild Arts and has been with the school for several years. Shelly loves to help students develop their skills and explore their passions in filmmaking.
Billy Cowart started acting in 1979 and has been continuously working and building a career ever since. Over 60 plays and numerous Film and T.V. credits fill out his resume (iCarly, Criminal Minds, Blackish) and is well known in the advertising community for his over 30 commercial campaigns. He has worked as a Supervising Producer for Storytellerz and 6 Reel Pictures (NICHE, HANK & EDGAR and CACTUS ) as well as a feature film writer for Emmet/Furla Films and Ross Bell (Producer of FIGHTCLUB and KILLBILL) and Fogleaf Media. He has worked as a casting associate with several casting directors, as a film development associate, as a director, and producer. He brings a passion, knowledge, and love to the craft that is contagious. These dynamic courses have been developed out of years of training, experience and exploration in all aspects of Theatre, Improv, Film, and Television production.
July 3 to July 30, 2022
Day Student Tuition:
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Skill Level: All levels
Shelly Short, Billy Cowart