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The Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop (SSAW) is a unique and comprehensive program that has pioneered the art and craft of screen acting since its inception in 1990. The emphasis of the workshop is on becoming imaginative and creative actors who are both believable and interesting cinematically in any genre while embracing a wide variety of characters and material from different periods and cultures.
While screen acting can utilize many of the same techniques and tools of theater acting, there are significant differences with regard to subtext, how the current technology can be used in creative and non-limiting ways, as well as with creating organic and compelling characters that often appear in a medium or long shot but also under the magnifying glass of the close-up. Ultimately students are guided from audition to rehearsal to performance with the hopes of inspiring with ideas and stories that are meaningful to both the actor and the audience. Workshop classes include: Screen Acting & Character, Muliti-Camera Screen Acting, Sit-coms, Improv & Comedy on Film, Commercials & the Business, the History of Screen Acting, Voice-overs and Voice on Screen, and Introduction to Audition & Performance.
Syllabi for the following courses are available upon request.
Directing the Actor, Alana Barrett-Adkins
The purpose of this class is to explore the working relationship between the film actor, the camera, and film director. Actors will have the opportunity to work “on set” with faculty / directors on different material, genres, and characters, always working with different director approaches. Actors will learn on camera technique and how to deliver true cinematic performance to bring the world of a scene to life through character, and finding their each actor’s unique approach to each moment in a film.
Legit Screen Audition, Gil Zabarsky
Students will be briefed via email on how to prepare for each class. Luckily, our remote curriculum does not really need to change that much, but the way in which students prepare needs to be different, simply to put them in the best possible position to succeed. For an audition-based class like this specifically, they will have to set their own cameras at a specific angle and height from the ground, in a well-lit room, with a non-distracting background, and the ability to see them in a medium-close-up static frame. They must be prepared to record all of their auditions. I will walk them through different methods of doing this. They will need to select readers ahead of time from the class, email those readers their copy of the sides, and be ready to place their readers, via the Zoom app, on the right edge of their monitor, to simulate an off-camera legit audition eyeline.
Screen Improv and Comedy Salon, Patrick Keene
Using improvisation, students will develop imaginative ideas and stories to establish individual comedic characters with unique points of view. The goal of the class is two-fold: one, to widen the actor’s toolbox with improv techniques that will be useful in audition and screen work settings, and two, to facilitate creating comedic material and generate characters for screen, stand-up, self-made content, potentially setting the groundwork for a pilot and/or sizzle reel.
Stonestreet Screen Acting & Production High School Summer Syllabus, Cormac Bluestone
This class is composed of Screen Acting and Production basics, including but not limited to shot composition, camera rules, camera technique, and director responsibilities. Discussion around directing will be broken down into cinematography, lighting, and editing.
Producing Your Career, Rebecca Yarsin
Our goal is to create an environment over the semester that allows actors and hyphenates to be clear on who they are and where they see would like to see themselves in the field and industry, bridging the gap between education and real world auditioning, producing and working. Ultimately by the time we are through there be a clear vision and narrative that can continue to grow and evolve along with a growing toolbox with regard to working in and being part and parcel of creating the field they want to be in. This is inclusive of audition materials, best practices, and producing skills from budgeting to creating the environments and having the communication skills necessary to effectuate their goals. We will continue to try to open up their eyes to more than just just how others might see ones work and characters, but also what will continue to nurture oneself in both physical and more spiritual ways. Using goals and actable steps toward these goals we will fine tune materials and how to show up fully as for their work and profession. The art of interviewing to examples and use current casting sites, resumes, photos, websites, reels, agents, casting directors, managers, DGA, WGA, festivals, grants, building your network and circular of colleagues to breaking the status quo in casting and producing will be some of the elements touched on.
Create Your Own Material, Gabriel Frye-Behar
This class will include a writing overview, and the development of an outline or script. These scripts will be revised, and eventually rehearsed. The coursework develops into directing and acting these works with the camera, and then forming class-wide discussions around the works produced.