ADVANCED ACTORS TRAINING GROUND
1 YEAR ADVANCED ACTING COURSE INCORPORATING VOICE, MOVEMENT, ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE, SCENE STUDY, SHOWREEL AND HEADSHOTS and A LIVE SHOWCASE to Melbourne Agents
Applications Now Open for 2018
Applications will be reviewed from the 5th of February 2018
ABOUT THE COURSE
Brave Studios 1 year Advanced Acting program is an intensive and comprehensive study of Acting for the Camera. This course will give participants the opportunity to prepare themselves for the professional industry. Our aim is to equip the actor with a greater sense of personal insight and understanding of self in order to create performances based solidly in truth.
Created by Brave Studios’ owners Elle Mandalis and Damien Fotiou, this is a course designed by industry professionals who understand the demands and expectations of what it takes to be a working Actor. Having worked in the industry for over twenty years both Elle and Damien have extensive experience as performers and peformance training facilitators. Their close connection and involvement with the running of the course ensures that you receive the highest quality training possible in a safe and nurturing environment.
Brave Studios prides itself on the personal attention we give to each and every student. In order for our students to receive individual attention and extensive hours working on the floor, we cap our class sizes to 12 students – A rare and luxurious opportunity!
Acting students will have the wonderful opportunity to train with with many various talented and sought after Acting teachers including Damian W Howling, Mark Hennessy , Daniela Farinacci and Lyndelle Green. All teachers independently offer unique techniques and methods of training including Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Chubbuck and Stanislavsky to give students the opportunity to broaden their acting skills and tools. Although the teachers are all individual in their training, they are working together towards achieving the same goal – To get to the truth of a scene and character.
Students are assigned scenes throughout the course which both compliment and challenge them in order to become more versatile in their craft. The program will take you from Script Analysis right through to performance in preparation for the showcase. A crucial element of our training is being filmed and making this footage available for our students to watch in their own time for self critiquing. This enables self reflection and understanding ones own truth. Here at Brave Studios we are always driving you towards your own truth and finding ways to bring it into your work as it is an essential skill to have as an actor. We pride ourselves in creating a safe environment to work in as we believe the best performances come from feeling safe enough to take risks and to create a sense of play to explore ones self.
Vocal training is one of the most critical aspects of actor training. The voice component to the Advanced Actors Course is helmed by two of Australia’s foremost Voice practitioners, Suzanne Heywood and Rob Meldrum. The depth of their experience in voice training is unparalleled in this country.
This class will enable the actor to improve their vocal clarity, diversity and power. By training the voice, the actor is able to access emotions, use their breath and deliver a stronger, more confident performance.
As actors you need to be able to keep yourself in co-ordination even when playing a character who is not co-ordinated. You need to find the connection through you, in order to connect with an audience whether that be live or through the camera.
The Alexander Technique helps you learn to take care of yourself in every activity that you do. It helps you find ease in your work, freedom in your voice, and an openness to performance. Probably Australia’s foremost practitioner of The Alexander Technique, Penny McDonald will guide students through every expect of the technique which has become absolutely indispensable for any serious actor.
Understanding your own body, the actors instrument, is absolutely fundamental in understanding yourself both as a human being and as a performer. Movement training not only gives you physical freedom and expressive power but helps you connect to a deep inner truth.
Our movement training component is run by the renowned teacher Anne O’Keefe. Her exhaustive knowledge of movement techniques and work from some of the worlds greatest teachers gives students a complete and integrated physical training.
The key to securing any acting job is through a successful audition. As something which most actors do more often than anything else auditioning is the key to a successful acting career. Brave Studios’ director Damien Fotiou teaches the Auditioning component of The Advanced Actors Course. With more than twenty years experience auditioning as a professional actor and many years experience behind the camera casting and producing self tests, Damien will guide students through the audition and also give students a unique insight as to what happens behind the camera in the casting process.
All students get the opportunity to work with Casting Director Megan Darcy from Nick Hamon Casting over 3 days to get a truthful insight into how the casting industry works and what’s to be expected as an actor. Megan’s extensive knowledge and experience of the casting world is invaluable for all acting students wanting to know the ins and outs of the industry.
MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Students have the exclusive opportunity to be a part of 2 X 2day Master classes throughout the year.
ANA KOKKINOS MASTERCLASS – Australian Filmaker and Director
This intensive 2 day acting masterclass with one of Australia’s most acclaimed Film Directors, ANA KOKKINOS gives our students hands on experience to work with a Director. This is an exclusive opportunity for participants to work with Ana and learn her unique process for bringing a script to life; a process which can be transferred and used with any script from audition through to performance.
Over the last twenty years Ana has firmly established herself as one of our most innovative and creative film makers. With titles such as ‘Only the Brave’, ‘Head On’ and ‘Blessed’ to her name Ana has firmly stamped her mark on the Australian film making landscape. Her television credits have garnered her widespread acclaim from actors for her process and eye for detail, something which is sadly lacking in today’s industry.
AUDITIONING WORKSHOP – DAY 1
US SELFTEST WORKSHOP with Caitlin Wells
All students will self test for Los Angeles Casting Director Caitlin Well in our in house studio to be followed up with a live Skype session to receive direct feedback along with honest, constructive criticism. You will be taken through the casting process from not only the actors perspective but also the standpoint of the decision makers.
This is a rare privilege for students in a training environment to be exposed to decision makers not only within Australia, but world wide and start to build industry relationships to help you with your carrier as an actor. This will give you the tools to help win your self test auditions, along with providing you with industry insight into what goes on behind the scenes when a production is being cast.
After having worked as a Casting Associate for Warner Bros. feature casting department, Caitlin brings her unique Hollywood experience and connections to Brave Studios and our students.
Caitlin’s experience on U.S Films includes:
Working on major US feature films and directly collaborating with top tier directors and producers, has provided Caitlin with an awareness and insight into the Hollywood casting process that she is excited to share with Australian actors. Having worked extensively with actors in the casting room but also receiving umpteen self-taped auditions throughout her casting career, Caitlin knows just what it takes to get noticed in a self test scenario.
AUDITIONING WORKSHOP – DAY 2
CASTING WORKSHOP with one of Melbournes top Casting Directors
This workshop will cover auditioning skills and techniques to help you better your audition process. You will learn how to approach a script and receive invaluable insights from a casting director’s perspective. Many actors leave from an audition never knowing why they may not have won the role. This is a great way for you to receive feed back from a casting director to help you move into the right direction. All students will work with one of Melbourne top Film and TV casting directors.
SHOWREEL AND HEADSHOT PACKAGE
To ensure students are ready when they graduate, a showreel and headshots are vital. A video production team will film and edit a professional showreel for each student and include stunning headshots by our extremely talented photographer Pier Carthew. This is to help students approach industry professionals on completion of this course and to help them showcase their work for potential auditions.
Showreel scene and headshot’s will be filmed in the first week of December 2017
The culmination of twelve months of hard work is a showcase of our students work.
The Showcase includes a live filmed “screen-test” and screening of each students showreel filmed professionally in Term 3. All these filmed components will be is sent to Casting Directors and acting Agents Australia wide.
COURSE DATES 2018
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Monday evenings 7.30pm – 10.30pm Scenework
Wednesday evenings 7.15 – 10.15pm – Voice
Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm – Movement / 1pm – 4pm – Scenework
23rd April – 23th June 2018
16th July – 15th September 2018
8th October – 8th December 2018
4th February – 1st April 2019
*Applicants are expected to commit to all course dates listed above.
$11,250 (inc GST)
$10,750 if paying in full at commencement of the course
Can be paid in 2 instalments of $5,625.00 per semester
Term instalments can also be arranged upon enrolment
$500.00 deposit is required to secure your place.
APPLICATIONS AND COURSE PRE-REQUISITES
*Applicants must complete one or more of the following pre-requisites. Auditioning with one of the school directors is strongly recommended
- By audition at Brave Studios with one of the Acting School Directors.
- Have completed Brave Studios The Actors Workshop Transitional Course and has been invited to apply into the 12 month program (assessment upon conclusion of course)
- Equivalent training or experience of the above course. Please send your CV and showreel to firstname.lastname@example.org to be assessed. You will be asked to audition should your submissions not be sufficient.
View our recommended reading for the course here.
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