• How then does the actor trained in classic theater rehearsal and performance techniques prepare for this new world: the difficult but well-paying job of acting in film and television which has become the major form of employment for almost all working actors today?

    Norman B. Schwarz Profesor

In English the expression “before the camera” has two meanings. The first—delante de la camera—describes the actor’s position in relation to the machines that record his expressions and the sound of his voice.

Am I giving too much or too little? Is my voice too loud or not loud enough?” the actor asks.

The other meaning of before, antes de, is “What do I need to know before I audition in front of a camera?

What can I as an actor do to prepare before a film job?

What do I need to know before I audition in front of a camera?

What can I as an actor do to prepare before a film job?

How do I behave on a set after I am cast in the film?

The workshop

Why to sign up in the workshop?

Theater is an actor’s medium. In film, however, the actor is often treated as being less important. The actor is subservient to the camera and the director’s vision.

How then does the actor trained in classic theater rehearsal and performance techniques prepare for this new world: the difficult but well-paying job of acting in film and television which has become the major form of employment for almost all working actors today?

Unlike the theater where actors and directors traditionally gather around the table for days to read the script and discuss the meaning of the text before getting up on their feet and performing, The film actor is often not allowed to read the entire screenplay. Sometimes she is asked to work little or no pre-camera rehearsal whatsoever.

Once cast, the actor may not begin with the beginning of the script. The first scenes to be photographed may be at the middle or even end of the story, and will continue to be shot out of continuity. The actor may not meet his fellow actors until the first day of the shoot.

And, once on-set, the actor often discovers that the film director may be too busy setting up camera angles to talk about what she wants from the actors. Or, worse still, he doesn’t know what to say even if asked.

Content

From week one, all the actors in the workshop learn by doing exercises and scene from classic screenplays and theater plays in front of the camera. These scenes will be filmed and edited from many different camera angles and then studied in class.
Each actor is an individual. Some give too much “before the camera,” some too little.
You will learn about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, by seeing yourself as you appear to others on screen.

  • How to audition for a part after reading only a few pages from a screenplay.
  • How to make choices with or without the director.
  • What the camera and microphone sees and hears. How much, how little.
  • How to pace yourself for the long day on the set.
  • How to design a total performance photographed over many weeks and shot out of story order that will be pieced together from many angles, many takes, in the editing room over many months.
The teacher: Norman B. Schwarz

NORMAN B. SCHWARTZ born in Greenwich Village, began his theater career in New York’s off-Broadway, and worked as a film and sound editor in Hollywood and Rome. He was the first ADR dialogue director ever admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. After a fifty or more year career as an editor and director in film and theater all over the world, he began teaching. For the last twenty years he has taught acting, directing, and screenwriting at his own theaters in Central California, at NYU Tisch, and for the NY Film Academy in Manhattan, Boston, Paris, Bilbao, Milan, Sardinia, Budapest, Lagos [Nigeria], and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Prices and practical information

This 6-week course will be conducted both in Spanish and English.

Six hours of instruction per week for six weeks.

Another more advanced course for those who have completed the initial course will continue throughout the year.

The total cost for these first 6 weeks of instruction will be 250 Euros.