WORKSHOP #1: June 28 to July 2, 2013 (inclusive) - CLOSED
WORKSHOP #2: July 12 to July 16, 2013 (inclusive) - OPEN
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
We are delighted to announce the return of this 5-day intensive workshop with award-winning director Robert Marchand, Australia's leading authority on Mike Leigh’s famous process which empowers actors and directors everywhere. This will be the only appearance of this workshop in South Australia this year!
The workshop is a practical investigation of techniques used by Mike Leigh; participants will be involved in the impro processes from the inside, acquiring direct, first hand knowledge by taking part in progressive character and scene building exercises. This is unique and very powerful learning for any actor or director.
Mike Leigh's process is an exciting and refreshing way to create drama, it also has benefits for actors and directors across all aspects of film-making.
For Actors, it can help in:
- Adding depth and complexity to performances
- Accessing spontaneity
- Ownership of character
- improving communication with the Director
- New perspective on texts
- Assisting with preparation for auditions
- Re-affirmation of the actor as artist
For Directors, the workshop demonstrates how to:
- Finesse Performance
- Improve communication between actor, and also writer
- Use a new approach to script development
- Make use of improvisations that really deliver
- Add detail to existing scripted material
- Explore the unexpected
- Control the seemingly uncontrollable in rehearsals
- Get the most from auditions
"What this workshop does is to take the process apart and examine each stage one by one. It is my belief that just about every aspect of character-based improvisations has value for the director and actor – whether working on a conventional film (i.e., with a script) or exploring the possibilities of a story concept. It doesn't apply exclusively to improvised work. Directors and actors take home immensely useful tools to apply to their own projects."
Robert Marchand, Workshop Director
Mike Leigh’s films are a byword in great acting. They capture the small moments and details in characters lives while still providing compelling drama. Leigh’s career spans 40 years and includes Another Year, Happy-go-lucky, Vera Drake, Secrets and Lies, Naked and Meantime as well as an impressive body of TV plays going back to the early 70's.
Robert Marchand is a director and writer who has specialised in filmed drama with an emphasis on performance and character. His credits include The Potato Factory, Sun On The Stubble, Come In Spinner, Kangaroo Palace and Fields Of Fire.
Robert is a graduate of AFTRS and his degree paper investigated the Mike Leigh improvisation method (working with actors over a three month period). He subsequently attended workshops conducted by Mike Leigh and has used a number of aspects of the method in his own work.
Robert has now run over 50 workshops for actors and directors. Each time the workshop is adapted for the participants: no two workshops are ever the same because of the creative component of the work and the skills of the participants. The workshop is an integral part of the 16th Street Actors Studio program, and a director’s variant has been part of the Grad Dip program at AFTRS. His Masterclasses have been featured at SPAA Fringe, WAAPA, VCA and the ADG Conference.
“Rob [Marchand] is a superb communicator and teacher. Acutely perceptive, articulates complex ideas with great precision, flexibly collaborative in negotiating the construction of character and dramaturgy. It did wonders to improve my confidence in the subtle and complex process of creating characterization, a skill that actors should continually refresh. It was wonderful to work with a really sensitive director who obviously loves working with actors.”
Rob McPherson Director, Actor, Lecturer in Drama
Five Day Intensive Workshop
WORKSHOP #1 - CLOSED
June 28 to July 2, 2013 (inclusive)
WORKSHOP #2 - OPEN
July 12th - 16th, 2013 (inclusive)
Time: 0900 – 1730
Course Capacity: Maximum of 10 Actors and 5 Directors
Location: South Australian Film Corp & City Locations
Rates: $660 including GST
ACTORS & DIRECTORS NOW INVITED TO APPLY:
Please contact Angela Heesom for more information
(email enquires preferred):
Email: email@example.com or call 0419 801 128