Acting for Film & Television

 

Online Certificate Courses

 

Grow your skills. Gain experience in acting.

In this foundational course, you will connect with yourself and other actors around the world who want to take the first steps in discovering and developing their craft.

We welcome enthusiasts, high school students, mature students, and anyone looking to make a career change. When you finish an online certificate course at Vancouver Film School, you will receive a digital certificate of completion confirming your experience.

Cost:

$950 per course
Combine & save: Take two or more certificate courses and get $50 off each.

Course Duration:

7-week course, every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

Location:

Online

 

**Students must confirm they are at least 18 years old at the beginning of the course in order to register.

**Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

 

If you have any questions, please contact: industryworkshops@vfs.com

Acting Take 2: From Script to Screen (online)

How does one enrich their craft and strengthen their connection to their art and fellow actors? How does one dissect a script and make dynamic choices that shine on screen?

This online course scaffolds upon the foundation laid by our previous certificate course “Introduction to Acting: Connecting to Craft”. You will apply your text analysis skills to read a shared text of a full TV/Film script and develop a cogent process for character analysis.

With expert guidance from instructors, you will begin the journey of becoming a collaborative and empowered actor in the online rehearsal space, getting comfortable on camera and better understanding what it means to listen and give & receive with a scene partner.

The core work of this new 7-week program will support your preparation techniques as you learn to activate your imagination and begin to fully embody your unique take on the text and character of a script. “From Script to Screen” culminates in a more polished and professional self-tape submission involving a reader, allowing you to build confidence and ease in an online audition environment.

“Acting Take 2: From Script to Screen” is a training course that is intended to empower actors in their continued professional journey.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Execute and expand text script analysis principles taught in Connecting to Craft.
  • Deepen analysis skills by working on a complete film script.
  • Discover how to do a thorough character analysis.
  • Expand your rehearsal techniques within online learning and communication platforms.
  • Develop best practices for safe & creative collaboration, actor self care, setting boundaries and clear communication with other artists.
  • Learn to partner and rehearse with another actor/reader.
  • Execute with confidence the technical aspects of auditioning for online platforms.
  • Memorize, rehearse, record, and submit a self-tape audition scene.
  • Get important feedback for your second take.
  • Finish with a recording of your audition scene.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Any video capturing device with sound (cell phone or other)
  • 5x8 ft. space (approx.) for some limited movement work
  • Stable Internet connection
  • English Level: all participants are required to speak and write English at an acceptable level. In order to succeed in any VFS program, you will need to understand technical terms and be conversant enough in English to participate in presentations and in-depth discussion. For this program we recommend an IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level or equivalent.

 

Participants must have completed Introduction to Acting: Connecting to Craft in order to participate in Acting Take 2: From Script to Screen.

 

*Students must confirm they are 18 years or older at the beginning of the workshop in order to register.

 

Saturdays, September 11 to October 23, 2021 – **ONLINE workshop**

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Introduction to Acting: Connecting to Craft (online)

In this seven-week introductory course, you will explore how to approach acting play and a short text such as a monologue. Each class will begin with important core actor voice and body work. You will be introduced to basic acting and camera technique, and be guided through how to apply them from your home.

In a combination of online and offline exercises in text, story, and authenticity, you will complete your first take of a self-tape audition. In core actor sessions, focused on vital voice and body techniques, you will experiment in how to create your own pre-performance warm-up.

By the end of this course, you will gain insight and confidence in yourself as an actor, understand text analysis essentials, perform a short monologue self-tape audition to use when submitting to agents/casting directors/showreels, as well as gain an awareness of how actors work in front of a camera.

Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • Gain confidence in yourself as an actor.
  • Understand text analysis essentials.
  • Identify and engage your body/voice as instruments.
  • Learn and perform a short monologue.
  • Identify basic camera techniques.
  • Develop an awareness for working in front of the camera.
  • Apply your knowledge to an on-camera self-tape audition.

Requirements:

  • Computer with microphone and camera
  • Any video capturing device with sound (cell phone or other)
  • 5x8 ft. space (approx.) for some limited movement work
  • Stable Internet connection
  • English Level: all participants are required to speak and write English at an acceptable level. In order to succeed in any VFS program, you will need to understand technical terms and be conversant enough in English to participate in presentations and in-depth discussion. For this program we recommend an IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level or equivalent.

 

Saturdays, October 30 to December 11, 2021 – **ONLINE course**

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Andrés Soto

Actor, Producer & Mindset Coach

Andrés Soto (known on-screen as Alexander Soto) is an actor, producer, and mindset coach. He is an instructor in the acting department at Vancouver Film School and founder of The Acting Blueprint. He also runs the Frente a Camara workshops, which seek to teach on-camera skills to actors in Latin America. Andrés has worked behind the camera for multiple casting directors in Vancouver, including Kris and Kara, Murdine Hirsch, and Kathleen Widdows.

Andrés studied Communication at the University of Costa Rica with an emphasis on production. He also has a degree in Motivation and Leadership from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology and studied acting at Vancouver Film School. As a producer, he created (along with Jatniel Azofeifa) the largest kids TV show in Central America: Ondivedu. As an actor, he is known for 50 States of Fright, Riverdale, Dragged Across Concrete, Deadly Class, and Arrow. He has also appeared in multiple television commercials, including Coca-Cola, Bose, Crayola, Captain Morgan, London Drugs, Babies 'R Us, and Coors Light.

 

 

Sam Bregoliss

Artist, Educator & Creator

Sam has worked as a dancer, actor, and choreographer for the past 10 years. He has had the privilege of performing, choreographing, and adjudicating all across North America and Europe. Sam has appeared in award-winning short film Eleftheromania, starring Olympia Dukakis, and in national marketing campaigns for Save-on-Foods. In the spring of 2020, he partnered with the Kamloops Music Collective and began producing/directing online musical theatre content for young audiences. He is thrilled to bring you his first-hand knowledge and industry experience, along with his passion and dedication for arts education.

 

 

Omari Newton

Actor, Writer & Producer

Omari Newton is an award-winning professional actor, writer, director, producer, and a senior instructor at the Vancouver Film School. Notable film & TV credits include: Lucas Ingram on Showcase’s Continuum, Larry Summers on Blue Mountain State and lending his voice to the Black Panther in multiple animated projects (Marvel). Most recently, Omari has a recurring role as Nate on Corner Gas (the animated series) and a recurring role as Corvus of Netflix’s hit new animated series The Dragon Prince.

As a writer, his original Hip Hop theatre piece 'Sal Capone' has received critical acclaim and multiple productions, including a recent presentation at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Additionally, Newton’s work in Speakeasy Theatre's production of Young Jean Lee's The Shipment earned him a 2017-2018 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, as well as a nomination for Best Direction.

 

 

Alison James

Actor, Director & Senior Instructor at VFS

Alison has been acting, directing, and teaching for over 11 years. She played the coveted role of “Nurse Tiffany” in New Zealand's primetime clinical drama Shortland Street, which is still shown in over 70 countries.