Our Teaching Methods
we examine the key principles developed by Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler
with a view to then deliver our psychological approach that
creates a true performance on screen
adler - script
meisner - FELLOW actor and environment
strasberg - emotional connection
STELLA ADLER - we view adler's work and consider stretching the imagination whilst using script analysis to further develop the technique of looking beyond the script. to illustrate - in the script it details the characters are holding hands, is this the first time that they've held hands? If so, how do they feel? Excited, happy, weird, awkward? Have they now held hands too long? Does she want to stop holding hands but feels weird about it? or Do they do it all the time? Is it out of habit? is it nothing for them to be holding hands? Making choices about this will affect the reactions and behaviours in the scene. The words in the script will remain the same, but the choices which are made by the character will alter the scene. join our classes to learn more about how this benefits your work on screen.
sandford meisner - we view mesiner's work to consider the fellow actor and the environment to make sure that you are reacting truthfully and honestly, moment by moment. Yes, you must learn your lines but your relationship and reactions to fellow actors and your environment will alter your behaviour in the given circumstance. Take the previous scene: it's the same scene but you change the environment to a bus stop, you're outside, where's your focus? What are you doing? what's your relationship? Then the same scene in a cinema, you're seated side by side, where's your focus? What are you doing? What's your relationship? Then again the same scene in a living room on the sofa together. What's changed? The script remains the same but your relationship, reactions from your fellow actors choices and your environment will affect your behaviour and your fellow actors. Yes, you know what your character will say next, but you must react truthfully and honestly to what you hear back. join our classes to learn more about how this benefits your work on screen.
LEE STRASBERG - we view strasberg's work to consider the actor's emotional connection to the given circumstance. by using emotional recall with sense stimulus we use our past experiences to deliver a real emotion and drive the scene forward so that you are no longer pretending within the given circumstance you are actually feeling within the given circumstance. We use sense stimulus exercises amongst others to evoke a particular emotion . Emotional recall - think about when you last heard a song and you're instantly taken back to the last time you heard it. The details of that evening, who was with you, what you were wearing, what happened, the more you listen to that song and think about that evening the more detail you will remember. Our exercises help you stimulate that memory to recall a particular emotional reaction.
psychological approach - OUR UNIQUE APPROACH STRIPS AWAY THE PRETENCE, OVER THINKING AND OVER ACTING. WE USE VARIOUS TECHNIQUES THAT GIVES YOU A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO DELIVER CONSISTENTLY GOOD WORK ON SCREEN. AS A SCREEN ACTOR YOU WILL BE ASKED TO DELIVER THE SAME REACTION OVER AND OVER. WE TEACH YOU HOW TO DO THAT TRUTHFULLY, HONESTlY AND CONSISTENTLY. WE TEACH YOU EMOTIONAL IMPROVISATION, SENSE STIMULUS EXERCISES, BODY LANGUAGE TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP YOU TO LOSE YOURSELF WITHIN THE GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCE, SO THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER ACTING YOU ARE REACTING TRUTHFULLY AND ORGANICALLY.