Graduate Acting Program Initiates "Acting on Camera" Intensive

Friday, Mar 4, 2016

The Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program announces an innovative curricular initiative uniquely devoted to making students skilled in the language of film, television, webisodes, and voice-over work.   

Three months of the second year of training will be given over to exclusive intensive film work, where all classes will focus on the complementary aspects of acting for film, technical understanding of film and television, and a cultural comprehensive overview of the nature of film acting.

The goals for this training—unique to any MFA conservatory program in America—include:

  • Training students to adjust their acting technique with a focus on the eye of the camera and the eye of the film director;  
  • Teaching a shared vocabulary which will enable students to better understand and communicate in the confines of film or television set;
  • An experience working in a variety of positions behind the camera as well as creating their own work and discovering their particular directing aesthetic.

In addition, students will work on the following during the second year intensive:

  • Filming their Chekhov Project in a studio and on location;
  • Scene Study for the Camera
  • Voice and Speech for the Camera
  • A series examining film acting demands and aesthetics, running the gamut of film over the last 50 years, curated by guest faculty from the industry
  • Meet-ups and events with peers and collaborators in Tisch's prestigious Graduate Film and Television Program.

The components of this new initiative are in addition to existing Year 3 course work focused on audition technique for the camera; self-produced films as a part of the Freeplay Festival; and the Graduate Film collaboration that produces short films featuring the entire Year 3 class.

This new curricular initiative is offered only at NYU TISCH, where a world-class acting conservatory and a world-class film program both exist under the same roof in New York City.

Check out stills from the Chekov Film Project (2015) directed by Tim Blake Nelson above