from page to set

with Director Michael Nankin 

DATE & TIME

Wednesdays in February: February 5/12/19/26, 2020 5pm to 9pm

INSTRUCTORS
Michael Nankin I IMDB Profile
Matthew Harrison | IMDB Profile

A FOUR WEEK CLASS STUDYING ONE SCRIPT FROM PAGE TO PERFORMANCE

class description

Director/Exec Producer MICHAEL NANKIN (“Van Helsing”, “Hell On Wheels”, “Exorcist” ) guides actors through a FULL SCRIPT ANALYSIS working from one screenplay:

JP Miller's THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

The class starts from a reading, to analysis, to scenes on their feet - blocked, directed, and performed.

CLASS DESCRIPTION FROM DIRECTOR MICHAEL NANKIN:

The difference between a superficial performance and a rich, layered, dramatically sound performance is rarely the actor's ability to execute her ideas. A shallow performance comes from a shallow understanding of the script.

A good movie script is short and sparse -- a treasure map filled with clues to the interior life of the characters. In this workshop we will break the code -- going beyond the words to find the beating heart of the movie. Be prepared to dig deeper than you ever have.  Make yourself director-proof with your understanding of who you're playing and their relationship to the whole.

This class covers everything from the script's place in the world...to the tiniest of pauses.

The screen play will be sent to participants in advance of the class. Actors will be expected to be studied and familiar with the material. Week one the class will analyze the screenplay, theme, genre, context in  history, controlling ideas, structure, relationship to audience, and all other aspects of approaching story.  Key pivotal scenes will be assigned. 

Actors will come to class throughout the weeks prepared to be on their feet and ready to run the scenes they have been assigned.  

 

THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES is a 1962 drama film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller adapted from his own 1958 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. The movie features Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford and Jack Klugman.

 

BEWARE - there will be an enormous amount of homework. Actors will be teamed and will participate in group discussion and scene work. This workshop is an opportunity to go beyond the ONE SCENE constraints of weekly scene study class, and deeply dig into a FULL SCREENPLAY seeing how acting lives within the context of a whole story.

Week 1: Actors reading the full script and discussing / analyzing from both the director and actor point of view.

Week 2: Scenes from screenplay will be divided among the actors and rehearsed and discussed with both director and acting teacher.

Week 3:  Presentation of the scenes to class with notes and adjustments from director

Week 4: Viewing of the film and discussing the differences in approach between class and final product and discussion with director about approach to filming and blocking of scenes on camera.

PREREQUISITES
None - Just a professional work ethic and the desire to learn from the best

COST
$425 for 4-week class (not including Tax)

AUDIT­ING POL­ICY
Audi­ting is not available for this class

PAYMENT TYPES
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, PayPal

REGISTER YOUR SPOT
Please com­plete the form. Note that pay­ment is required to con­firm your reg­is­tra­tion. Registrations that do not follow throuh with a payment are not seen by administration,  When you com­plete the form and click ‘Complete Payment and Secure Registration’  you’ll be taken to our Pay­Pal form, but if you don’t have a Pay­Pal account you can use any major credit card.

Also note that reg­is­tra­tion in the class is final and pay­ments non refund­able as of 96 hours prior to the start date of the class, so make sure you let us know in writ­ing if you need to cancel!  There is a $50 processing fee for each cancellation.

 

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