Screen acting: advanced

Course Dates: 19/04/21 - 24/05/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.

The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This intensive course will develop your skills and the discipline required to be ready to enter the real world of film and television acting. Using scene work and specialised exercises the course will increase your confidence and know-how, to feel ready and prepared when arriving on set.
Watch student testimonials: here.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Character creation and how to remain truthful within challenging circumstances.
Understanding and working within complex disciplines.
Line learning and speed line learning.
Nuances of genre performance.
Working with demanding material.
A look behind the camera so students can better understand why certain decisions are made and how that can affect the process as an actor.
‘Real world’ skills such as ‘pick ups’ and ‘ADR’.

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Remain at the top of your game regardless of obstacles you face on set.
Recognise and be able to deliver what is required of you to succeed in the real world of screen acting.
Remain confident and be the best version of yourself every time you tackle a new role.
Advance as a screen actor.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Previous experience required. You need to have completed Screen acting for beginners/improvers, or their equivalent, have an Acting Degree or have completed an accredited acting course..
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly.
• To read a script accurately.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In groups and pairs with scripts. Scenes will be worked, recorded and analysed with regular feedback.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You
are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Your tutor will advise if recordings may be made available via Google Classroom at the end of this course, subject to City Lit's privacy policies and current data regulations.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Scripts will be supplied.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue to improve your screen work on one of our advanced classes such as Auditioning and self-taping for TV and film; screen acting: masterclass or consider a course in Stanislavski or Advanced acting.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

If you want to learn the techniques of screen acting this is a good place to start.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
I attended both the beginners and improvers course, and I have to say this one went beyond any expectation. I had the chance to speak to professionals of the sector and ended up with some very useful material for my future career plans.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
I have already suggested this course to a friend of mine who wants to keep practising her acting skills. I told her that this course helped me get more confident and gave me some independence and that I've met lots of new people.
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Review by Dara Cura. / (Posted on 08/07/2019)
Do it! What you will take away will be invaluable and much more than you would expect. Very happy! Thank you Citylit
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Review by Jacqueline Quinn / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
Its awesome
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Review by Excellent!!!! / (Posted on 22/05/2019)
It's well worth it !
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Go for it if you like to be challenged and supported to try and try again and so learn what really goes on in the screen-acting business.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
I was reading these reviews months ago and have decided to attend this course, but yet not very sure that was the right choice. I have to confirm now for the ones that are in the same position as I was: you will definitely not regret it choosing this course. For me is a big 'Yes'. The teacher is amazing: she has a lot of experience in acting, teaching and coaching, but the most important is that she is able to bring all into the classroom. For every minute spent is something new earned/learned. Inspiring. The technician is a detail-oriented person and is helping a lot with everything. I am sad that ended so soon. There are a lot of courses around, but this is a really good one
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Review by Mia / (Posted on 19/12/2017)
The course is excellent and highly recommended for anyone looking to hone their screen acting skills. The tutor challenges as well as push you to put what you have learnt into practice. By the end of the course you will become a lot more confident in front of the camera. In addition to the above, the tutor’s knowledge and experience is second to none. If you are keen to develop your screen acting craft then this is the course for you.
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Review by PrestonP / (Posted on 06/11/2017)
I have just completed the Screen acting advanced (April to July) and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to gain knowledge and experience in this area. The tutor is great in helping you to fully understand what you need to learn in regards to being in front of a camera. She then gives you excellent feedback and direction which is a great help. The technician also helps and between the two of them, you learn so much. What I also liked was the honest feedback from them. Again it helped me a lot. You get given lots of very useful notes and tips you can keep so this alone is worth having!
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Review by GN / (Posted on 18/07/2017)
Scrupulously planned, this course is brilliant. The teacher is as passionate about her subject, and as experienced, as any you could hope to find. She is passionate, too, about us as her students, and she drives hard and imaginatively. I highly recommend this to you!
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Review by Penelope / (Posted on 26/04/2017)
Advanced screen acting is the best place around at the moment to learn about screen acting techniques and inner character development. The course takes an in depth and psychological approach to the mechanics of screen acting the pitfalls and the tools you need when your on a film shoot. I have used the techniques now on several locations films and commercials.
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Review by Trigger / (Posted on 08/12/2016)
If you're interested in doing any kind of television or film work the tutor's SCREEN ACTING ADVANCED classes are incredible. Her utter honesty, love and passion for acting is inspiring, allowing actors to feel safe and truly open up to discovery in her classes. The tutor cares deeply about acting and her students and it shows. I highly recommend this class and feel honoured to have worked with her!
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Review by Melly Liburd / (Posted on 05/12/2016)
A brilliant course which will equip you with the key skills necessary to act professionally before the camera. The tutor knows her stuff and teaches with passion and cares deeply about the progression of her students. I learnt an awful lot about acting in front of the camera. It was a steep learning curve but I am the better actor for it. I recommend this course unreservedly.
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Review by T. Graves / (Posted on 04/12/2016)
This is an excellent course. The tutor runs a tight ship. The studio is run as a professional studio would be. Deadlines are tight and you need to be prepared. She knows her stuff and one or two pointers have come in very useful in my screen acting work. The course gave me the confidence I needed to get back in front of the camera. Highly recommended.
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Review by Bantum / (Posted on 04/12/2016)
Tutor Biographies
Gary Grant

As an actor Gary has been a regular on British television since his debut role in Hollyoaks from 1999 to 2000. Various television roles followed, but he's probably best known for his two year stint as DC Paul Riley in ITV's The Bill. Various feature films were to follow along with various stage appearances including his role as Silver in the premiere run of Jim Cartwright’s acclaimed play ‘Hard Fruit’ at The Royal Court. Recent credits include co-leading Anders Banke's 'Enemy Lines' (2020), currently available on Sky Store and Apple TV, leading Cristian Solimeno’s acclaimed dark drama 'I made this for you' (2019) and appearing in international TV drama 'Giri Haji' (2019) for BBC 2 and Netflix. Upcoming films include 'Neil Monaghan's 'Election Night' which is due for release late 2020. Gary made his directorial debut with the multi-award winning ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ in 2010 and went on to direct feature film ‘Lighter’ for Solaris Productions. The awards for ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ include ‘Best film’ at the BAFTA hosted annual Film London awards, and ‘Best film’ at ‘The Okanagan International Film Festival’ in Canada.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: DRA023

Mon, eve, 19 Apr - 24 May '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

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