Directing the Actor
Helping directors acquire the skill and confidence to successfully work with actors.
After successfully bringing ‘Directing The Actor’ to the NYU Graduate Film School and the National Screen Institute in Winnipeg, John Boylan is offering this uniquely focused course at the Centre for the Arts in Toronto.
This course suits directors with a level of previous experience: either in web, theatre, commercials; , filmmaking, shooting tv; or a film school graduate.
- Course available in the Spring and Fall of 2014
- 3 – 8 hour days of practical and in-depth learning
- Find out the “absolute” do’s and don’ts with actors
- Directors will work with 6 busy, working actors
- How to make best use of rehearsal time
- See how far you can push an actor – Get the actor to do what you want - The harmonious atmosphere will facilitate proper and deliberate practice
This course offers an intimate group of directors the opportunity to immerse themselves in acting and the actor. The directors will learn to better understand their own communication and leadership styles as well as develop a simple fluency in the grammar of the actor’s performance. As directors learn first and foremost by doing, each participant will have ample directing time as they learn the actor’s methodology, terminology and psychology.
Working with actors, the directors will learn to suss them out quickly and develop their ability to utilize the actors’ individual personality and psychology to get better performances. Each director will be given the skill to move an actor forward to peak performance and not ‘give up’ on performance. They will, in turn, also have the luxury of getting the actors’ feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.
Using current TV series scenes, feature screenplay scenes and scenes from classical plays directors will see how good writing inspires actors and will allow us to examine subtext, tone, rhythm and pace from an actor’s standpoint and analysis. The directors will also have the challenge of making a poorly written scene come to life.
The in-class work will be based on today’s industry conditions reflecting both the art of excellent movie acting and the practical necessities of time and money. Directors will see the similarities and differences between the actor’s and the director’s process of creation.
Spring, April 19, 20, 21
Fall, Sept 6, 7, 8
Three 8-hour days
$452. (HST included) Location: 651 Dufferin Street, Toronto
To enroll: Send cover letter and resume to John Boylan at firstname.lastname@example.org Directors will be put on a Waiting List and informed if they are chosen for the course on or before April 1.
For more information you can call: 416 568 9072 Times and dates subject to change without notice.