Four Week Course
Intensive four weeks, Mon – Fri focused on providing you with the experience, contacts and tools you need to succeed.
Work alongside award-winning industry professionals in an intimate, creative and motivating environment at Pinewood Studios.
Stand-out to casting director with a stunning showreel written bespoke for you led by an award-winning director and crew.
Improve your Performance & Business mindset
Over four weeks, you will work closely with Film & TV Directors, Acting Coaches and Casting Directors who will ensure both your acting and business skills excel, giving you a strong foundation to progress your career. You will walk away with two bespoke professionally filmed scenes, and upon completion, all students will be issued with an Actors Studio Screen Acting Masterclass Diploma.
Meet Your Tutors
Sarah Hannah is a regular at the BBC working both in-front of the camera and within the casting department for the likes of Holby City and Casualty. Bringing her experience of working on stage and on screen, in addition to working closely with Casting Website Spotlight and the popular Monologue Slam, Sarah will focus on enhancing your presence on camera and cover the technical skills required of a professional screen actor.
Without hesitation, Sarah will expose weaknesses in your performance. As an experienced coach working with actors of all levels, Sarah has an impressive 100% Success Rate for Drama School Auditions and continues to support emerging talent through whichever path they take.
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.
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.
Carolyn Pickles is an established English actress who has appeared in West End theatre and on British television. Over Carolyn’s 35 year career, she has led on award-winning British Drama including Broadchurch, Vera, Law & Order UK in addition to EastEnders, Emmerdale, and Holby City.
Having led on British television for over 35 years, Carolyn is now giving you the unique opportunity to develop your acting skills with her and gain insight into her secrets of developing a true performance on screen.
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.
“It’s me and the actor versus the director”
After working as a casting director for the BBC for more than 10 years, Ben Cogan is now giving you the opportunity to work with him on an intimate level during our Masterclass. The role of the casting director places them into the heart of a dramatic creation, through working with writers and producers, they’re equipped to join forces with directors and introduce actors new characters.
‘My workshops consist of a in depth discussion about the casting process in relation to the actor, how to prepare & perform in an audition and some honest advice about how to design your CVs, approaching casting directors and help guide you through all areas of the casting process. I also will assign you scenes on the day to work with another – and work with you … giving direction, praise and constructive criticism. I’m then happy to answer any questions you may have.
Steve Finn has been working as a Broadcast Television Director for over 30 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.
Having directed the UK’s top soap stars in over 100 episodes of BBC’s EastEnders, Richard Lynn is now giving you the opportunity to take advantage of his actor orientated direction and experience the fast pace of a professional television actor.
Sarah Hannah - Week 1
To kickstart your Masterclass, Sarah will introduce you to the career of being a screen actor while providing you with a practical experience, covering shot sizes, eye lines, and personal continuity. Throughout the week you will film and review scenes, supported by Director’s comments, giving you maximum on-screen time to build your confidence working on set.
Key Outcomes: Technical Skills Required of a Screen Actor, Understand the relationship between actor and crew.
- Getting confident in front of the camera.
- The process of filming a scene using a single camera.
- Technical skills required of a Screen Actor – marks & continuity.
- Shot sizes and how this affects an actor’s performance .
- Difference between film and stage performance.
- Watch Playback & Evaluate Performance.
- Finding your voice for the screen.
- Personal continuity and using props.
- Rehearse and tape filmed scenes to be analyzed and critiqued in class.
- Using a series of exercises actors will learn how to bring life and energy to a script
- Learn how to make the environment real when onset.
- Using life experiences to create characters and performances.
- Thinking spaces in reference to the lens.
- How to connect to images and emotions when in front of the camera.
- Using memory recall. Actors will learn how to use their own life experiences to make believable screen performances.
- Auditioning for TV Commercials.
- Recap Skills Learned & Evaluate Progress.
- Actors Play Crew – understanding the roles on set and how it impacts an actor.
- Reviewing scenes with Director.
Clare Davidson & Carolyn Pickles - Week 2
Having built confidence on camera and understanding the format of a working set, Week Two will arm you with the skills required to achieve a convincing performance and deliver it fresh with every take. Tackling a range of scripts, under the guidance of experts, you will develop your own method to analysing text, supported by vocal and physical exercises to aid relaxation on a film set and release required emotions.
Key Outcomes: Psychological Gestures, Breathing, Posture, Emotions, Script Analysis.
