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Masterclass In Screen Acting

4 Week Diploma Course


Our new, Four Week Screen Acting Masterclass offers a unique opportunity for those who want to turn their acting skills to the screen. This full-time course will offer practical, camera–focused training at the world-famous Pinewood Studios, taught by Actors Studio’s leading tutors, and internationally renowned industry professionals. Over four weeks, you will get to work closely with Film & TV Directors, Acting Coaches, Casting Directors and Agents who will ensure both your acting and technical skills excel, giving you a strong foundation to progress your career.


In addition to having intimate, tailored masterclasses, this course will provide you with two professionally filmed scenes that guarantee to bolster your resume. All actors will receive a digital copy of scenes once they have been professionally edited, and upon completion, all students will be issued with an Actors Studio Screen Acting Masterclass Diploma.

Meet Your Tutors

Tim is a former Talent Agent who represented many household names from the world of entertainment. In 2004, he founded the successful actor training company, Actors Studio where he’s created a host of popular actor training courses and has a huge wealth of experience in coaching and directing actors. Now working as an Award-Winning Director, Tim’s credits include The Prowler starring Dominic Rowan and Linette Beaumont Winner of The 2016 Best British Film award at the Portsmouth International Film Festival. Tim has also produced training films in Screen Acting that are distributed by The National Theatre book shop and Samuel French.

Mel is one of the top dialogue and acting coaches in the industry, where she has worked on over 50 major film and TV projects. The full list can be found on IMDb. Projects include working with leading actors on films and TV projects: Marco Polo, Chalet Girl, The Lady, Berbarian Sound Studio, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Station, Control. By working as a voice coach, actor, acting teacher, writer and director has allowed her to learn and understand the depth of the interconnected nature of all human expression.


When Mel teaches acting for screen, her approach is new and different. Some coaches teach rehearsal processes, others screen technique, however Mel believes that both are fundamental for any actor. During workshops, Mel uses a camera and monitor, which allows the actor to see the results of their work on the screen.


Some of the actors Mel has coached (voice, dialect or acting) for theatre, film or TV (in alphabetical order): Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, Noel Clarke, Charlie Cox, Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch,  Christopher Egan, Laurence Fox, Paul Giamatti, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Djimon Hounsou, Milla Jovovich, Angelina Jolie, Sam Riley, Michelle Ryan, Sheridan Smith, Edward Speleers, Jon Voight, Ray Winstone & Billy Zane.

To assist actors in their development of a role, Clare draws upon her extensive experience as a theatre director and vocal coach. She has developed a series of exercises where the essential free flow of the breath links the movement of the diaphragm with the handling of the breath by the lips and tongue. This will ensure clear diction and a strength of emotional connection.


Clare Davidson, is an acting coach with a worldwide reputation. She has trained many stars including Sting, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Dudley Moore, Liam Neeson, Brian Cox, Patricia Hodge, Maureen Lipman, Jim Broadbent (Academy Award 2002), Ian Charleson, Jennifer Ehle, Francesca Annis, Harriet Walter, Orlando Bloom, Jack Whitehall, directed in London’s West End and off-Broadway, and held academic positions in colleges and universities in America and the United Kingdom.

Producer and Director Flaminia Graziadei, who trained between Italy and the UK, has a career developed between Cinema and Theatre spanning over 25 years. Since moving back to London in 2012, she created her production company LonRom Film Production Ltd.


Credits include Arrivederci Rosa, a short comedy which won Gold Award for Directing at the International Independent Film Awards, Best Comedy at the Accolade Global Film Award, World Cinema Award at the  Culver City International FF in  LA, Grand Jury Trophy at the LGBTQA FF and Silver Remi Award at the World Fest Houston. The film has been selected in more than 20 Film Festivals worldwide. The Final Haunting, her first official feature on the consequences of child abuse, was awarded Best Actress at the London Independent Film Festival 2015.

Steve Finn has been working as a Broadcast Television Director for over 20 years. His many credits include: London’s Burning, Hollyoaks, Casualty, The Bill and Holby City. Steve is currently one of the Directors on Eastenders and has worked on the award-winning show since 1995. Steve is an immensely popular Director and is known for his nurturing, friendly and enthusiastic approach when working with actors.

