Screen Acting Essentials


    Mondays 6.30pm – 9.30pm, 6 weeks

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    Product Description

    Screen Acting Essentials

    Starts: Monday 23 March, 2020
    6 x Mondays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

    Cost: $395

    Location: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), 8 Victoria Road Parramatta NSW 2150. View MAP.


    • Learn the basics of screen acting
    • Develop spontaneity and reacting to the present moment
    • Learn thorough script analysis
    • Deliver truthful performances on screen
    • Develop screen acting terminology

    Course overview:

    So, you’ve finished our Acting for Beginners course (or a similar foundation course elsewhere) and you now want to work more closely on acting for the screen?

    This 6-week Screen Acting Essentials course will give actors aged 18+ the opportunity to work on short scenes taken from film and television shows.

    Each week will begin with taking actors through a series of ensemble activities and improvisation exercises to help relax and loosen them. And then through a Stanislavski approach of analysing the scripts for given circumstances,  the actors will work towards creating compelling and truthful characters for the camera.

    Students will also learn about the difference between stage and screen acting, tips and tricks for making the camera work for you and other things like focal points, working within a frame, dynamic and active character choices on screen and so on.

    Students will get the chance to film their weekly scenes and then watch over them for feedback.

    The Teacher:

    ARKA DAS is an actor and filmmaker from Sydney, Australia, whose work includes award winning Australian and international film, TV & stage credits. Arka has starred in Academy Award nominated film Lion and will be seen in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan. His TV credits include Top of the Lake: China Girl, directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion, a lead role on ABC’s critically acclaimed medical drama Pulse, alongside Janet King, The Code and also Nine Network/Sony’s crime drama Bite Club.

    As a writer & director, Arka holds short films, web-series and short documentaries under his belt. He wrote and directed Khana Khazana, a short film exploring the dark side of migrant labour, which had its Australian premiere at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and its US premiere at LA Shorts Film Festival and has also screened at St Kilda Film Fest and the International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto. Arka is also one of the writers on an upcoming anthology feature film produced by Co-Curious and in development with the assistance of Screen Australia and Create NSW.


    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.