Damian Walshe Howling wins!

Damian Walshe HowlingActing Coach at Brave Studios, film director, writer and actor Damian Walshe-Howling wins prestigious International short film prize. Out of 4000 entries from over 100 countries Damian Walshe Howling was one of four to be selected for the Lexus short film competition. The film is set to be produced by the Weinstein company, putting Damian Walshe Howling in front of some of the film industry’s heaviest hitters. Damian Walshe Howling is an acting coach for our Advanced Actors Workshop here at Brave and his students all rave about his coaching technique. Damian Walshe Howling tells us coaching is like directing and he loves to work with actors whether it’s in a class room or on set. Damian Walshe Howling was flown to the Napa Valley in California USA where the announcement was made. Thanks to Lexus and The Weinstein Company Damian Walshe Howling and 3 other filmmakers, from the USA, France and South Korea will have their short films produced, receive promotional theatrical distribution and and participate in top film festivals all around the world as of June 2016. Damian Walshe Howling has been on the roster of film production company GUILTY for the past couple of years – here he’s directed successful advertising campaigns for the Federal Government Funded OUR WATCH campaign, and L’Oreal Fibralogy. His short film SUSPENDED was selected to screen a The Cannes Film Festival – the film which explores a world of frightening magical possibility through the eyes of a young boy. When referring to the film that he intends to make Damian Walshe Howling said “I’ve basically written a story that’s looking at linking concepts of ancient culture and the modern world … our romantic views of certain ways of living that we go after in the modern world, We covet these old wisdoms that I guess what they’re saying is come back to yourself, come back to simplicity. But it’s very much set within the Australian landscape.” We are so proud of Damian Walshe Howling and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for him. Go Damo!


The Actors Workshop Launches with Ana Kokkinos

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Ana Kokkinos launches Brave Studios Actors Workshop series

Film Maker / Director Ana Kokkinos has launched our Professional Series actors workshop. A 2 day intensive workshop for industry professionals wanting to exercise their talents and/or expand their own process.

Over the last twenty+ years Ana has established herself as one of Australia’s most innovative and creative film makers. Ana hold titles such as ‘Only the Brave’, ‘Head On’  and ‘Blessed’ to her name. She has firmly stamped her mark on the Australian film making landscape. Her television credits include Secret Life of Us and more recently Time of our Lives. Her process and eye for detail have garnered her widespread acclaim from many Australian actors.

The actors workshop provides an exclusive opportunity for professional actors to work with Ana and learn her process for bringing a script to life; a process which can be transferred and used with any script from audition through to performance.

All Actors involved were left wanting more after being introduced to Ana’s unique and beneficial process. Ana Kokkinos has an extraordinary ability to pinpoint what is not working in a scene instantly as well as breaking down a block that might be holding an actor’s performance back. All professional actors involved in the Actors course, including Ana, were reminded how important it was to continue with acting training no matter how experienced an actor you are. Working with other actors on scenes and getting out on the floor to flex those acting muscles can only do you well. After the success of our first Actors workshop, Ana Kokkinos and Brave Studios are very excited to continue working together and look forward to announcing our next workshops soon. Ana is now working on a number of new projects and we can only wish her the best of success. Thank you Ana and to all the Actors involved in ‘The Actors Workshop’. We can’t wait to see you again soon.


“It was a pure delight to be in a safe, encouraging environment surround by like minded artists and be at the helm of someone you admire in a warm space. Thank you for creating that … Ana is gracious, honest and inspiring. She brings a beautiful nurturing element into rehearsals where you feel safe, comfortable and free. It was a pure delight to work with her and the other artists.”
Ben Noble

“Absolutely amazing weekend – learning and flexing our acting muscles in a safe place. Ana gave insightful, clear and tailored direction and feedback for each individual to take their acting to the next level. The two intensive days allowed us to focus on particular processes/areas in detail”
Georgia Byrne

Advanced TV Presenters Course off to a great start

Advanced TV Presenter Course with Damian Walshe-Howling

Advanced TV Presenters Course gives professional presenters a confidence boost.

As a TV presenter in the Australian industry, if you could choose to be mentored by just one industry professional you would choose Logie award winning producer Pam Barnes. An industry veteran Pam has been executive producer at GTV and the brains behind Carols by Candelight and the Logies. During her 40 + year in television Pam has worked with presenters such as Bert Newton, Graham KennedyDon LaneDaryl and Ossie on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday.

The advanced TV Presenters course first ran in 2013 and proved to be a very popular course, catering for professionals in the industry who were looking to upgrade their skills and boost their showreels. Participating students each received mentoring from course director Pam Barnes and course mentors George Macencroe from TV’s The Circle and Australian Actor Damian Walshe-Howling.

For their final shoot participants were asked to research and conduct an interview with Damian Walshe-Howling, an experience that proved the be an important lesson in the importance of research and appropriateness of questions asked. This final shoot compliments the other pieces shot throughout the course. We are looking forward to seeing the final edits.

“I really enjoyed it. It was a good group of people to bounce off and learn from which adds to the experience. I loved working with Pam, I felt a true sense of professionally working rather than just a class-teacher situation. I also enjoyed George and her time with us, she had great insight, tips and suggestions that were really helpful. Damian was the same, he was very generous and I loved that he took the time to discuss the interview with me afterwards. Damien and Elle were also great, very supportive environment and lots of fun. I think the only thing I wanted was a longer course because I enjoyed it so much I want to keep going.”
Jackie Rae-Lythgo




Casting Director Rosie Traynor Auditions at Brave Studios

This workshop will give participants an exclusive and intimate opportunity to work with the esteemed Melbourne Casting Director, Rosie Traynor. Students will gain inside information on the casting process and better their understanding of what’s required in an audition environment. This course is aimed at providing students with practical skills on how to approach the chat to camera, visual only commercials and 100% commercials. Rosie will also focus on working with directors and casting directors, the purpose of the screen-test and how to best market yourself.