Director and Producer, Taz Ayoub launched his professional career after graduating from Exeter University with a BA (Hons) Film Studies.  Taz has worked continuously throughout his career and has extensive experience in Television and Film production with over 40 projects under his belt so far. Actors Studio is very excited to offer actors the opportunity to work with Taz – one of the Industry’s most up and coming new Directors.

Course Overview



To kickstart your Masterclass, Tim will introduce you to the career of being a screen actor while providing you with intensive practical training, covering shot sizes, eye lines, and personal continuity. You will be given a unique chance to meet a leading casting director, in addition to established Acting Agent Gareth Owen, who will teach you secrets of the industry to boost your career. Throughout the week you will film and review scenes, supported by Director’s comments, giving you maximum on-screen time.

  • Technical Elements of Screen Acting
  • Build Confidence in-front of the Camera
  • Work on Scripts for TV/Film
  • Watch Playback & Evaluate Performance
  • Acting Techniques using Life Experiences
  • Advanced Camera Skills
  • Mock Audition Workshop with Leading Casting Director
  • Q&A Seminar by Established Acting Agent Gareth Owen
  • Maximise Your Chances of Getting Acting Work
  • Begin Work on Scenes for Your Showreel
  • Scripts will be written and tailored for individual actors
  • Explore the Importance of Mental Imagery
  • Tell a story without words
  • Recap Skills Learned & Evaluate Progress
  • Film Short Scenes
  • Reviewing scenes with Director

Key Outcomes: Technical Skills Required of a Screen Actor, Maximise Chances of Getting Acting Work



You will focus on bringing your life to screen by collating a range of techniques created by Mel.

Seeing Your Life on Screen:

  • Individual Filming of Real Stories To See Your Life On Screen
  • Transition to Learned Text and Seeing How to Keep the Life 

The Life of the Role:

  • Scene Study
  • Filming using Rehearsal Games
  • Technical Requirements of Film/TV

The Actor’s Toybox – Building a Life:

Aquire the tools to rehearse alone and make your scenes come alive.

  • Breathing and Posture Work
  • Elemental Metaphors
  • Psychological Gesture Work
  • Circles
  • Triggers

Self-taping for screen auditions:

  • Shooting on Home Equipment 
  • Being a Text Detective 
  • Working on Audition Scenes 

Shooting a Life:

  • Shooting Master & Close-Up Shots of Scenes with Workshop like Production Values 
  • Looking at both Acting & Technical Requirements Gaze/Continuity/Props/Sound etc)
  • Evaluation of Week

Key Outcomes: Psychological Gestures, Breathing, Posture, Emotions, How to Slate, Script Analysis, How to Self-Tape for Auditions



Working with both leading acting coaches and TV Directors, week three will introduce you to physical awareness for screen and demands of the industry.

Clare Davidson:

  • Breakdown of a film script with Stanislavski Exercises (mentioning Meisner and Adler)
  • Vocal technique (Structured to aide relaxation on a film set)
  • Learn to release required emotion for the scene
  • Go through Stanislavski exercises, relating them to sample script

Clare Davidson:

  • Further work on Vocal Technique
  • Link vocal technique to acting exercises and the text of the script
  • Building a secure system an actor can apply throughout their career

Flaminia Graziadei:

  • Group work on energy, listening, and perception of the surfaces & Space 
  • Individual improvisation exercises, both physical and verbal.
  • Research and Creation of a piece of material in pairs and groups. 
  • Evaluation

Flaminia Graziadei:

  • Apply the acquired physical awareness on the cinematic approach of the three plans: Close-Up, Waist-Shot and Full Figure
  • Film a scene using the cinematic approach

Steve Finn:

  • The demands of working as an Actor in broadcast television 
  • How to listen and give variety in your performance
  • Building a successful working relationship with a director
  • Q & A Seminar with Director Steve Finn

Key Outcomes: Stanislavski (mentioning Meisner and Adler), Acquiring physical awareness for screen acting, Learning the demands of tight schedules and little rehearsal times.



This final week of the course is focused on filming two professional scenes for your acting showreel, while giving you the chance to work alongside a professional film crew to experience what it takes to work both sides of the camera. Scenes will then be professionally edited for you to use as a showreel to market yourself on platforms like Spotlight & Casting Call Pro.


  • Authentic On-Set Experience 
  • Professional Showreel Production 
  • Final Summary of your Course 
  • Presentation of Diploma Certificate 

Key Outcomes: Rehearse and Shoot Two Professional Scenes with Crew & Director. Experience the demands of working as part of the crew.