Acting for The Camera
Actors should never think in terms of acting FOR the camera, but rather acting AND the camera. The camera might be the most intimate acting partner an actor ever has! The relationship between the actor and the camera is so important. Marilyn McIntyre works with actors to hone their on-camera acting skills with a deeper connection to their sources and heightened awareness of the psychology of space. Where many acting for the camera classes only offer tips for acting on camera, our program gives actors the tools to succeed in auditions AND on set.
acting for the camera online
This multi-level course gives actors a chance to work in a small class setting with generous time given to exercises and individual re-works to develop ease when acting on camera, personalization skills, tackling demanding material, and everything from first slates to online callbacks.
Good acting is good acting, whether on stage or screen. And while the root of good acting technique remains the same, the difference between acting for the stage and acting for the camera is an adjustment to space. This acting class will help you understand and meet this challenge!
Ideal for actors with fundamental training, working professionals, or actors looking to hone their skills in acting for the camera classes. Also ideal for actors finding emotional blockage in their work, or having trouble connecting on camera when acting on film or in Zoom auditions. Beginning actors should have read Howard Fine’s book, attended one or more of our lectures, and have had some prior experience before enrolling.
open to everyone
CLASSES TAKE PLACE OVER ZOOM. TO JOIN CLASS YOU WILL NEED A PHONE, IPAD, TABLET, OR COMPUTER WITH INTERNET CONNECTION
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PT I: THE art of close-up
The key to a compelling Close-up begins with ease in front of the camera. Let the camera see the human being and allow it into your soul, capturing every fleeting thought and emotion. Personalization is effective and efficient preparation. It requires us to include ourselves while also imagining beyond our own life experiences.
● original and scripted material
● personality slates
● self-tapes including technical basics
● personalization exercises
● in-class coaching and reworks
● technical fundamentals of the self-tape
● understanding/experiencing strategy of close-ups
● learning how to effectively evaluate your own work
PT II: “The Self” in the Self-Tape
Acting is a verb. The audition is an event.
As actors, we need to develop ease in front of the camera. The key to this is personalization which requires us to include ourselves while also imagining beyond our own experiences. You will learn to work in detail, so you can then learn what we must prioritize when it comes time to working efficiently and productively. The amount of time you have to prepare determines the scope of your investigation. The character always begins with “The Self”.
Students applying for this class must have completed Part 1: The Art of the Close-Up
● scripted scenes
● self-tapes including technical info
● personality slate
● in-class, on-screen reworks
● in-class, on-screen personalization exercises
● introduction to on-line live call-backs
● In-class, on-screen reworks
● In-class, on-screen personalization exercises
● Introduction to on-line live call-backs
PT III: & Beyond
“Bringing it ALL to the cALLback!”
The work continues! By invitation only to actors who have complete levels 1and 2. By this point, Marilyn has worked with these actors thoroughly and the approach continues to be tailored to the individual actor’s needs in applying this work to professional projects. More details about the upper level classes are given in the earlier class levels.
Taking class and staying connected with the studio while the world is in crisis has been an absolute blessing…Marilyn McIntyre is one of the most special, kind-hearted, and wise people I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with, and it is an honor to consistently explore the craft and grow with these wonderful teachers.
As a new Actor, and a transplant to Los Angeles, acting studios are certainly in abundance but good ones are not. Not all acting studios are the same! From the moment I walked into Howard’s studio for a Monday night audit, I knew it was the right fit for me. Each course added a new dynamic to my acting toolbox.
You can feel Marilyn’s passion about the craft, which makes you even more passionate and willing to work. She is personable and inspiring. If you are uncomfortable in front of a camera, you will definitely become best friends with it after this course.
I’ve had the privilege, for various reasons, to work with some of the finest coaches, instructors, teachers, trainers and mentors throughout my life. The good ones always stand out. The great ones – meet you where you’re at and walk you through to the next level. They do it with joy, authenticity and with a deep passion to see you succeed. Marilyn McIntyre is one of the great ones. Period.