5-week Film & TV class
with Jessica Blank, & Special Guest, Jennifer Rudolph,
Owner of The Actor's Green Room
If you're looking to take your on-camera work in the audition room and on set to the next level, this is the class for you!
Dates: Tuesdays, May 14th, 21st, 28th, Friday, June 7th, and Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Time: 7PM - 10PM
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
$425 (ELEVATE member OR SALE)
*multiple discounts cannot be combined
AGR's 5-Week Film & TV Class is designed for actors who have little on-camera experience, as well as working actors who would like to hone their on-camera techniques. Over five weeks, we will focus on preparation techniques that will help the actor make specific choices while staying flexible for adjustments, the different approaches required for dramatic and comedic material, and the basics of the business. The course will culminate in a class with Jen Rudolph, the owner of The Actor’s Green Room, where she will work with students and give them feedback.
Week 1: Preparing for the Work / The Art of Under 5s
In our first class, using Under 5 sides, the actors will explore ways to prepare a scene that will help them make specific choices while also keeping them flexible for adjustments. In addition, how to specifically approach Under 5s for auditions will be addressed. The class will end with a brief Q&A session.
Week 2: Dramatic Work
On the Friday before class, each actor will be sent a dramatic scene that best suits their type to prepare for the coming session. The class will begin by discussing the how-to approach for dramatic work. Then each actor will work on-camera individually with Jessica while the rest of the class watches in the main room. During this time, Jessica will coach them through their scenes, giving adjustments as needed and addressing any acting issues. Specific application of the techniques learned in the class will also be addressed. The class will end with a brief Q&A.
Week 3: Comedic Scenes
Before the class, actors will be sent comedic scenes to prepare for the coming session. The beginning of the class will focus on ways to approach comedic scenes: how to make specific and unique comedic choices, and the emotional stakes and timing required for the comedy to work. Then each actor will receive individual on-camera coaching from Jessica while the class watches in the main room. The class will end with a brief Q&A.
Week 4: Going Deeper and Preparing for Week 5-
Choosing one of the two scenes worked on during the prior two weeks, the actors will explore it further, identifying the "event" and the acting challenges presented in the scene. They will then work on-camera to address both the event and the challenges. We will also talk about nerves in the audition process, and how mindset can support staying relaxed and available in the work.
Week 5: Simulating the Audition
Each actor will be assigned one of the scenes he/she worked on in the previous weeks to prepare for the final class, which will begin with a Q&A session with Jen Rudolph. She will also address the business side of acting and “type”. Then each actor will work on-camera with Jen, simulating the actual audition environment, and receive feedback.
Ages 16 and up are welcome!
You may cancel and receive credit up to 7 days before the start date of the class. However, within 7 days of the start date of the class, no credit will be issued. Due to the nature and structure of this class, you will not receive credit or be able to make up any portion of this class for any reason if you cancel or miss a class after the start date.
Please note: You will not be able to schedule a make up date if you miss one week of a multi week class! Please only register if you can make all of the class dates.
Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she is author of THE EXONERATED, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. THE EXONERATED won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards; it has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of the year." It was made into an award-winning movie adapted by Jessica and Erik, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Their documentary play AFTERMATH, directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, toured internationally for two years and was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Their new play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC (based on the writings of Lester Bangs), under commission at CTG, was workshopped at the Public Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse and recently completed a sold-out run at the Kirk Douglas Theater and South Coast Rep, with Erik starring and Jessica directing.