We understand that screen acting now offers the bulk of career opportunities for actors. That’s why auditioning for camera has become the norm for actors today.
As an actor, you need to be able to do your best work in an audition environment. Yet one of the biggest training challenges you may face is lack of exposure to its unique demands. Our On Camera Audition Workshop takes an intensive, practical ‘nuts and bolts’ approach to gaining on-camera experience so you can make your next audition as successful as possible.
This class is limited to 10 students.
What you will learn
This intensive workshop recreates the typical conditions you will experience as an actor during an on-camera audition – teaching the skills you need to act effectively when the camera is on you. You will then be able to practise those skills and receive feedback on your auditioning technique.
Topics covered include:
– Cold reading techniques
– Script analysis techniques
– Interacting with the camera
– Self-presentation for on-camera auditions
Structure and duration
This intensive, five-day workshop will give you the opportunity to develop skills in some of the fundamentals techniques that actors use when auditioning for camera. This is a hands-on, as well as on-your-feet, workshop. We will film you practising then watch the footage together as a class. This course compliments our From Bone to Breath to Gesture Workshop and drop-in labs.
Day 1: Basic terminology – The difference between shots, shot sizes, camera angles and movements – and how this impacts the actor
Day 2: Cold Reading – Learn to read scripts aloud with little or no rehearsal. Understanding how to make the right choices, bringing out the intent mood and characterisation. Being filmed and analysing performances
Day 3: Being directed for camera – Taking instructions and finding camera. How to handle complex directions and make the necessary adjustments, and how to analyse scripts quickly and make necessary adjustments efficiently
Day 4: Audition preparation class – How to prepare for an on-camera audition. Using pre-prepared scripts and sides
Day 5: Audition Performance Class – We simulate an audition-style environment and prepare you for the diverse requirements of auditions. You will learn how to stay calm and focus during difficult sequences and uncomfortable tasks. You will also be given feedback (which you will not get in 99% of audition cases) and we will work on your weaknesses and build your strengths
Level and requirements
The course is suitable for new students who have not previously taken an on-camera intensive at ELADA. The intensive workshop is a prerequisite for students interested in enrolling in an on going, on-camera audition class.
Places are limited to ten students, so that each participant can benefit from plenty of personal camera time.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit – and fluent in English. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What to bring with you
– Comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely
About your tutor
Behsat Ahmet is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, practitioner and dramaturge with a strong reputation for creating live performance across diverse media on both sides of the Atlantic. His practice spans theatre, actor training, dance, and somatic movement practices, scenography and authoring for intermedial theatre productions.
Behsat gained an MFA in Actor Training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also has an MSc [in Dance Science] from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and studied acting for camera in New York City. Behsat currently teaches theatre practice at Kingston University.