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Acting for Camera


with Mickey O'Sullivan

  • Starts Jul 11
  • 300 US dollars
  • The Forge

Available spots


Service Description

Tier 2 Class Week One - You and the Camera - Being comfortable and relaxed when the camera is rolling is paramount. This is easier said than done. This week we will run through exercises meant to give us exposure to the non blinking predator known as the camera. You’ve been told to be honest on camera - to start our class we will set a baseline for what that means.  Week Two - Voice and On Camera - Voice is one of the most important tools you can use to harness your energy.  A massive roadblock for many actors is trying to achieve a natural read. It leads to boring, emotionally absent, reads that lack depth or clarity. This week we will spend the majority of our class working to speak text for clarity of thought, and then adjusting our volume to different situations while still staying rooted deep into our emotional well. In the upcoming weeks we will use this tool more than anything else.  Week Three - The Contrasting Take - So you’ve been asked for a contrasting take. Let’s explore the different ways you can achieve a contrasting take that is right for the character, the project, and even the frame. You’ll work this week with a 1-2 page scene or 45 second monologue and we will use the text, circumstances and project information to differentiate the takes. Week Four - Television -  Students dive into the unique demands and opportunities presented by the machine of Television. We will break down the co-star, guest-star, and regular responsibilities. Differentiate between genres and forms. Students explore the nuances of analyzing episodic scripts during the audition stage. Practicing building consistency in character portrayals, and adapting to the faster pace of TV production while remaining calm and making choices that give the actor agency on set.  Week Five - Film Acting Techniques -  Film functions differently than TV in many ways and this week we will shift the focus to finding the ways we can thrive while working in film. We will examine both supporting and leading roles and the differences between Big blockbuster studio films and shoestring indies.  Week Six - Stakes!! This week, students will tackle the challenges of acting in HIGH STAKES, MONSTER, POSSESSION, EMOTIONAL 10/10  scenes, from drama to comedy to thriller. They will explore how to authentically find and portray heightened emotions and navigate high-stakes situations, while maintaining credibility and connecting with their audience.


Upcoming Sessions


Contact Details

  • 2424 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

    (773) 302-7405

    studio@theforgechi.com


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