ACTING FOR FILM
Fall Semester Program 2020: September 4 – December 19, 2020
Year Program 2020-2021: September 4, 2020 - May 22, 2021
Spring Semester Program 2021: January 10 – May 22, 2021
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF
The Prague Film School Acting for Film Program offers an intensive, conservatory style curriculum instructing both the art and the craft of acting for the camera. While the vast majority of acting courses world-wide train students for theater, it’s actually screen acting that offers the bulk of career opportunities. It’s also screen acting that allows actors to engage with the largest audiences, across time and geography.
At Prague Film School, the Acting for Film Program helps actors recalibrate their performances for the screen and provides students the skills to embark on a successful career in film and television.
Students rigorously train in on-camera acting, voice, movement, acting theory and the business of acting. The program makes use of a variety of techniques ranging from Meisner‘s behaviour-based method, to technically oriented exercises designed to hone performances for camera.
The Film Acting Program works in tandem with the Filmmaking Program. Acting students have the opportunity to act in literally hundreds of student films that are shot throughout the year. By the end of the course, students will have ample footage for a reel.
Students in the course come from all over the world. This both enriches the course with a diverse palette of acting traditions and also provides students an invaluable network of international contacts to access upon graduating. The course is run in English.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?
• total immersion in film acting
• daily hands-on work in front of the camera
• a serious, international and professional learning environment
• an intensive curriculum that encompasses all aspects of acting
• material for a professional show reel
• acting work in a number of short films
• access to local casting directors, agents and small to big budget film productions
• the opportunity to write and act in your own film role
UNDERSTANDING FILM CRAFT
Acting is both an art and a craft. Film acting students will learn the specific skills that make up the craft of film acting as well as delve into the entire filmmaking process. Students will learn, for example, how the cinematographer’s shot sizes affect performance, how the sound crew's needs affects the actor’s vocal range and volume and how the actor can make interesting choices using the frame as a proscenium device.
WHY STUDY FILM ACTING IN PRAGUE?
The Acting for Film program at Prague Film School prepares actors to become technically skilled, versatile and marketable in the film industry. Not only is Prague a beautiful historic location with an active student life, but hundreds of international productions have been shot in the city including Bourne Identity, Van Helsing, The Illusionist, Casino Royale, Wanted, and Prince Caspian, to name a few. Prague Film School provides access to the top local casting agencies and directors and several students from the Prague Film School Acting for Film program have landed roles in big budget productions coming to town.
Equally importantly, run out of one of Europe's premier film schools, students will be acting in student film productions on a regular basis, building up practical experience and a professional product show reel.
HOW WILL THE PROGRAM HELP ACTORS ENTER THE INDUSTRY?
The department will provide:
• valuable contacts to a network of filmmakers including classmates and faculty at PFS
• career guidance
• effective courses in on-camera casting technique and actor marketing
• direct links to film productions in Prague
• most importantly, SKILLS