How to Find your Character in Life – Research and Development outside the Script with Carolyn Pickles
- Using real-life as inspiration—Learn how to find your character in the world around you and the importance of having a secret story that drives you in every role. How would your character react?
How to See & Listen: A Fresh Performance on Every Take with Carolyn Pickles
- Exercises will be covered to keep actors SEEING afresh, both characters and surroundings. Techniques will be applied on how to use the lens, how close one can look, and how to tap into that rich interior thinking space so near the lens.
- You will learn to check the nerves and keep a sense of the scene, with attention to breathing.
Film Scenes using new techniques led by Carolyn Pickles
- Each couple in turn will have the opportunity to rehearse publicly and be directed by Carolyn.
- These scenes will be filmed and summarised with playback and discussion from the class with Carolyn.
Script Analysis with Clare Davidson
- Breaking down a script is a very personal process. Learn Clare’s unique approach to tackling a large volume of material at once and building a fuller narrative from individual sides.
Physicality and Voice with Clare Davidson using the Script
- Vocal technique: structured to aid relaxation on a film set and release required emotions.
- The importance of physical relaxation will be highlighted. Exercises are given to build muscular strength and develop increased emotional freedom.
- Link vocal technique to acting exercises and the text of the script.
TV vs Film & Finding Work/Auditioning as an Actor - Week 3
In your Third Week, you will discover the increased pace of acting in TV/Sitcom led by highly established British Television directors. Working in a multi-cam environment, your technical screen skills will be pushed as you learn the importance of hitting marks and working the active lens. To stand out in this competitive industry, you will be armed with the confidence and know-how of the audition process, including self-taping, working with casting directors and building a profile.
Key Outcomes: Physical awareness for screen and multi-directional filming, Learning the demands of tight schedules and little rehearsal times, finding work and succeeding in the audition room.
TV Director Masterclass – Richard Lynn/Steve Finn
- You will be given the opportunity to put all you have learnt so far into practice and spend two days working with an experienced TV Director, working on prepared scenes, filming and being directed in a professional environment.
Multi-Cam – Richard Lynn/Steve Finn
- Multi-cam performance with Richard Lynn/Steve Finn in contrast to yesterdays’ lesson. This will give actors an invigorating experience in working on a TV set, and how to work out of sequence. Actors will be pushed to their limits in handling multiple storylines and being able to deliver on-call.
Casting Director Masterclass with Ben Cogan
- Led by top Casting Directors, this day will enable you to uncover what they expect from you, and indeed, what you can expect from them. This session will include a Q&A.
Self-Taping – What You Need and How To Succeed
- Led by Nathan Caselton, you will unlock the secrets of self-taping and discover mistakes you’re making that are stopping you from making it to the audition room. Following detailed advice, you will film your own self-tape putting new skills into practice.
Working as an Actor in a Competitive Industry – Sarah Hannah
- Professional actor and tutor in Advanced Screen Acting Technique, Sarah will cover the secrets of the casting process, how to improve your audition and sight reading techniques and how to slate with a difference. You will learn audition how to make your audition stand out for all the right reasons.
Showreel Production - Week 4
The final week of your 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 in-front of camera. Scenes, which are written bespoke for you, are shot on RED and then be professionally edited, colour-graded and sound designed for use on platforms such as Spotlight, IMDb and Mandy.com.
Key Outcomes: Experience the demands of working as part of the crew. Rehearse and Shoot Two Professional Scenes, shot in Cinema-Style with Crew & Director at Pinewood Studios.
Film Two Professional Scenes
Recent credits of our Masterclass Students
You will attend the Masterclass from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. The final week of your course is dedicated to filming your showreel, with a call time of 8am and wrap time of 6pm. We highly recommend making yourself available after class should lesson’s be extended, or filming take longer than scheduled.
Pinewood Studios is connected via a free shuttle bus service to Uxbridge Tube Station, Gerrards Cross, Slough and South Ruislip all with good links into Central London and surrounding areas.
The free shuttle bus operates morning and afternoon before and after class. Transport to filming locations will be arranged during your time on the course.
Secure your place with a £600 deposit today.
To make this course more accessible we offer a payment plan option to break down the cost into smaller individual amounts.
A deposit of £500 + £100 payment plan fee will secure your place at booking. The remaining balance due 30 days before the start of the course. The remaining balance of £2,100 can be split to suit you.
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Accommodation is not included in this course, however we happily advise on the best nearby locations rented by previous students via websites such as AirBnb.
We recommend seeking accommodation near to transport links listed below so you can make use of the free shuttle bus if you’re not driving.