Casting Director Rosie Traynor Auditioning Course

Rosie Traynor is an accomplished casting director with almost 30 years experience based in Melbourne. She is currently known for her position at Chameleon casting in Melbourne. Her experience in casting covers everything from TV commercials to Theatre, Television and Film. Rosie has also worked with Freemantle Media and Faith Martin Casting. Rosie has cast for Stingers, Blue Heelers, Offspring, Rush, Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, Twisted Sister (currently in production), Lake Mungo (feature). As well as casting many TVC’s.
Rosie has a wealth of information to share with students. In her Brave Studios course she spends time honing skills with the individuals she trains through her Brave Studios workshops. Rosie is an industry all-rounder who is well-known and respected by the acting fraternity for talent spotting and facilitating the best-possible performances, and for understanding client briefs, commercial to drama, from all angles. She has also worked in the industry as a talent agent, talent co-ordinator, production coordinator, actor and acting coach .
Brave Studios is the only place where you can experience a workshop with Rosie that lasts a full day with a small number of students. Rosie provides our students with individual feedback and specific training in Auditioning skills appropriate to any type of audition. You will experience a screentest complete with personalised feedback (unlike you’d ever receive at a real screen-test) and you will get the opportunity to workshop a scene with Rosie and see how you progress throughout the day.
Our auditioning course is a unique opportunity to gain an insiders perspective on the casting process which will help students to better understand how the industry works and what needs to be done to have the best possible chance at success.

You can enrol for this course by clicking here 

Acting student wins a role in new ABC show

ABC LogoActing student Brodie Dare has won a supporting role in a new ABC TV show. As it is in pre production still, it is highly confidential, hence we can not reveal the name of the show. Brodie has been attending Greentree Acting School(Brave Studios sister kids acting school)for over  5 years. She has been auditioning for many productions though Greentree Acting School and has finally landed her first role. Here at Greentree and Brave Studios, we are very proud of her and excited for her new success. This is another great example of training bringing results. Both acting schools strongly believe in investing your time in training to better your chances of winning those roles. Work will not just arrive on your doorstep unless you put in the hard work and commit to your training.Don’t just be a passenger, do the hard work! Well done Brodie!!! Brave Studios and Greentree Acting School wish you all the best of luck and know you will have a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to hear all about it.


Brave Studios are excited to announce their TV presenting course with Pam Barnes

Pam Barnes 213x201Finally the next TV presenting course has arrived. There is a lot of excitement in the air for our new Advanced TV presenting course with Pam Barnes. Our previous TV Presenting introductory course students have been waiting very patiently for this advanced course. Here at Brave Studios we wanted to make sure that we found the perfect teacher to run this TV presenter course for our students. We are very excited to be working with Pam and to learn from her extensive professional industry experience. Pam Barnes is as much of a legend behind the scenes as those she’s produced on screen, having worked “live” with the likes of Graham Kennedy, Don Lane, Daryl Somers and Bert Newton.
Pam’s many TV credits include In Melbourne Tonight, The Don Lane Show, Sale of the Century,  Search for a Supermodel, The X Factor, The Einstein Factor, Bert’s Family Feud, Dusty, Little By Little, The Singing Bee, Australia’s Got Talent and The Circle.
Some of Pam’s happiest (and most challenging) television production memories include ten years working on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (she also produced the hugely successful Reunion Specials), being Executive Producer for the 49th and 50th Annual TV Week Logie Awards in 2007 and 2008 and the 2007 Carols by Candlelight.

In this TV Presenter course you will learn the technique of interviewing in its many forms, a skill absolutely crucial for any presenter.
Mentored by Damian Walshe – Howling, participants in our advanced TV presenting course will work with actors in interview scenarios, with a green screen and autocue and leave with three professionally shot pieces in a high res digital format. In this course you will learn the technique of interviewing in its many forms, a skill absolutely crucial for any presenter.
Mentored by Damian Walshe – Howling, participants in our advanced TV presenting course will work with actors in interview scenarios, with a green screen and autocue and leave with three professionally shot pieces in a high res digital format.

Positions almost full. Don’t miss out!

Acting student joins Neighbours cast

Calen joins the Neighbours cast

Acting student to join the Neighbours Cast

Congratulations to Calen Mackenzie, a Greentree Acting School / Brave Studios student who has just joined the Neighbours cast.
Calen is a current student of Greentree Acting School (Brave Studios junior School) Calen has been a student training with Greentree for over 5 years. In that time he has won many roles in television programs and feature films including Rush, Time of our lives, The mystery of a Hansom cab, Laid, and Face to Face.
His new role playing Bailey in the Neighbours cast is an on going lead role. Neighbours casting director Thea McLeod auditioned and cast Calen in the new lead role due to hit the screen in 2013.
Calen continues to train at our Junior wing Greentree Acting School in between filming at Neighbours. He knows how important it is to continue your acting training to keep your acting skills fresh and alive.
Some of the best actors in the world still train regularly to constantly challenge their craft and skills.
Phillip Seymore Hoffman once said “Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It’s not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it.” .To start winning roles you have to put in the hard work and invest in yourself continuously. The roles will not just come to you, you have to work hard at the craft and train as an actor in between work and when there is no work at all. Calen has never given up or gotten lazy. He attends classes on a regular basis and continues to challenge himself. This is how Calen is winning roles and continues to be cast in Australian Film and TV.

Keep up the great work Calen. We will be supporting you all the way.