12 month professional acting course
The Reel Scene 1-year part-time acting course is ideal for you to really get stuck into a project to be proud of. Act, produce and work on delivering a short film alongside award-winning actor/director Steve North. Your work will be shown at an industry showcase and exhibited at festivals.
This course runs one weekend per month (Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday all day) for 12 months – so you don’t need to give up your day job!
The 12-month professional acting course will allow you to develop a deep understanding of screen acting, knowledge of how the industry works and an understanding of how the directing, shooting and editing processes work. Not to mention networking within the industry and receiving headshots and a professionally finished film for your showreel, too.
This course is the most comprehensive offering we have, and we’re proud of it.
Featurette: Steve North introduces the 12 month professional acting course
Course Leader: Steve North
The Reel Scene is proud to work alongside acclaimed actor/director Steve North to bring you this course.
Steve has had had many acting roles in his career, including playing firefighter Colin Parrish in ITV’s London’s Burning and his other credits include Doctor Who, EastEnders, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, The Bill, Murphy’s Law, Holby City and stage roles in shows like Fever Pitch, War Horse, Meeting Joe Strummer, and Mermaid.
As a director, Steve co-wrote and appeared in the feature film South West 9, and was Associate Producer on The Football Factory. He co-wrote and produced the short film Through the K-Hole and directed the award-winning short film Cregan for Screen South.
Steve has an extensive experience teaching acting and on-camera technique and works closely with The Reel Scene to develop classes, courses and act as one of our most respected tutors.
What you get
We want to be completely transparent with you, as we know this course is a significant investment in your career development. So you know exactly what you’re getting, our year course will provide you with:
A full set of professional headshots for your portfolio
Produce your own cinematic showreel in studio
Seminars with special guests to grow your understanding of the industry
Workshops with professional actors, directors and producers to create original work
Networking events throughout the year
Lectures on acting theory
Perform in front of agents and casting directors
Lessons on scriptwriting
A minimum of 2 hours a month with one-to-one tuition on your personal development
Formative and summative assessments to Trinity grading standards
All of this is designed to provide you with the tools you need to get started in the industry. We want you to succeed. Lots of our students have been signed by agents and cast for roles – and we hope you can help us make that record to continue.
Throughout the course
During the full 12 months, you will regularly have the opportunity to dedicate days to shooting in front of camera when you’re ready, building scenes culminating in your own short film.
And it’s great that you get to make your own short film. But there is serious work to be done, too. That’s why our course outline below explains how the course will be structured, to maximise your learning.
First six months
The first six months will focus on you going to the next level with your acting technique and style.
We will teach you our ‘toolbox’ approach to acting that encourages you to develop your own technique to acting. We will take a three-pronged approach to your development, to make sure you push your limits.
We deliver on acting theory too. We will work extensively on understanding and considering different theories to add even greater depth to your acting. From Stanislavski’s Active Analysis to Meisner’s Truth and Chekov’s Psychological Gesture, we go through it all.
Second six months
The second six months is where you get to make your mark and stand out as being not only an intelligent actor, but someone who knows the industry well enough to understand all its moving parts.
This is the business end of things: how to market yourself, get a proactive agent, pull together a showreel, organise logistics of a shoot and get in the editing room.
You will attend seminars, lectures and workshops with leading professionals from across the industry to get a breadth of understanding. These six months are vital to your development as a player in the industry.
But the acting doesn’t stop: you will continue to learn different styles of dialogue, work on the intimacy of your close ups, and build character arcs.
It’s not all coasting, of course. We will set monthly homework and have regular formative assessments on your development throughout the term, and a summative assessment towards the end of your course. We will use the Trinity marking standard to grade your work.
But it’s a two-way street: you will keep an acting journal to self-reflect on your progress. You are your harshest critic after all.