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this website and its content is copyright of jsa actors ltd trading as safa/screen acting and film academy.  this company was originally established in 2012 as the UK Screen Acting Academy Ltd an organisation designed by julie mcgowan to provide actors from beginners to professionals with the opportunity, training and tools to enable all students the ability to pursue a career in acting for film and television.  safa now has actors in major feature films and tv shows and continues to provide a service that gives all actors the opportunity to pursue a career in acting. 

safa - where students become stars!

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. 

Our audition process is more about accessing your learning level to determine what class is best suited to you as opposed to refusing you entry.  Here at SAFA we teach from beginners to professional level.  We support and encourage anyone who is interested in learning acting for film and TV. 

OUR AUDITION PROCESS

We expect a lot from our actors, we have a fast turn around on scripts.  with projects/workshops being filmed as often as 4 weeks.  you will have to learn your lines, develop the script and film it.  no different from a working actor.

FAST TURN AROUND

We've already spoken about how we teach our actors to learn lines fast.  Learn their script so they are prepared for life as a working actor.  But we have to make clear, learning your lines is the first step to delivering something special on screen.

LEARN YOUR LINES

As a theatre actor there are many challenges.  You have to make sure you are projecting you performance to your audience.  You have to make sure that the audience see your performance on stage, even if they are sitting in the 200th row. 

DIFFERENT FROM THEATRE

We assess the actors learning levels and addapt the teaching approach to each level.  These levels are;

One - Intonation

Two - Motivation

Three - Character Development

Four - Beyond Character

FOUR LEVELS OF LEARNING

SAFA - Screen Acting and Film Academy.  Acting in Glasgow.