PROGRAMS

Our Full-Time and Part-Time Screen Acting Programs are dedicated courses designed to give you the tools you need to work professionally as an actor. You will study in a range of areas aimed at helping you understand the film industry in depth and prepare you to work at the level of a professional screen actor.

 

FULL-TIME PROGRAM

CONTENT STRUCTURE

CLASS TIMES: 10:00am - 5:00pm

 

CLASS DAYS: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays*

*Some variation depending on teacher availablility

MELBOURNE 2020
 

SEMESTER 1 2020 (IN PROGRESS)
Orientation: 31st January 2020
First Class: 4th February 2020

Last Class: 12th July 2020

 

SEMESTER 2 2020 (AUDITIONS OPEN NOW)

Orientation: July TBC
First Class: TBC

Last Class: TBC

Break: Late September/Early October

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOCK 1: FOUNDATIONS OF SCREEN

WEEKS 1 - 9

 

SCREEN UNDERSTANDING & CHARACTER FOR SCREEN

This module deals with the all of the foundation elements of screen acting, giving you a clear understanding of the screen. The emphasis is not only on the visual concepts of performance but will include techniques for listening, sensing, reacting and the subsequent releasing of emotional responses. This element will teach the screen actor about working the frame, using their body and facial expression to maximise presence on screen. These elements are crucial for all actors to understand and apply to their screen performance. 
 

VOICE

The screen requires an even greater vocal range and more subtle technique than the stage. You will learn about tone, resonance, strength and range and that mastering these is as necessary on screen as they are on stage. This is a crucial foundational element to a great on-screen performance. Adapting the voice to the frame size can be critical. These days we need more than just GenAm and so we’ve now introduced some RP (Received Pronunciation) skills as well.

 

AUDITION IMPACT

The audition performance can differ vastly from what might be the final performance once you’ve got the role when you are working with a director and other actors involved. This module is about making an impact, making you the only choice for the job. The choices you make impact on every single moment of the scene. We will consider approaches through intensity, pace, emotion, truth and character. We will also focus on cold reads – the problems they pose, how to solve them and how to reach performance level in a very short time.

 

EMOTIONS 1

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.

 

 

BLOCK 2: EXTENDING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

WEEKS 10 - 15

 

US ACCENT

For those hoping to work in the US market, mastering the General American accent is vital. You will have specialist coaching from a US accent teacher to help perfect it, from the basic structural elements of language in the mouth to encompassing some cultural characteristics that will authenticate the accent. Culture both general and locally specific are great influences on behaviour. These will be included in your Accent study.

 

MOVEMENT

As actors, our most important instrument is our body. Movement classes will help you embody your emotions, thoughts and character, training the body to express emotions at conscious will instead of as an unconscious process. You will also learn about body language and facial expressions.

We will help you to understand and be able to create a character for the screen based on your particular and individual personality. Learn about archetypes, behaviours, physical traits, social status, body language, character image, energy centre and the fine details.

 

TV SERIAL

Here we deal with the special nature and requirements of television serial drama. Learn the techniques required to deliver a successful television serial performance which differs greatly from the ‘cinema’ performance or the ‘episodic TV’ performance. We look at contrivance, induced energy, character behaviour in a single episode vs character behaviour over the “six-week arc”, overwritten dialogue and inconsistencies and emotional immediacy. 

 

SCENE STUDY

Once you've covered the basics of understanding acting for screen, scene study will begin to take you through the necessities of deconstructing a scene and how you individually work on screen. Scene study will take you through some extended elements of performing a scene including: improvising on camera, analysing a script, working with wants and opinions and attitudes, extended character work, finding truth within the scene, scene preparation, clearing bad habits on screen, and developing a list of skills to work on in front of the camera.

 

BRANDING & THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

You will be given insights into how the industry works including how to get work, what to expect when you do, how to structure your CV, the best way to present headshots and showreels, and what is required to work in this demanding industry. We will also assist with branding and what this means for you as an actor.

 

 

BLOCK 3: MASTERING YOUR CRAFT

WEEKS 16 - 19

 

ADVANCED SCENE-WORK

What came first - the story or the character? The truth is that they both unfold and evolve at the same time. In Advanced Scenework the actors and director work together to produce what might be the final performance. After focusing on screen-tests, audition performance and technique, Advanced Scenework looks at the scene from the requirements of the actual text. In other words, we note the context in which to play the scene combining emotions, character traits and behaviours as indicated by the text itself and experimenting with the liberties that might be taken. It is important at this stage to understand the narrative of the story and consider that every little thing we do or say has weight.

