Continuous Skills

CONTINUOUS SKILLS are for seasoned actors who have completed all  levels and
want to keep up with all new techniques and skills

ACTING WITH FERN AND WAYNE NICHOLSON

Students work with original and published material through an application of various acting methods. Scenes are extensively rehearsed, performed and redirected. Students receive critiques and adjustments from the lecturer along with other students.

Students use the techniques based on the works of Strasberg, Adler, Meisner and Guskin. Scenes are broken down taking particular notice of emotional transitions. Working with moment to moment to enhance and express “the characters reality”. Students will learn to write historical backgrounds for each character including physical attributes which will includes: a character biography, description of the dramatic arc, as well as how environment impacts the character’s overall objective.

Classes encourage students to break down physical and internal inhibitions, and help each student find the most effective personal sources for the creation of truthful characters. Students should be prepared to work at times in the area of Personal Development to assist them with “self-learning. Relaxation methods such as meditation and kinesiology will also be used as part of this process.

Cameras (video and still) may be used during classes.

Monologues are often used for auditions however it’s uses extend to much larger screenplays. It is important that actors learn the self-discipline to work individually, without relying on a scene partner for inspiration. Techniques include: choosing monologues that are truthful, meaningful, and revealing, performing script analysis on monologues, staging and directing oneself, and developing both outer and inner focal points.

Many acting teachers throughout the ages have developed various forms and techniques for teaching the craft to aspiring actors. Since actors oftentimes are required to draw from their many facets of their training to meet the demands of a role or a director, this class teaches a range of techniques so that actors can be best prepared for any role they are given to play.

It is just as important for actors to know on-set protocol and blocking. How do we immerse in a character, absorb the lines, keep aware of where they are AND know where to stand whilst playing particular scenes. How do actors deliver whilst following these precise marks and at the same time deliver take after take. More than often you are also being directed and re-directed using various adjustments in either performance and/or the scene is re-blocked.

VOICE & MOVEMENT

In this class, students are taught a repertoire of exercises that increase mental and physical awareness, improve body alignment, and stimulate natural, reflexive breathing. Students study how to open channels in the body that control the vibrations, resonance, and range of the human voice. The class directs the actor’s attention towards the body as an instrument of expression. Students train in uncovering and developing natural movement, and learn how to overcome inhibitions.

IMPROVISATION

Building on the skills of Improvisation. Through these exercises the actor learns to use free association and learn to connect with the “freedom” of the character.

APPLICATION IS SCREENED AND PROCESSED BEFORE ENROLMENT

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, flexible and self-disciplined. The intensive nature of this course requires a mature, positive attitude and an openness and willingness to learn. The film industry is very demanding and highly one of the most competitive in the world today. Nicholsons Academy of Screen Acting asks that students take full responsibility for their own progress and development. It requires a full commitment in all aspects of the course including attendance, punctuality, participation, preparation and performance.