Screen Acting Class

Cost: $675
Dates: Tuesday 11 October – Tuesday 13 December
Times: Tuesdays 7-10pm
Duration: 10 weeks

Teachers: Grace Naoum
Location: Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta

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Course overview:

So, you’ve finished our Acting for Beginners course (or a similar foundation course elsewhere) and you now want to train specifically in Screen acting? Or maybe you want to return to Screen acting and continue to practice your craft weekly.

This 10-week Screen Acting Ongoing course will give actors aged 17+ the opportunity to flex their screen acting muscles with scenes taken from film and television shows.

Students will be introduced to on-screen acting techniques and develop skills needed to become a disciplined and compelling screen actor. Through a range of ensemble building activities and some improvisation, students will get comfortable with themselves, their scripts and one another.

Then, over the course of the term, students will learn Stanislavksi methods of how to find the given circumstances and character objectives contained within a script. They’ll apply these skills to short scripts taken from popular films and television shows and perform these to camera.

They will have a chance to watch their scenes back and get feedback from their teacher.

Note: this Ongoing series is only open to students with prior acting training and/or experience.

What you’ll learn:

  • Camera Craft
  • Imagery – grounding yourself in the 5 senses of the scene
  • Techniques to work with nerves
  • Script analysis
  • Tools to increase one’s listening on screen
  • Greater freedom to play

What you’ll do:

The below focus points will be explored and workshopped through scene work.

Week 1 & 2: Storytelling with the eyes 

  • Students will explore Screen Craft
  • Connection exercises 
  • Breathing the other character in, (listening to both the verbal and physical)

Week 3 & 4: Given Circumstances techniques for Camera

Students will explore:

  • A 5 Senses exercise that enables them to be more grounded and emotionally charged within the scene.
  • How to build stronger relationships with other characters, environment and props.

Week 5 & 6: Objective work

Students will work through the following questions:

  • What does your character stand to lose in this conversation?
  • What is your character’s greatest fear?
  • What does your character want the other person to do, or walk out knowing?

Week 7 & 8: Action driven, not character driven.

Students are challenged to:

  • Find the simplicity within the scene which produces freedom and playfulness.
  • To have a deep curiosity around their unique interpretation of a scene, and to run with natural impulses.

Week 9 & 10: “Reaching down for the text” (Donald Woodburn)

  • When the camera is rolling, choosing to be present over ‘perfect’.

The Teacher:

GRACE NAOUM

Benefits:

By the end of this course, whether you’re aware of it or not, you will have built up lifelong skills that will seep into your everyday lives. You will:

  • Become better listeners.
  • Become more open to, and tolerant of differing views.
  • Become acutely aware of your breathing and emotions.
  • Develop a more positive self-image.
  • Become more comfortable with self-evaluation and constructive feedback.

Important information:

  • Please read our Centre Policies.
  • Please wear comfortable loose clothing and appropriate footwear.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have no acting experience. Which course is the most suitable for me?

PAC welcomes students from all acting backgrounds; from those who have never acted before to those who are signed to agencies.

For those with no acting experience, we recommend our Acting for Beginners course.

Do you offer weekend classes?

At this stage, we do not offer weekend classes for adults.

Do you offer free trial classes?

We do not offer a free trial class as such as we feel it can distract the flow of learning for existing students.

What we do offer however is an invitation to prospective students o attend the last class of term. This will give them the opportunity to see, first-hand, the class in action.

PAC is also proud to offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all classes. Should you not enjoy the first lesson of a term (we’re pretty confident you will though!), then we will happily refund the full amount of the course.

Does PAC offer payment plans?

PAC's policy is that full payment is to be made before the commencement of a course. We are happy, however, to discuss a payment plan with a student who might be experiencing temporary financial hardship.

How many students are there in each class?

We like to keep our class sizes quite low so as to guarantee personalised attention for each student.

Our maximum class sizes are as follows:

Acting for Beginners, Improvisation - max. 15 students

Scene Study, Screen Acting - max. 12 students

Note: A class will not go ahead unless there is a minimum of 6 students enrolled. On the rare occasion that a class has to be cancelled due to low numbers, paid students will be notified in advance.

What should I wear to class?

We encourage all students to wear loose and comfortable clothing to all lessons so as to free their ability to move and explore.

I'm running late to a class. What should I do?

In the event of running late to a class, please call the centre on 1300 828 144 and inform management. Alternatively, send an email to info@13.210.12.134.

I can’t make class. Can I get a refund?

PAC does not offer a refund for missed classes.

Can I start a class in the middle of a term?

In order to get the most out of the course, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes.

For this reason, we do not take enrolments after the commencement of the first lesson.

Where do you run the acting classes?

Our classes are run out of the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Parramatta.

The address is 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta. Corner of Victoria Road and Villiers Street.

If you're driving:

We recommend parking in the carpark of North Parramatta McDonalds next door and walking over.

If you're catching public transport:

ICE is a 15-20 minute walk from Parramatta train station. Walk all the way down Church Street until you hit Prince Alfred Park. Cross diagonally through the park and ICE will be on the corner across Victoria Road.

On the rare occasion that a class will be held elsewhere, parents will be notified in advance.

I can't commit to a weekly course. Do you have weekend intensives or masterclasses?

Yes.

Keep an eye out on our Adults course page for for future intensives and masterclasses.

Do you offer any industry advice?

Of course. Our co-founder, Nisrine Amine, is both an educator and working actor giving her plenty of insight into the acting industry. As are all of our acting teachers.

Feel free to organise a meeting with the team to chat about your needs.

Email info@13.210.12.134.

Is PAC affiliated with any acting agencies?

Although PAC can suggest names of Sydney Acting Agencies to keen students, they are not affiliated with any of them.

Any advice or recommendations given by the team at PAC regarding acting agencies are personal opinions of the team members themselves.

While staff at PAC may pass on audition notices to actors, they in no way receive payment (monetary or otherwise) for doing so.

How are PAC's short courses delivered?

Each short course runs for 8 weeks.

Every lesson is 2 hours long and runs weekly for the 8 weeks.