On the first day we will quickly cover the differences between live performance and camera work, and discuss what everyone hopes to achieve from the course. Then we will look at you on screen as you tell a real story from your own life (actors rarely see themselves as themselves!). We will then move onto short monologues and in the process, learn how to stay alive in the role whilst maintaining your own level of charisma.
On the second day, we will explore tips and tricks to help you to stay connected, fight nerves and maintain confidence. We will explore ways to approach a scene – using many different methods to improve muscle memory, explore relationships, identify needs and illustrate pictures in your head – but avoiding the decision of HOW to play it – so that the actor feels free and ‘in the moment’ when performing.
Finally, using selected scenes, we will work on ways to stay free and released when moving from the master-shot to the close-up. How do you keep the same inner freedom when your outer freedom is restricted? This intensive course will be very practical, exploring various strategies ranging from the physical to the psychological and will also include technical tips and play-backs on screen throughout.
The course will be entirely in English. Please come prepared with a short modern monologue that falls within your own playing age.
NOTE: PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS COURSE IS ENTIRELY IN ENGLISH.
Mel Churcher worked mainly as an actor and broadcaster for her first twenty years in the business. Her work included leading roles at the National Theatre, New Shakespeare Co. and extensive film and television work including classic series such as Upstairs Downstairs, Edward VII & Duchess of Duke Street.
She coaches in voice, dialect or acting and has worked with amazing actors such as Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich or Keira Knightley. And also with renown directors like Luc Besson, Tim Burton, Sam Mendes, Richard Donner and Hugh Hudson.