KIDS & TEENS
Our students have appeared in productions such as; Once Upon A Time, Neighbours, Home & Away, 13 Reason's Why, Liar, Liar Vampire, Winners & Losers, Animal Kingdom, I Frankenstein, Tomorrow When The War Began and Newton's Law. Our Kids and Teens classes are focused on facilitating a young actor's transition from beginner to professional screen actor, providing advice on the essential steps that lead to a successful career in the film business.
ABOUT THE CLASSES
Our Teens students have appeared in productions such as; Once Upon A Time, Neighbours, Home & Away, 13 Reason's Why, Liar, Liar Vampire, Winners & Losers, Animal Kingdom, I Frankenstein, Tomorrow When The War Began and Newton's Law.
We pride ourselves on providing a highly supportive and nurturing environment for Teens to explore the world of film and television acting, with our professionally experienced teachers.
CLASS TIMES: 10:00am - 4:00pm
CLASS DAY: Sundays*
*Excluding Public Holiday long weekends
SCHEDULE | 2019
3rd February - 31st March
28th April - 23rd June*
*No Class on 9th of June for Labour Day
21st July - 8th September
13th October - 1st December
TERM 1: EMOTIONS
EMOTIONS with John Orcsik
Expression of the emotions at will is one of the most powerful and important tools an actor can possess. You will be given exercises to help you with the expression of emotion; simply, sincerely, where you are entirely in control. This module is designed to help you understand the various emotions and what stimulates them, to find the keys to their expression. Our physiological technique at TAFTA is unique and not taught anywhere else and shuns the approach taken by the “method” and other pseudo-Stanislavskian exponents which can be psychologically damaging.
VARIOUS | EMOTIONS
John Orcsik is one of Australia's highest profile actors, writers and directors with a professional career spanning over 40 years in film & T.V. He has written, directed, and taught, sharing his insights into the film and television industry with students across Australia for over 20 years. John possesses an enviable wealth of practical experience that he is keen to share with his students.
TERM 2: GET SET
GET SET with Kym Valentine
Get Set will prepare you for the reality of what’s involved and what it takes for an actor to produce a successful appearance and increase your chances of being hired again for future work. This will help you:
Build a professional working “on set” reputation
Be relied upon to uphold a professional standard
Be dependable talent that is “easy to work with” and proudly represents the association with the network, program or agency they are working with
Be respected among industry professionals
Be prepared to deliver under pressure
ACTOR | GET SET
Kym Valentine has been working as an actor on Australian TV since she was 4-years old. With over 1000 episodes of Neighbours under her belt, across 20-years as Ramsay Street's beloved Libby Kennedy. When it comes to fast turn-around TV, Kym is an undeniable wealth of knowledge and industry know-how that any actor would be privileged to learn from. She teaches workshops, short-courses and offers private coaching at TAFTA Melbourne.
TERM 3: CAPTURE CHARACTER
CAPTURE CHARACTER with Jason Christou
Students will build an actor/director toolkit to aid in creating and capturing characters for the screen. Each class will combine scene analysis and practical exercises to:
Learn how to give and receive performance feedback
cultivate a healthy actor/director relationship
Create a complex scene character
Learn how to tell a screen story
Build on previous learning from Elite Teens
DIRECTOR, WRITER | CAPTURE CHARACTER
Writer-Director Jason Christou studied screenwriting at RMIT before training as a Director at the Victorian College of the Arts. Jason has been shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab three times and in 2018 was a finalist for his feature screenplay ‘Feud’. In 2018 Jason was a writer and script editor for series four of NBCU/Matchbox Pictures’ television series ‘Nowhere Boys’. Jason’s feature ‘Cell Job’ was shortlisted for the AWG/Open Channel Writers’ Competition, and TV project ‘Sons of September’ longlisted for the AWG Primetime TV Competition.
TERM 4: CONTENT CREATION
CONTENT CREATION with Tim Marshall & Claire Gazzo
In today's busy industry, actors no longer need to wait for work to come to them. More and more we are seeing actors create their own work, which then gets picked up by networks, Netflix and even successful YouTube productions. Now is the time for all budding actors to get some basic writing and content creating skills under their belt, so they are 100% prepared for the film & television industry of the future! In this module, you will learn how to write for your own performance, to be used in the creation of your showreel shoot.
Knowing how to create your own content will ensure that you will never be without acting work regardless of the climate of the film industry. This process will also provide you with an authentic ‘on set’ experience. Each student will be required to be a member of the crew for each film to experience the technical aspects of being on set and working in film and TV, you will learn about the roles required to put a production together directed by a respected, working film & TV director.
WRITER, DIRECTOR | Writing For Screen
Tim is a Director/Screenwriter and has been teaching Screenwriting at RMIT, Griffith University and JMC Academy for several years. He is currently in pre-production for his feature films; The Love Division and Followers as well as a comedy TV series titled Forever Alone, each funded and backed by Screen Australia.
Tim has won and entered several film festivals across the globe and has been touted as one of Australia's next big up-and-coming names to watch. TAFTA is very excited that he has offered to facilitate this course to help actors find their voice as content creators.