 

FRAME BY FRAME

This module compels the actor to discover and implement the performance within the given frames, driven by the possibilities offered by the space and understand the limitations and possibilities of performance within that frame. Students will tackle performance from the Director's perspective regarding the emotions, character traits and behaviours as indicated by the Director’s interpretation of the text. In Frame by Frame the actors and director work together to produce what might be the final performance in either a single or multi-cam shoot.

 

EMOTIONS 2

Emotions 2 is the essential next step to Emotions 1. After learning the key to all the basic emotions, Emotions 2 will take you through exploration and combination of the emotions in a scene. This will allow you to find differentiating elements through interesting and unusual combinations of the basic emotions. 

 

WRITING FOR SCREEN

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.

 

 

BLOCK 4: IN PERFORMANCE

WEEKS 20 - 23

 

SHOWREEL/CONTENT CREATION

The final block of your program will be focused on providing you with content to share with agents and the industry post-study. This will be your showreel. TAFTA's professional teachers who are working screenwriters, producers and directors will guide you through each step of this process to make sure that you create a piece of film work that you are proud of, and that you can expand upon after you graduate. 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.

 

Once the showreels are edit, they will be sent out to agents. This is an opportunity for you to potentially get representation. The TAFTA Graduates will be guided through the process of acquiring representation. Representation cannot be guaranteed, however, many TAFTA graduates have been successful at securing an agent both here in Australia and also in America. 

You will be provided with appropriate formats of your showreel that can be uploaded to Vimeo, Casting Networks & Showcast or your own website.

 

 

SHOWCASE / NATIONAL ACTORS INTENSIVE

 

During the final week of this program, you will perform a showcase to some of Australia's top Directors, Producers & Casting Directors. 
Over 3 days from 9am-11pm you will perform multiple scenes and be on your best behaviour/put your best foot forward in order to present yourself as one of Australia's newest actors.  
This final element is crucial for you to meet and get to know the people who you will be auditioning for and working with once you are represented by an agent and working in the Australian film industry. 

 

The showcase will run similarly to our casting director workshops, where you will perform a scene you have been given by the director/producer/casting director and you will have an opportunity to receive instant individual feedback. There will also be time for Q & A. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to begin building professional relationships with the big names in Casting who can help you go places. These relationships are lifelong for an actor, and it is up to you to make sure that you maintain these professional relationships throughout your career.  

 

In addition to showreels being sent out to agents, the showcase gives our full timers another opportunity to be seen by people in the biz. The outcome of this may be up to the actor to be proactive and follow up with building professional relationships after completing the program, with TAFTA's continued support.


All TAFTA graduates of this program will be guided through the process of acquiring representation. Representation cannot be guaranteed, however many TAFTA graduates have been successful at securing an agent both here in Australia and also in America. The outcome of this may be up to the actor to be proactive and follow up with building professional relationships after completing the program, with TAFTA's continued support.  


You will be provided with appropriate formats of your showreel that can be uploaded to Vimeo, Casting Networks &Showcast or your own website.

 

SYDNEY 2020

SEMESTER 1 2020 (AUDITIONS OPEN NOW)
Orientation: February TBC
First Class: TBC

Last Class: TBC

CONTENT HERE

MICK PRESTON

ACTOR | Screen Understanding & Character 

Mick Preston trained as an actor in New York, where he studied with the late Uta Hagen, including being personally invited by Ms Hagen to be one of only a handful of students to perform in her documentary. Check out Mick's extensive list of credits on IMDB, including Neighbours, City Homicide, Satisfaction, The Legend of Ben Hall, Godzilla and many more.

OUR MELBOURNE TEACHERS

JOHN PRESTON

VOICE COACH | Voice

John Preston is a NIDA graduate who built a successful acting career in Australia and overseas, before becoming a director and teacher. For the past 20 years, he has been a tenured member of the theatre arts staff at Swinburne University. He was a member of the original advisory panel at WAAPA, where he also taught, and also a member of the staff at the VCA School of Opera. John has worked with outstanding actors such as Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Lauren Bacall and Leo McKern. 

JOHN ORCSIK

VARIOUS | Emotions 1 & 2

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.

MATT FURLANI

VOICE COACH | US Accent

Matt Furlani is a Voice and Dialect coach, holding a Post Grad Diploma in Voice Studies and Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA). His work encompasses voice and dialect training for performers, corporate coaching and accent reduction work with international students at the University of Melbourne. He has facilitated dialect workshops at the Melbourne Actor's Lab, 16th Street and Screen Actors Australia, as well as ongoing private tuition.

