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New York Film Academy, Acting Instructors/Summer Staff

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Company

The New York Film Academy
Nick Rivera, high school program dir.

Production Description

Seeking acting instructors and staff for the New York Film Academy. Production states: "Since 1999, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has been running summer film and acting programs for high school students with great success. The school is taking special effort to create a supportive, healthy environment for students and staff alike. In this regard, we are searching for talented, positive-minded teachers to teach the following classes (both full and part-time positions are available): acting for film, voice, movement, scene study, technique, improvisation, monologue, audition technique, and stage combat. Classes emphasize the practical application of acting technique as applied to screen acting. Using a variety of techniques ranging from Stanislavski’s System to Meisner as starting points, students develop scenes and monologues for the camera. In conjunction with these classes, students participate in exercises aimed specifically at training the actor for the arduous requirements of acting on a film set."

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Program runs June 30-August 16 with potential permanent positions in the fall.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays: $30/hr. on up.

Auditions

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Courses

Acting for Film - New York City High School Program – Courses Hiring

• Acting for Film
Students learn the basics of film acting: calibrating performances based upon shot size and angle, hitting marks, emotional and physical continuity, and strength and imagination in acting choices. Students are assigned scenes from produced screenplays, which are then shot with a crew and edited together.

• Acting Technique
Acting teachers throughout the ages have developed many different techniques for teaching the craft to aspiring actors. Actors are often required to draw from many facets of their training to meet the demands of a role. This class draws from a range of techniques of the teacher’s choosing, which may include Meisner Technique, age-appropriate method exercises, and other variations on Stanislavski’s System. This eclectic approach helps actors best prepare for any role they are given to play.

• Scene Study
Working on scenes from published plays and screenplays allows actors to learn all of the basic concepts of approaching a scene: defining objectives, breaking the scene down into beats, understanding the arc, pursuing an objective, playing actions, and working to overcome obstacles.

• Monologue
Screenplays often incorporate monologues into their dramatic structures, but more importantly actors must 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.

• Movement
An actor’s movement is an important tool to convey emotions and nuances of a character personality. Movement classes, in addition to expanding body flexibility and developing the actor’s ability to relax and tense when needed, focus on breaking down inhibitions, building ensemble spirit, and providing the necessary tools to bring physical dimension to all of his or her roles.

• Voice
Students learn how to nurture and control their voices by exercising various resonators and muscles, which enables them to release emotional impulses. In addition to breath work, classes focus on singing, relaxation, phrasing, and posture as a way of supporting and developing the actor’s instrument.

• Improvisation
The ability to improvise can never be underestimated, especially on camera where there is often very little rehearsal. Through games and exercises, students learn how to let their imaginations run free, how to play well with others, and how to live "in the moment"—free from anticipating or planning what to do next.

• Audition Technique
Class focuses on making strong acting choices with little or no preparation as well as bringing your "best self" to the audition room. Other topics may include preparing a resume, selecting a headshot, and pursuing a career. Casting sessions may be held with NYFA Filmmaking students to give students an opportunity to participate in ‘live’ auditions.

• Stage Combat
How can students be brought through an inspiring but safe series of lessons on basic stage combat technique? A supplementary class to our curriculum, students are introduced to such foundation concepts as proper falling technique, visual communication methods, etc..