Teenage Classes – for ages 12–17 (in high school)

May 2018 Weekend Workshop PROGRAM
Film and TV Showreel making course

Includes an Industry Forum discussion for interested students and parents
(to be held on the final day)

Includes showreel for those interested in having one

Dates and times:
Friday 4 May: 5pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 5 May: 11am – 4pm
Sunday 6 May: 11am – 4pm

(We will have lots of snack/drink breaks and a lunch time each day. Students need to bring their own snacks, drink botte and lunch. Unfortunately, we do not have a microwave so cold food is recommended).

Place: The Blackbox Theatre, 26 Sackville Street, Kew

For aspiring actors, and those who just want to have fun!! – All welcome

For aspiring young actors, this course is extremely useful. Drama With A Difference is the launching pad of many successful actors. Our students have appeared in major roles and major supporting roles, in international feature films, television series, and professional theatre. For a list of a selection of our students of note, and the films, television series and professional theatre shows our students have appeared in, see Students of Note.

This course is open to high school students who are interested in learning the techniques of Film and TV for whatever reason. The subjects and the way they will be taught and presented will be of enormous benefit to budding young actors, as well as those who simply want to have fun! During the course, students will engage in the following activities –

  • The making of what is known in the acting industry as a ‘Showreel’. This is a tool that actor’s use to present their work to the industry when seeking out an agent, or getting casting directors to know who they are.
  • This will be achieved by each student being given a scene and a monologue that contrast with one another – enabling the viewer to see different sides of the young actor’s ability.
  • Interested students can request to have the best moments of their scenes and monologues turned into a showreel by us. This would involve a process of editing your best work, formatting it into an MP3 player and uploading it to Vimeo for you. (This can be password protected). This will provide a link to your Showreel for any potential acting agents and casting consultants.
  • The above process will be explained to interested students at the final session.
  • Interested students (those who wish to pursue acting now) will also be given a sheet with the names and contacts of the most ethical agents that represent young actors, so that they can approach these agents and give them a link to their ‘Showreel’ online.
  • A ‘Showreel’ is an important tool for anyone wanting to become an actor, because usually be ‘better’ agents will want to see something of your ability before they take you onto their books for representation.
  • Even if your ‘Showreel’ does not result in you obtaining one of the ‘better’ agents, (sometimes they might have too many actors of your ‘type’ already on their books), you can still use your Showreel link to send to casting directors and represent yourself as an actor.
  • The difference between actor’s agents and casting directors will be explained in the final session of the workshop, where we will spend time explaining how the professional industry works to interested parties.
  • Most importantly, you will learn the various techniques of Film and TV and how various shots differ from each other.
  • You will have the chance to view your acting on a monitor and be given constructive, positive feedback on how to improve each time the scene and monologue is filmed.
  • This experience is extremely beneficial to young people, whether they wish to become actors or not. It is a great way to improve self-esteem and self-acceptance in young people.
  • The process enables all participants to view how they come across to others, and to have the pleasure of watching their work improve with each take and with feedback.
  • Therefore, this course is beneficial to young people who are seeking to improve self-esteem and confidence, as much as it is beneficial for those who want to be actors.
  • Students will also spend time in theatre improvisations – to be used as ‘warm-ups’, as filming all day can become extremely exhausting without a break in which to be spontaneous and simply have fun!
  • The course is a great way to make new friends, be creative and have fun!

Teachers

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

NB: Parents are invited to attend the class on the Sunday afternoon – time to be advised. We will have a discussion about how the industry works, and answer any questions you might have.

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

Teachers

TBA

Dates and times

Dates and times:
Friday 4 May: 5pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 5 May: 11am – 4pm
Sunday 6 May: 11am – 4pm

(We will have lots of snack/drink breaks and a lunch time each day. Students need to bring their own snacks, drink botte and lunch. Unfortunately, we do not have a microwave so cold food is recommended).

Total cost

$335.00 inc GST – includes showreel for those interested

There is a 50% non-refundable deposit required to secure a place on the course, and the balance is due in full prior to the start of the program.

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.