MIKLOS GEREY

Movement

Miklós Gerey is our movement teacher here at TAFTA. He is highly certified as an Author, International Speaker, Accredited Goulding SleepTalk Consultant and trainer, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Dance and Movement Therapist and Body Language Expert. As an expert of Body Language he trains actors in expressive and confident body language. He also teaches presentation techniques for people with stage fright and trains actors in expressing and "generating" emotions through the body.

JAN RUSS

CASTING | TV Serial

Jan Russ began working as the casting director on Neighbours in 1985, casting the regular and guest roles throughout her time with the show. She is credited with discovering many of the show's stars who have gone on to forge international careers, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Jesse Spencer. Russ' casting talent has led her to be called "Australia's most enduring star-maker" and she later became the show's associate producer.

PAUL PARKER

ACTING COACH | Scene Study

Paul Parker is an international acting coach, offering courses and workshops each year in Los Angeles, New York and Japan. Paul has been teaching since 1990 and his students consistently gain acting roles in local and international productions. Paul's extensive resume can also be seen on his website: http://www.paulparkerpc.com.au.

JESS ORCSIK

VARIOUS | Branding & The Business of Acting

Jessica Orcsik is an actress, performer and producer featuring in stage, film and television productions for over 30 years. Jessica has trained with prestigious studios and coaches across the globe and has transferred that knowledge to TAFTA USA. Director of her own internationally acclaimed event/production company J.O. International Productions, Jessica is a leading facilitator for international careers for Australian performers and actors.

COLIN BUDDS

DIRECTOR | Frame By Frame

Colin Budds has directed film and television at the highest level for over 25 years locally and internationally. His career has encompassed many genres and classifications from award-winning television to Paramount movies. Along the way he has worked with many established actors from here to Hollywood and discovered many of today's rising stars on the set of shows like Home and Away, H2O Just Add Water, The Elephant Princess, The Saddle Club, Lightning Point, Neighbours and Prisoner.

TIM MARSHALL

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. 

MELBOURNE

SYDNEY

OUR SYDNEY TEACHERS

BLOCK 1: FOUNDATIONS OF SCREEN

WEEKS 1 - 9

 

SCREEN UNDERSTANDING & CHARACTER FOR SCREEN

This module deals with the all of the foundation elements of screen acting, giving you a clear understanding of the screen. The emphasis is not only on the visual concepts of performance but will include techniques for listening, sensing, reacting and the subsequent releasing of emotional responses. This element will teach the screen actor about working the frame, using their body and facial expression to maximise presence on screen. These elements are crucial for all actors to understand and apply to their screen performance. 
 

VOICE

The screen requires an even greater vocal range and more subtle technique than the stage. You will learn about tone, resonance, strength and range and that mastering these is as necessary on screen as they are on stage. This is a crucial foundational element to a great on-screen performance. Adapting the voice to the frame size can be critical. These days we need more than just GenAm and so we’ve now introduced some RP (Received Pronunciation) skills as well.

 

AUDITION IMPACT

The audition performance can differ vastly from what might be the final performance once you’ve got the role when you are working with a director and other actors involved. This module is about making an impact, making you the only choice for the job. The choices you make impact on every single moment of the scene. We will consider approaches through intensity, pace, emotion, truth and character. We will also focus on cold reads – the problems they pose, how to solve them and how to reach performance level in a very short time.

 

EMOTIONS 1

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.

 

 

BLOCK 2: EXTENDING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

WEEKS 10 - 15

 

US ACCENT

For those hoping to work in the US market, mastering the General American accent is vital. You will have specialist coaching from a US accent teacher to help perfect it, from the basic structural elements of language in the mouth to encompassing some cultural characteristics that will authenticate the accent. Culture both general and locally specific are great influences on behaviour. These will be included in your Accent study.

 

MOVEMENT

As actors, our most important instrument is our body. Movement classes will help you embody your emotions, thoughts and character, training the body to express emotions at conscious will instead of as an unconscious process. You will also learn about body language and facial expressions.

We will help you to understand and be able to create a character for the screen based on your particular and individual personality. Learn about archetypes, behaviours, physical traits, social status, body language, character image, energy centre and the fine details.

 

TV SERIAL

Here we deal with the special nature and requirements of television serial drama. Learn the techniques required to deliver a successful television serial performance which differs greatly from the ‘cinema’ performance or the ‘episodic TV’ performance. We look at contrivance, induced energy, character behaviour in a single episode vs character behaviour over the “six-week arc”, overwritten dialogue and inconsistencies and emotional immediacy. 

