The perfect compliment to your curriculum!
Actor training at the high school, conservatory and collegiate levels has long been focused on theatre acting. While a degree is essential and the experience unparalleled, the majority of theatre-trained actors are bereft of the skills needed to pursue a film career. The Actors Ensemble believes that all performing artists must be exposed to the detail, discipline and rigor of screen acting. Those who decide to jump headfirst into the choppy waters of becoming a screen actor will fail without a solid foundation. Possessing a trusted skill-set in conjunction with talent, breed’s confidence... priceless to all artists!
The fundamental goal of an actor is to locate,
nurture and apply a trusted, personal technique.
The Actors Ensemble Workshop focuses on mainstream acting theories and how they apply to the camera. By immersing each student on both sides of the camera in a live-set environment, exposing them to the stylish and technical demands of on-camera performance, participants can fully comprehend their role in creating film/television content. However vast and persistent the acting revolution is, more opportunity for work is born from the new demands of the industry.
WHAT WE TEACH
In the workshop, students will:
Familiarize themselves with correct jargon to engage the Director, DP, etc. and adapt to their performance.
Understand the many jobs of the crew, the equipment they utilize, and how they affect your performance.
Mold skill-set in scene analysis to fit the stylistic demands of film and television.
Examine the environment (of the text) and know how to affect the intimacy, presence and energy of the character visually and audibly.
Experiment with camera and character blocking.
Choose specific, physical behavior based on script analysis within the frame they are operating in.
Understand the moment-to-moment emotional needs of the other character(s).
Sharpen their awareness of dynamic elements on set (characters/background/props, etc.) and apply them to benefit their performance.
Watch playback of their work, assess the successes and failures, develop proper adjustments then apply and commit the direction.
Gain a thorough understanding of the business aspects as applied to the modern actor.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our workshop was developed from decades of experience training and teaching in conservatories and BFA/MFA programs across the country. “Reel” content is nearly equal in value to headshots and resumes now.
We shoot HiDef, pro-digital film and can supply edited footage for their reel.
It was an extraordinary experience having Bob visit The New School for Drama with his On-Camera Intensive Workshop! I am always looking for accessible professionals who are leaders in the field to help our students transition into the industry, and Bob is exactly who I was looking for. His extensive background in front of and behind the camera, along with his insights, advice, honesty, and enthusiasm, truly de-mystified the entire process.
The work was thorough, intense, and well crafted, and the students responded tremendously to his approachability and professional demeanor. The experience not only taught the students new material, but also built upon existing strengths, and re-energized them and renewed their commitment to their work. It is too often that this business is branded 'selfish' so it is refreshing to see Bob's talent and generosity prove this misconception incorrect! I can't wait until we have him back!!
THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA
Director of Professional Development & External relations
We were delighted that Bob was able to come to London and teach a weeklong workshop at the Actors Centre. His energy, passion and commitment to empowering actors had a resounding impact on those lucky enough to work with him.
THE ACTORS CENTRE, LONDON
Creative Programme Director
As someone with little to no film experience, I found Bob's workshop to be one of the best acting for film workshops I have taken. I feel like I have a better practical understanding of what to expect on a set and what will be required of me as an actor.
THE NEW SCHOOL, NYC
3rd year MFA
I was camera operator on an On-Camera Workshop Bob hosted in London, and I can say the training that he gives is very impressive. The main focus he teaches allows each to inhabit the character and truthful behavior. When we came to shooting scenes, he cast extremely well, and this also involved the actors to push themselves.
Bob creates a very fun environment, and when it comes to shooting, concentration and professionalism is still maintained. I have camera operated for hundreds of acting classes and film and TV castings, and I would say Bob absolutely nails it.
Bob's class gave me a real sense of working on set. His focus is on getting
actors comfortable with the world of film and how to bring our individual process to the medium. I took away a stronger sense of what kind of actor I can be on screen and what tools I can utilize to get me there.
THE NEW SCHOOL, NYC
MFA Graduate Student
Taking part in The Actors Ensemble On-Camera Workshop with Bob Goodman changed the way I look at film. Not only did I learn valuable lessons in acting for the camera, but I also learned firsthand the duties and responsibilities of other people on set. Bob made the experience fun while creating a safe environment to work.
MEGHAN VAN ARSDALEN
THE NEW SCHOOL, NYC
In a 4 day workshop with The Actors Ensemble Workshop, a fine group of Portuguese actors had the opportunity to learn many helpful advises in how to act in front of a camera. Bob Goodman is not just lecturing, he focuses on getting to work, stressing actions, being available while spending most of the time filming. We worked on both sides of the camera, making it possible for specific teachings geared for each student according to their individual needs.
Bob can see through you; he can help you from where you are to where you want to go via his energetic, entertaining and invaluable teaching skills...he serves my work and me. On top of that he brings a very efficient crew that films and edits all the material.
RESTART INSTITUTE, LISBON, PORTUGAL