Acting Course at Central School of Speech and Drama London

Anyway, the last couple of days at Central were really interesting – I actually found it quite challenging at first….film acting is so different to what I had been used to doing on stage and so toning everything down to a much subtler level took a while to get used to, but by the end of it I felt more comfortable in what I was doing. It was great to have the opportunity to actually work the camera/boom during other people’s scenes and how the technical side works as well.

On Thursday we shot a scene from ‘London to Brighton’ and worked on really close, intimate shots and talked in detail about character back stories, setting, relationships before we filmed. Then in the afternoon we had a class on audition technique in prep. for the next day’s audition; this involved sight-reading a piece and thinking about looking up when reading, quickly establishing a relationship between you and the other reader and how to break down a scene into sections (emotionally) quickly.

Friday, we shot our final scenes, again from the three different angles. This time, we had to think about emotional and physical continuity because we shot the second part of the scene first and then went back to the beginning which was interesting. In the afternoon, we had a mock audition with our tutors and another ‘reader’ marking us….this was really good to do because it meant putting into practise everything we’d learnt, but in an audition situation and so we were interviewed etc. first. The audition piece itself was taken from Star Wars (they’d done this on purpose as it’s such a bad script and therefore was really hard to make it appear natural – especially when there’s a speech about the Death Star and planets!) Anyway, we then watched them all back, and were given individual feedback.

It still took some getting used to, watching myself back on screen, but I’m really glad I got the opportunity to do so as it made me aware of how I am when I act and what’s good, what’s bad etc., and throughout the week there was lots of constructive individual feedback which was great as I now know what I need to work on.

After we’d finished on Friday, we had a q&a with Jonathon (the main tutor) about agents/drama school/the industry/equity etc. which was useful as it’s made me think about what I need to do over the next year with regards to working/management/joining spotlight etc.

Anyway, thank you so much for this – I’d never have been able to do the course otherwise and despite the slow start on the Monday, the course was really useful and to now have had some acting for camera experience as well as theatre experience is brilliant…just getting used to how it is or would be ‘on set’, on both sides of the camera was really good for us and so I’m really grateful.