Children’s Classes – for ages 7–12

March 2018 Film and TV showreel Weekend workshop

Dates – Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March 2018

Times – 10am – 4pm

Location – The Blackbox Theatre, 26 Sackville Street, Kew.

Parents are invited to attend the final hour (on Saturday 20 January at 3pm) of the workshop and for those who are interested, we will explain the process of assisting your child with obtaining professional Film and TV work through the use of the ‘Showreel’ they will have made, and a list of reputable casting consultants and children’s Acting Agents.

This course is suitable for children aged between 7 and 12 who are budding actors, as well as those who just want to have fun, in the following ways:

  • Budding young actors and will learn about Film and TV acting techniques.
  • Drama With A Difference is the launching pad of many successful actors, many who began as children. See a list of some of our Students of Note.
  • If your child is really keen on undertaking professional work as a child actor, we can send the monologue to you in advance, so that your child has time to memorise the piece prior to it being filmed * Please let us know if this is the case.
  • A ‘Showreel’ is an example of an actor’s work and an essential tool for anyone who wants to undertake professional acting. As children’s faces change so rapidly at this age, it is not necessary to have any more than one monologue for a child’s ‘Showreel’, and people in the industry understand this.
  • We will provide budding young actors with a list of casting consultants and agents who they can send a link to their ‘Showreel’ to.
  • For those parents who are interested in their child having a showreel for professional purposes, please let us know. We can arrange to put the best version of your monologue into an MP3 file, upload it to vimeo (which can be password protected), so that you will have a link to send prospective agents, and / or casting directors. We will be in touch with you once this is done.
  • We will explain the above process to interested children / parents in the final part of the course.
  • For children who have no desire to be actors at the moment, they will have fun learning about Film and TV acting and have the opportunity play around with scenes and improvisations on and off camera.
  • Not all of the processes will involve camera work, as this would be too taxing for this age group. We will also spend time with theatre games, creative play and improvisation off camera.
  • The above activities are all a means for establishing greater confidence and self-esteem.
  • We teach in a very nurturing environment that is welcome of all levels of ability.

Format of the Workshop

Saturday 17 March

  • 10am – 10.45am – Theatre games and improvisation.
  • 10.45am – 11am – Snack / Drink break.
  • 11am – 12pm – Filming of some self-made scenes
  • 12pm – 12.30pm – Lunch time.
  • 12.30pm – 12.45pm – Watching back self-made scenes. Introduction of monologues.
  • 12.45pm – 1pm – Snack / Drink time.
  • 1pm – 2pm – Filming of monologues and feedback – Watching back the scenes on a monitor and giving positive, constructive feedback and teaching further Film and TV acting techniques.
  • 2pm – 2.15pm – Snack / Drink break.
  • 2.15pm – 2.45pm – Further filming and feedback on monologues and discussing fun ways to improve them.
  • 2.45pm – 3pm – Snack/ Drink break.
  • 3pm – 4pm – Mixture of theatre, improvisation games and Film and TV games.

Sunday 18 March

  • 10am – 10.45am – Theatre games and improvisation. Getting to know you games.
  • 10.45am – 11am – Snack / Drink break
  • 11am – 12pm – Filming of fun theatere improvisations and looking back at them in terms of improvement - Always with the discussion of various Film and TV techniques to be learnt.
  • 12pm – 12.30pm – Lunch time
  • 12.30pm – 12.45pm – Filming and perfecting of monologues and watching them back – Discussions of various Film and TV techniques.
  • 12.45pm – 1pm – Snack / Drink time.
  • 1pm – 2pm – Filming of monologues and feedback – Watching back the scenes on a monitor and giving positive, constructive feedback and teaching further Film and TV acting techniques.
  • 2pm – 2.15pm – Snack / Drink break
  • 2.15pm – 2.45pm – Further filming and feedback on monologues to create ‘final product’ – or, the best version of the monologue on film that is possible.
  • 2.45pm – 3pm – Snack/ Drink break
  • 3pm – 4pm – Parents are invited to come and watch the final product of the monologues on a monitor. We will also have a short discussion on how the professional industry works, and for those who are interested, we will hand out lists of ethical agents and casting consultants.

Teacher/s

This course will be taught by actor/teachers who have extensive experience in Film and TV and who are also experienced in working with children of this age-group. The owner of the school, Michele Williams will be present to answer questions from parents at the end of the workshop, and will also be present at various teaching sessions. Michele has a long history of having worked in Film and TV as an actor, and also on the industry side of the business. During the late 1990’s she managed the Young Actors’ Section of one of Australia’s leading Acting Agencies, and still has contact with most of Melbourne’s casting agencies who email on a regular basis when looking for children to cast in Film and TV. Although no longer working as an agent herself, Michele nevertheless has wonderful relationships with Melbourne’s current leading children’s Acting Agencies. Although the school cannot guarantee that any agent will choose to represent your child (this is often dependent on what kind of actors the agency already has; they do not want an overabundance of one ‘type’), they do tend to look at applications from Drama With A Difference students seriously.

Venue

KEW (PRESHIL, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School )

Please note that this program is conducted at our Kew venue:
Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School – Blackbox Theatre, 26 Sackville Street, Kew – on the corner of Daniell Place (Senior Campus). VIEW MAP

Teacher

Mark Wilson and Michele Williams

Dates and times

See full details above

Cost

$285.00 inc GST – includes showreel, if desired

Fee is payable in full and in advance. A 50% deposit is required in order to secure a place on the course.

Bookings

Online via the Bookings page. When we have received your booking, we will get back to you with payment details.

Terms and conditions

There are NO REFUNDS for missed sessions, regardless of the circumstances. Thank you for your co-operation in this.