 

SCENE STUDY

Once you've covered the basics of understanding acting for screen, scene study will begin to take you through the necessities of deconstructing a scene and how you individually work on screen. Scene study will take you through some extended elements of performing a scene including: improvising on camera, analysing a script, working with wants and opinions and attitudes, extended character work, finding truth within the scene, scene preparation, clearing bad habits on screen, and developing a list of skills to work on in front of the camera.

 

BRANDING & THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

You will be given insights into how the industry works including how to get work, what to expect when you do, how to structure your CV, the best way to present headshots and showreels, and what is required to work in this demanding industry. We will also assist with branding and what this means for you as an actor.

 

 

BLOCK 3: MASTERING YOUR CRAFT

WEEKS 16 - 19

 

ADVANCED SCENE-WORK

What came first - the story or the character? The truth is that they both unfold and evolve at the same time. In Advanced Scenework the actors and director work together to produce what might be the final performance. After focusing on screen-tests, audition performance and technique, Advanced Scenework looks at the scene from the requirements of the actual text. In other words, we note the context in which to play the scene combining emotions, character traits and behaviours as indicated by the text itself and experimenting with the liberties that might be taken. It is important at this stage to understand the narrative of the story and consider that every little thing we do or say has weight.

 

FRAME BY FRAME

This module compels the actor to discover and implement the performance within the given frames, driven by the possibilities offered by the space and understand the limitations and possibilities of performance within that frame. Students will tackle performance from the Director's perspective regarding the emotions, character traits and behaviours as indicated by the Director’s interpretation of the text. In Frame by Frame the actors and director work together to produce what might be the final performance in either a single or multi-cam shoot.

 

EMOTIONS 2

Emotions 2 is the essential next step to Emotions 1. After learning the key to all the basic emotions, Emotions 2 will take you through exploration and combination of the emotions in a scene. This will allow you to find differentiating elements through interesting and unusual combinations of the basic emotions. 

 

WRITING FOR SCREEN

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.

 

 

BLOCK 4: IN PERFORMANCE

WEEKS 20 - 23

 

SHOWREEL/CONTENT CREATION

The final block of your program will be focused on providing you with content to share with agents and the industry post-study. This will be your showreel. TAFTA's professional teachers who are working screenwriters, producers and directors will guide you through each step of this process to make sure that you create a piece of film work that you are proud of, and that you can expand upon after you graduate. 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.

 

Once the showreels are edit, they will be sent out to agents. This is an opportunity for you to potentially get representation. The TAFTA Graduates will be guided through the process of acquiring representation. Representation cannot be guaranteed, however, many TAFTA graduates have been successful at securing an agent both here in Australia and also in America. 

You will be provided with appropriate formats of your showreel that can be uploaded to Vimeo, Casting Networks & Showcast or your own website.

 

 

SHOWCASE / NATIONAL ACTORS INTENSIVE

 

During the final week of this program, you will perform a showcase to some of Australia's top Directors, Producers & Casting Directors. 
Over 3 days from 9am-11pm you will perform multiple scenes and be on your best behaviour/put your best foot forward in order to present yourself as one of Australia's newest actors.  
This final element is crucial for you to meet and get to know the people who you will be auditioning for and working with once you are represented by an agent and working in the Australian film industry. 

 

The showcase will run similarly to our casting director workshops, where you will perform a scene you have been given by the director/producer/casting director and you will have an opportunity to receive instant individual feedback. There will also be time for Q & A. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to begin building professional relationships with the big names in Casting who can help you go places. These relationships are lifelong for an actor, and it is up to you to make sure that you maintain these professional relationships throughout your career.  

 

In addition to showreels being sent out to agents, the showcase gives our full timers another opportunity to be seen by people in the biz. The outcome of this may be up to the actor to be proactive and follow up with building professional relationships after completing the program, with TAFTA's continued support.


All TAFTA graduates of this program will be guided through the process of acquiring representation. Representation cannot be guaranteed, however many TAFTA graduates have been successful at securing an agent both here in Australia and also in America. The outcome of this may be up to the actor to be proactive and follow up with building professional relationships after completing the program, with TAFTA's continued support.  


You will be provided with appropriate formats of your showreel that can be uploaded to Vimeo, Casting Networks &Showcast or your own website.

 

JOHN ORCSIK

VARIOUS | Emotions 1 & 2

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.

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