Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: Screen Acting

InstitutionBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Department Acting
Telephone 0117 9733535
Study type Taught


Course Overview This is a highly specialised course for experienced actors who wish to undergo professional training to refine their skills in screen work. The course focuses on exploring approaches to acting that are particularly suited to screen performance. You will have the opportunity to analyse notable theories and techniques of screen acting, and an understanding of theory will can then be integrated into practice. The technical aspects of screen acting will be introduced throughout the course, across a wide range of platforms and production contexts. You will experience industry standard ‘on-set’ conditions and will practice a high level of on-set protocol at all times. You will gain an insight and working knowledge of camera work, sound and editing. There is a particular emphasis on self-directed learning. You will learn industry requirements and protocols specific to the filming environment. This course will also teach you to identify and pursue opportunities for professional development and employment as a screen actor.

Theory meets Technique This course will give you the opportunity to analyse notable theories and techniques of screen acting including but not limited to: Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Meisner and Viewpoints. Successful graduates will be confident in analysing different scripts and genres and will be able to successfully prepare a text for performance. Working with a range of directors will mean graduates have experience of adapting performance to suit different approaches. Talks and masterclasses with industry professionals will aid your learning and help you to develop your abilities.

Industry ready Successful graduates will have developed a mastery of techniques that create and support the delivery of unique and assured performances on screen. You will grow your confidence as an independent artist ready for entry to the screen industry.

About the Structure of the Course As part of the Course you will typically study acting for the screen, voice, movement, screen combat, improvisation, script analysis, acting methodology, acting for motion capture, editing, self-taping, Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) and audition technique. You will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in a variety of screen performance scenarios including filmed and edited scenes for a public showing and inclusion in a showreel.

Overview From the outset you will be encouraged to develop and celebrate all that is unique about you. Each student will develop an understanding of what they particularly can offer the industry of screen acting. The course will encourage you to consider yourself as an independently thinking artist with the flexibility to work across performance media specialising in screen acting. The course will aim to help you understand the collaborative nature of screen production and you will learn how to problem solve and work autonomously as well as being a good ‘team player”. You will learn how to be a proactive and productive cast member. You will learn a rigour, a discipline and a resilience that will serve you well in a subjective and unpredictable field of work, in order to be able to sustain, develop and adapt to the needs of the profession. You will develop a curiosity and thirst for detailed research and knowledge and a proactive entrepreneurial approach to the job of acting. The systematic analysis of acting methodology will give you a theoretical underpinning for understanding which methods or best practices can be applied in certain circumstances to result in a specific performance. An understanding of theory will be integrated into practice and this rigorous exploration, interrogation and mastery of technique will enable each student to create a personalised toolkit.


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