By June 5, 2012Blog

Audition and Screen Acting Technique

3-Day Master Class

Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of Secrets from the Casting Couch, offers special Master Classes in her home city of Prague, July 20-22, 2012.

Summary: This three day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work.

Class  Schedule:

Friday, 20th July 2012

10:30                   Meet at venue for welcome coffee and orientation.

11:00                   Marketing Seminar for International Work

In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work; how to crack into the US and European markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to develop an effective C.V, chose a key photo for headshots, and create a show reel and website. Casting videos from successful actors will be screened.

13:00                   Lunch

14:30-17:00      Archetype Workshop.

Actors should bring their photos and C.V.s for discussion. The class will view and critique another’s headshots, helping to pinpoint a key archetypal image for each actor.

Saturday, 21st July 2012

11:00-13:00      Master Class: Strategies for Film Auditioning

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14:00-17:00        continuation of Master Class.

This section targets specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Nancy will assign scenes from a variety of genres the actor will prepare for the following day.

Sunday, 22nd July 2012

11:00-13:00      Master Class: Scene Study.

Actors will further develop auditioning and screen acting skills with a mock casting by taping and reviewing scenes.

13:00-14:00      Lunch

14:00-17:00    continuation of shooting scenes, followed by critique.

17:00                 Farewell drink

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including and Mission Impossible IV, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, and she recently finished the European casting on Bong Joon-Ho’sSnowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer. She is currently casting two feature films scheduled to shoot in Europe in 2013. She has been teaching film acting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US for many years, and is the founding head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School.

About Nancy’s best selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at auditions? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. This best selling book shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles, and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio.  The book will be available for a discounted price of 10 EUR.

About Prague: Meet and work with actors form all over Europe in beautiful Prague, the Golden City filled with a thousand spires. The master classes will take place at Vivid Casting Studio in Prague 7, near Letna Park that looks out over Vlatva River onto the city.  Prague is also of particular interest to actors not only because of its rich theatre history (notably with former President/playwright Vaclav Havel) but because hundreds of film makers and large scale studios flock to Prague each year to shoot films.



WHEN: 20-22 July, 2012 (11:00-17:00)

WHEREVivid Casting Studio. Frantiska Krizka 1, Prague 7, Czech Republic.

COSTS: Early Registration (until June 20, 2012) Class fee: 350,00 EUR. Price also includes a link to your scene work after the course.

Class fee after June 20, 2012: 400,00 EUR

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to class organizer Joel Kirby at Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment. The 3-day masterclass space is limited, and we anticipate the class to fill up quickly so please register soon.

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