SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION: Improv Film Acting for Actors and Directors

October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Many actors have trouble acting for film. How can directors evoke more realistic work from them? The quick route to realistic acting is to learn motivation through improvisation. But “improv” is not just random impulse. Freedom is a variable. Too much breeds unfocussed superficiality; so directors try to focus it with rules and motivations. A motivation forces you to enter a real moment rather than following a memorized sequence. How do we use improv to learn these skills? We perform partnered improv exercises designed to develop the skills of non-initiation, and we run improv scenes using cameras. This workshop is ideal for directors of drama, documentary, and dance. It is also an excellent introduction to improvisation for stage actors and dancers who want to learn to act more realistically.

Daniel Conrad’s films have screened at Locarno, Montréal World, London Int’l, Valladolid, Seattle Int’l (Best of Fest Shorts), New York Dance on Camera (2 Silver prizes), Golden Prague (Dagmar & Vaclav Havel prize), Toronto Moving Pictures (Audience prize), Northwest Film & Video (Judge’s Selection), Dance Camera West (L.A.), Bilbao, Vancouver Int’l, the Portland Art Museum’s series: Icons, Rebels and Visionaries; and were purchased by PBS, CBC, ARTV, ZDF (Germany), TVE (Spain), Bravo, and the National Gallery of Art, Wash., D.C.
DATE AND TIME: Saturday November 12, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Cineworks Studio, 1131 Howe St., Back Lane Entrance
COST: $90 (+ HST) non-members, $75(+ HST) members

To register, please email info (at) cineworks (dot) ca or call 604-685-3841


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