Film/TV


Throughout the year Rogues West provides actors a myriad of film classes: From Audition Techniques to Character Arc and Story Structure to incorporating the Meisner Technique to the film medium, our instruction is second to none in preparing actors to meet the professional demands of the film industry.

Watch some of the powerful work being done in our Core Film & Advanced Film Class to see for yourself!

Below are our 2017/2018 film classes. Check our class schedule to see sessional calendar offerings.

ADVANCED FILM Tuesdays 6-9pm

 

HERO’S JOURNEY Sept 12-Oct 17/2017

Films are shot out of sequence, yet it’s the actors’ job to create a consistent emotional trajectory for their character. Working from complete screenplays, actors navigate story structure, character arc and archetype through applying Joseph Campbell’s seminal work, The Hero’s Journey. Actors will present their scenes on camera each week.

 

PILOT PREP  Oct 31-Dec 5/17 & Jan 9-Feb 13/18

Pilot Prep offers actors the rare opportunity to audition for original roles. Whether it’s a Lead, Series Regular or Recurring role, Pilot Season often demands that the actor prepare 2 or more scenes per role. This six – week course challenges actors to create compelling characters and execute their auditions within the demands of the professional industry standard.

 

COLD READ TO CHARACTER Feb 27-Apr 3/2018

This advanced class focuses on two components: Weeks 1-3 actors work on Cold-Read scenes, trusting their hit of the scene, working instinctively and moment to unanticipated moment. Weeks 4-6 actors will evolve their scenes through fleshing out character, conflict, relationship and environment – audition style. Scene playback and review in weeks 4-6.

 

REVOLUTION OF CHARACTER May 1-June 5/2018

The character of Walter White in the series Breaking Bad was described as “Mr. Chips becomes Scarface.” This six-week course challenges actors to create compelling characters from Who they are being to Who they are becoming.  Be it a series, feature film or mini-series, auditioning for these roles demands that actors create authentic characters and bring them into the audition room. Material is chosen specific to each actor.

 

SUBTEXT: POTENT PERFORMANCE June 19-July 24/2018

Filmic performance is not about being “smaller” – it’s about being more potent! Get the leading edge both in the audition room and on-set through understanding and applying the power of subtext to the material. Actors receive new scenes each week that focus specifically on what lives underneath the text. Work is recorded for playback and review. Class is limited to 12.

 

 

ESSENTIAL FILM Wednesdays 6-9pm

AUDITION PREP, EXECUTION & CONSISTENCY Sept 13-Oct 18/2017

This six-week class runs the gamut of what auditions can throw at actors. Working from a range of material, this class empowers the actor in bringing their personal signature to the work: Actors are challenged to create performances that are honest, authentic and fearless. All work is recorded and scenes are played back for review.

 

DEMO TAPE – THE ACTOR’S TOOLKIT Nov 1-Dec 6/2017

“Agents and Casting Directors need to see actors work, and personal demo-tapes is the best way to do that.”-Lyla Rock, Agent. Reinforce your tool kit by working on material specifically selected to amplify your unique marketability. Your demo-tape is comprised of your two strongest, contrasting scenes from the 6 scenes that are personally chosen for you, and will be edited into a professional format for an agent’s consideration.

 

AUDITION TECHNIQUE & REVIEW Jan 10-Feb 14/2018

Hone your audition chops through specific film and television techniques that consistently create strong performances where they count the most – the Casting Room. Each week actors will work on challenging new material, Audition-style, followed by scene playback and review.

ESSENTIAL FILM continued:

 

TAKING DIRECTION Feb 28-Apr 4/2018

Taking direction on demand is crucial to an actor’s success both in the casting room and on-set. This class challenges actors to bring their best work forward while being flexible enough to pivot, veer and change course instantly. Actors work from new scenes every week.

 

HERO’S JOURNEY May 2-June 6/2018

Films are shot out of sequence, yet it’s the actors’ job to create a consistent emotional trajectory for their character. Working from complete screenplays, actors navigate story structure, character arc and archetype through applying Joseph Campbell’s seminal work, The Hero’s Journey. Actors will present their scenes on camera each week.

 

AUDITIONING YOUR PERSONAL BEST June 20-July 25/2018

This six-week class runs the gamut of what auditions can throw at actors. Working from a range of material, this class empowers the actor in bringing their personal signature to the work: Actors are challenged to create performances that are honest, authentic and fearless. Work is recorded for playback and review. Class is limited to 12.

 

 

CORE FILM  Saturdays 10-1pm

 

CORE FILM

Sept 16-Oct 21/2017

Nov 4-Dec 9/2017

May 5-June 9/2018

Breaking into the film industry is 100% dependent on the actor’s ability in the Casting Room. Mastering the smaller roles lead to larger roles and build relationships with Casting Directors while expanding your resume. Master your audition technique by working on material relevant to your demographic in Vancouver’s market and recognize your competitive edge with veteran actor, Glynis Davies.

 

SCENE STUDY ON FILM

Jan 13-Feb 17/2018

June 23-July 28/2018

Understand the dynamics of on set performance. Veteran actor Glynis Davies will guide you through the intricacies of working with the camera.  Know the difference between acting in a wide shot vs. a close-up, break a scene down in terms of camera set-ups and continuity, keep your performance fresh from take-to-take, work with direction and apply adjustments to your performance for the purposes of editing.

 

MONOLOGUES ON FILM – AUTHENTIC CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Mar 3-Apr 7/2018

Plumb the depths of what creates a compelling character on film. Working from monologues, actors mine the inner, outer and often secret life of character to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques that create authentically human characters.