This transformational four-week class is fully integrated with the Filmmaking Intensive and allows beginning and advanced actors to deeply immerse themselves into the process of acting in the film world.
June 30 – July 27, 2024
Four week session
Saturday July, 27, 2024
Morning – exact time TBD
The Rustic Theatre – 54290 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA
14 – 17
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
Working with the Filmmaking Intensive, beginning and advanced actors to deeply immerse themselves into the process of acting in the film world. Beyond acting for the camera, students will also have the opportunity to learn about character development, how to market yourself as an actor in “the business,” the film editing process, and more; they may also have the chance to try their hand at various support roles during filming, such as holding the boom-mic and doing make-up.
Week One starts with fun and relaxing exercises to open up the summer camp vibe. Then the actors are given monologues tailored to their personality and marketing, through which they can explore their feelings, find their strengths, and get past their fears. Usually these monologues are shown to the filmmakers as they start the writing process to jump start their character development and understand their talent pool. The actors then dive deep into acting on camera with memorized scenes, cold reading, frozen reading, and auditions to build connection and understand the intimate and personal level of performance that is required for film.
Week Two is all about the actual films that are going to be made. The scripts that are chosen from the filmmakers are broken down into auditions and the actors prepare to show their stuff. Actors are allowed to audition for any role and can audition for as many as they want. After the roles are cast, with a healthy desire to make sure every actor gets to get their screen time, the actors start preparing to bring the roles to life on camera.
Week Three is filming week, where students get to test their new skills and take the risks that they have gained the confidence to take. When not in the cast, actors have a chance to try their skills at supporting the filmmakers, which can be anything from make-up to holding the boom. Actors’ time on set also allows them to get used to the rhythm and processes so that they are no longer intimidating or mysterious.
Week Four is when some of the filmmakers go into the editing process while others float into the actor program for more learning and fun. This is the time where students learn how the acting business works and how to market themselves as actors. We also dive deep into the parallel process of character development known as “personality mapping” so that actors understand the nature of how characters are created from a psychological perspective.
Culmination: On camp’s final Saturday we get to see the end result of all the work and fun: the films and the process of making them. The whole family gets to experience what these actors and filmmakers went through, what they were able to create in just 4 weeks, and the long-term friendships that have been forged.
Make sure to schedule your departure in the afternoon or evening so that you can be there for the Saturday morning culmination.
Film workshops are open admission (no audition is required). 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 and/or creating films for years.
Comfortable work clothes
Reusable water bottle
Notepad and pens/pencils and/or a laptop
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
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 the character development process. Week Three is an intense week of filming allowing actors to showcase what they have been working on with directors on set. Their last week of camp is filled with acting exercises, techniques, and discussion about the real world of being a film actor. The students show off their efforts in a Film Culmination at the end of the final 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.
Billy Cowart started acting in 1979. Since then, he has performed in over 60 plays; he also has numerous Film and T.V. credits, as well as over 30 commercial campaigns. Some of his notable appearances include roles in TV shows iCarly, Criminal Minds, and Blackish. Beyond acting; he has worked in directing and producing; he has also worked as a feature film writer, film development associate, and as a casting associate alongside several casting directors.
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