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
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.
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.
“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 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 as an actor ensuring that you are marketing yourself correctly and that your CV stands out as professional in this saturated market.
Without hesitation, Sarah will expose weaknesses in your audition practice and construct ways to improve going forward. 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 Kent - Week 1
To kickstart your Masterclass, Tim 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. 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.
Key Outcomes: Technical Skills Required of a Screen Actor, Maximise Chances of Getting Acting Work
- 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 Casting Director
- 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
- Actors Play Crew – understanding the roles on set
- Reviewing scenes with Director
Mel Churcher - Week 2
You will focus on bringing your life to screen by collating a range of techniques created by Mel. Through telling real life stories to camera, and understanding the principles of preparing for a role, Mel will develop a natural performance from you and give you an insight into her years in-front and behind camera. Through Mel’s guidance, you will also learn how-to and film a Self-Tape.
Key Outcomes: Psychological Gestures, Breathing, Posture, Emotions, How to Slate, Script Analysis, How to Self-Tape for Auditions
Seeing Your Life on Screen:
- Filming of Real Stories To See Your Life On Screen
- Transition to Learned Text & 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:
- Breathing and Posture Work
- Aquire the tools to rehearse alone
- Elemental Metaphors
- Psychological Gesture Work
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
- Looking at both Acting & Technical Requirements Gaze/Continuity/Props/Sound etc)
- Evaluation of Week
Clare Davidson - Week 3
In your Third Week, Clare Davidson will take an advanced analytical approach to studying your performance technique. Through assessing your body, voice and mind Clare will unlock creative and emotional freedom on screen whilst working alongside a feature script. On the Wednesday, BBC Director Steve Finn will be directing scenes in a Television format to give you an insight into the pace and demands of TV.
Key Outcomes: Stanislavski (mentioning Meisner and Adler), Acquiring physical awareness for screen acting, Learning the demands of tight schedules and little rehearsal times.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A selection of acting techniques will be covered
- Exercises will be carried out activating creative imagination and release emotional memory
- The importance of physical relaxation will be highlighted
- Exercises given to build muscular strength
- Develop an increased emotional freedom
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 £2,000 can be split to suit you.
Contact us for assistance
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.