A thorough and meticulous investigation of process that allows you to put into practice the tools of ACTING FOR DIRECTORS, to forge new skills, to hone and raise to a new level the skills you have.
The benefits of the workshop are these:
- Communication and connection with actors—gaining their trust, troubleshooting their resistances, making breakthroughs;
- Tools to understand and express your vision;
- Leadership tools, to get the job done without shutting down actors' creativity;
- Tools to solve and shape a scene, working beat by beat, locating events, through-lines and subtext;
- A deeper connection to story and characters, that leads to joy and creative satisfaction.
SCRIPT ANALYSIS WORKSHOP (with REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES)
SPECIAL FOUR-DAY WORKSHOPS
March, 2013 - Los Angeles
March 5-6, 8-9, 2013 (Tue-Wed, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM,
Fri-Sat, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM); $950
How exactly do you bring the words of a script off the page and into life? How do you access the rich, inexhaustible "subworld" of a script and connect it to the infinite resource of your own imagination? How do you keep getting deeper, simpler, and truer with your ideas? How do you become a great storyteller? Where do you find the "hot button" words and phrases to whisper to an actor just before the camera rolls, that make the actor feel stimulated and supported by an "actor's director"? Where do you begin? And how do you keep going when you get stuck?
In the intense and transformative SCRIPT ANALYSIS workshop, we make a uniquely detailed and depthful investigation into the subworld of a feature length script, chosen by Judith (usually an as-yet-unreleased major studio project). The script is sent to you in advance, to be read before the workshop. During the first two days, we delve into the script's subtext, and unlock its "playable" secrets - its imaginative backstory, adjustments, and spines, its images, themes, events and arc. The purpose is structure - and at the same time flexibility - to prepare you for bringing the script to life through the actors. The approach is at once radical and practical, providing language and strategies for any contingency of casting, rehearsal and shooting. (It's good preparation for talking to producers, agents and executives too!) Thorough preparation sets you free to follow your instincts on the set.
After preparation - how does rehearsal make the acting keep getting better, instead of just making it more stale and "rehearsed"-looking? In the final two days of the workshop, you direct scenes from this script with professional actors (provided by Judith) as well as each other. Then Judith's critique pinpoints your strengths and weaknesses and offers techniques to take the work to a new level. The strength and freedom this work gives you must be experienced to be believed.
The workshop is limited to ten directors. It is open to people who have taken Judith's Acting for Directors workshop. It is totally hands-on with lots of one-on-one feedback and consultation.
For descriptions of the class by former students, visit the Endorsements page.
It is also possible to take this workshop as an "observer," which means that you participate fully in the Script Analysis portion of the workshop (the first two days), and observe (without directing scenes) the Rehearsal Techniques portion (the second two days). Actors may attend this workshop as "observers" if they wish. Or, actors of a sufficient level of experience (and the right casting) may volunteer to help out as actors on the third day of the workshop, without charge. The cost for "observers" is $600.
All those who take the workshop, whether as "participants" or "observers" need to have taken the Acting for Directors workshop, and need to have read either Directing Actors or The Film Director's Intuition - or both. Both are available in many bookstores, on the Internet at Amazon.com, and mwp.com. You will get the most out of the workshop if you have read both books.
Visit Workshop Schedule and Directions to Los Angeles Studio for further information on scheduling and location. To reserve a space, give your deposit, or ask questions, call
310 392-2444, or e-mail email@example.com.