Directing The Actor.

... the workshop for Directors, given by John Boylan this past weekend has been tremendously successful in continuing to develop my skills and experience in working with Actors. John’s generosity and patience, not to mention his lifetime of experience, makes his workshops essential for any Director at any level interested in continuing to develop confidence on the floor. This is the kind of programing I am thankful for ...
— Terry Odette

Helping directors acquire the skill and confidence to successfully work with actors.

After delivering Directing the Actor at the New York University, Graduate Film School, the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg and for The Directors Guild of Canada this course is now being offered here.

Suitable candidates have a level of previous experience: either through filmmaking, TV, web, theatre, commercials or as a film school graduate.

  • 3 days of practical and in-depth learning

  • You’ll prepare one scene to shoot

  • Actors will audition for you

  • You’ll have 6 professional actors to work with

  • Learn to make best use of rehearsal time

  • Experience how far you can push an actor

  • The harmonious atmosphere will facilitate proper and deliberate practice to hone the director’s skills and creativity

This specially designed 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 professional 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 either current TV series scenes or feature screenplay scenes directors will see how good writing inspires actors. You will experience subtext, tone, rhythm and pace from an actor’s standpoint.

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. And most importantly, you will practice bringing your own personality to directing.

Classes are 5-6 hours each day, over three days. Maximum 5 director participants.
A resume and letter of interest must be submitted before attendance can be confirmed.

$620.00 (tax included)

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