The Art of Cinematic Performance
With Carolyn Pickles & Sue Dunderdale


Embark on a transformative journey over five immersive days, guided by two industry luminaries—one from the perspective of an actor, the other a director. Together, you’ll delve deep into the art of crafting authentic and compelling characters, essential for captivating performances on screen. Through dynamic improvisation exercises, you’ll cultivate scenes to bolster your growth throughout the week, transitioning seamlessly from theatrical to cinematic realms. Benefit from invaluable insights and precise direction from our esteemed tutors, as you refine your craft through a spectrum of immersive techniques. This exclusive course caters to drama school graduates, individuals in training, and seasoned professionals seeking to elevate their skills to new heights. Please note that while this experience promises enriching learning opportunities, it is not suited for beginners.

Meet Your Tutors

Carolyn Pickles


With a career spanning over four decades, Carolyn Pickles is a prominent figure in the English acting scene, renowned for her versatility on both stage and screen. She has graced award-winning British dramas like “Broadchurch” and “Vera,” as well as iconic films such as “Harry Potter.” Collaborating with Carolyn presents a unique opportunity to draw from her wealth of experience, offering invaluable insights to enhance your craft and elevate your prospects of landing your next acting role.

Sue Dunderdale


Sue Dunderdale brings a wealth of experience in Theatre, Film, and TV Directing, reflecting her deep commitment to nurturing emerging talent and collaborating with established industry figures. Her versatile portfolio includes coaching and directing esteemed actors such as Helena Bonham Carter and Clarke Peters, contributing significantly to their success on screen. With a track record of working alongside BAFTA-winning performers, Sue’s expertise underscores her dedication to the craft and her ability to elevate performances to new heights.

The Art of Cinematic Performance

Midway through the week, Carolyn and Sue, our expert tutors, will collaborate to assign scenes from screenplays for you to immerse yourself in, filming each performance for thorough self-assessment—an essential step in grasping the actor’s process. In the culminating two days, Sue will delve into the intricacies of character depth, emphasising the vitality of embodying the inner life of your character to evoke tension and conflict within the scene. Together, we’ll uncover the profound truth that mastery of dialogue is just the beginning; it’s the layers beneath the surface that truly enrich a performance, captivating the camera and audience alike.

Throughout the intensive five-day program, you’ll delve into the significance of subtext and its harmonious interplay with the written word. Through meticulous analysis and breakdowns, we’ll draw from your life experiences, knowledge, and external influences to infuse authenticity into every scene, allowing genuine thoughts and emotions to resonate within your character. These invaluable techniques are universally applicable, enriching your abilities as an actor in any role, whether large or small, and equipping you with the dynamic skill set sought after by Casting Directors, particularly in self-tapes or auditions.

With a dedicated focus on screen performance, all footage captured throughout the week will be made available for your continued development, serving as a valuable resource to refine your craft in the future.


Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June 2024

Designed For

Immediate – Professional Actors


10am to 5pm

What You'll Love

Intensive Training

Held at Pinewood Studios



You’ll be working at the heart of the British Film Industry and home to some of the world’s most influential Oscar winning film makers. Feel inspired and build your confidence as you work with industry leading professionals in a supportive environment.

Getting to Pinewood Studios

Free parking is available on site. A free shuttle bus service runs to Pinewood from nearby stations, including Uxbridge Tube Station, Slough and Gerrards Cross (Transfer time 10 mins).

Casting professionals choose Spotlight to cast their projects because performers on Spotlight are recognised as the industry’s best. 

To be eligible to apply for Spotlight Membership, you have to successfully earn 400 Points from Actors Studio Training.

Spotlight Eligibility

Each course is worth a certain amount of points. Courses can be repeated to earn points. See below how many points you can earn from successfully completing this course.

Booking Options

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  • 5 Day Intensive Practical course
  • Suitable if you are (17 yrs+) and a training actor, drama school graduate or professional actor
  • Not suitable for Beginners – see our Crash Course Beginners and 1 Day Screen Acting Workshop
  • Attracts a varied age range from 17 yrs+. International Students Welcome
  • The course is taught in English, so it is important that you have proficient English language skills
  • Small Class Size
  • Held at Pinewood Studios
  • Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the Differences from Stage to Screen
  • Script Analysis from an Actor and Director Perspective
  • Stand Out on Screen and in Auditions
  • Bring life to your performance on Stage and Screen
  • Learn the ingredients of building a successful acting career
  • Course Location

    Actors Studio, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
  • Free parking available at Pinewood Studios
  • Free frequent shuttle bus service from London Uxbridge Tube Station, Slough & Gerrards Cross. Transfer from station to Pinewood Studios – 10 minutes
  • Canteen & Coffee shops on site
  • Excellent and fast transport links from London
  • Payment Options

    We accept all major debit and credit cards.  Take advantage of PayPal Pay In 3, splitting the cost into 3 interest free payments.

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