The Art of Cinematic Performance
With Carolyn Pickles & Sue Dunderdale


Over 5 full days, train with two industry heavyweights leading from the perspective of an Actor and then Director, as you unlock the skills required to develop real and convincing characters that enable engaging and cinematic performances. Through improvisation you will develop a scene to support your work over the week as you progress through a journey of taking a performance from theatre to screen, supported by a range of immersive techniques and critical direction from the tutors.

This unique course is designed for drama school graduates, those in training, and professional actors seeking to enhance their skills. Please note that this course is not suitable for beginners.

Meet Your Tutors

Carolyn Pickles


Carolyn Pickles is an English actress of stage and screen with a career spanning over 40 years where she has led on award-winning British Drama including Broadchurch, Vera in addition to films such as Harry Potter. Working with Carolyn will give you the opportunity to tap into her experience and help maximise your chances of securing that next acting role.

Sue Dunderdale


Sue Dunderdale has an impressive background in the world of Theatre, Film and TV Directing. Her commitment to fostering both new talent and working with BAFTA award-winning actors underscores her versatility and dedication to the craft. Having coached and directed acclaimed actors such as Helena Bonham Carter and Clarke Peters,  Sue has worked with BAFTA-winning performers, contributing to their success on screen.

The Art of Cinematic Performance

As the two tutors come together mid-week, Carolyn and Sue will allocate scenes from screenplays for you to work on and film to self-critically view in the pursuit of understanding the process as an actor. In the final two days, whilst rehearsing the scenes, Sue will focus on the life within the character that creates the tension/conflict in the scene. Discovering with you that it is important to know the lines of the scene so well that they can become the least part of the work. It is what lies beneath the lines that creates the quality of the performance and makes for interest on camera.

Over the 5 Days you will learn the importance of sub-text, and how it supports the written text. Through intricate analysis and breakdowns, life experience, knowledge and exterior impacts will be explored to inject life into scenes and enable real thoughts and emotions in a character. These techniques can be applied in any role, big or small and enhance your capabilities in an actor when asked to self-tape or audition, giving you a more dynamic skillset often looked for by Casting Directors.

With a focus on screen, all footage filmed during the week will be available after completion for your future development. 


Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June 2024

Designed For

Training – 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

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, SL0 0NH
  • Free parking available on site
  • Free shuttle bus service from Uxbridge Tube Station, Slough and Gerrards Cross
  • Canteen and Coffee shops on Site
  • Excellent transport links from London
  • Payment Options

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