Designed for screen actors who want to take their craft to the next level, it’s a hands-on, intensive year of screen acting training in a range of areas. It culminates in the production of a short film YOU help devise and star in, ready for film festivals and that all-important red carpet!
The course is directed by Steve North (Doctor, Who, Holby City) and run by Steve and David Schaal (The Office, The Inbetweeners) and it features acting and performance classes from Steve and David as well as a range of professional film and TV industry guest coaches, including:
William Moseley, actor: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Royal, The Courier
Nancy Bishop, Casting Director: Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol, The Illusionist
James Simpson, producer/director: The River King, The Merchant of Venice
Ali Bastian, actress: Doctors (BBC)
Frank Harper, actor/director: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Debbie Howard, director: Doctors (BBC)
Manpreet Bambra, actress: Free Rein (Netflix)
Shobu Kapoor, actress: Eastenders, Citizen Khan
Adam Morse, director: (Lucid starring Billy Zane from Titanic) and voice coach
Naomi Todd, voice coach: Mamma Mia
Terry Besson, voice coach: Vikings
As the 12-month acting course progresses, you’ll be involved in numerous professional shoots of individual scenes, devised scenes, scripts provided by your coaches and of course a final, festival-ready short film. All of these scenes are great for your acting showreel!
The Screen Acting Year Course doesn’t just cover acting. You also learn movement (for both acting and motion capture, which is a hot new field: a lot of actors are hired by game development agencies and having motion capture skills is essential!). You learn to use your voice effectively with our voice and accent coaches. You’ll learn the business side of acting and be coached by working directors, producers and casting directors, learning their side of the business as well.
Some of the areas of the 1 year acting course includes:
- Acting techniques such as Meisner, Stanislavski and Emotional Memory
- How to perform on camera
- How to act for various shot sizes
- The business of acting
- Utilising social media as an actor
- Harnessing your voice and learning accents including RP English and American (with Naomi Joy-Todd)
- Learning to perform using your body, and learning techniques for motion capture (with Robin Berry)
- Working with a director and crew
- Professional headshot session
- Choosing footage for your reel
- Devising character
- Breaking down scripts
- Actioning and Intention
- Developing your own short film!
Screen Acting Course Director: 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.
Screen Acting Course Leader: David Schaal
Renowned actor David Schaal is well known to TV viewers for his roles on hit shows like The Office and The Inbetweeners.
As well as appearing on UK television in recent shows like Victoria (ITV), David works in the US and also regularly appears on stage.
As well as appearing on stage and screen and teaching at The Reel Scene, David is currently writing a feature film developing a comedy web series
Students on the Screen Acting Year Course will benefit from David’s wide and varied experience in the film and tv industry.
Here's what you get with the Screen Acting Year Course!
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:
During the year we will arrange for a trusted professional headshot photographer to come and take headshots. We’ll also teach you what makes a good headshot, and how to get noticed! You’ll learn the common headshot mistakes, and be able to talk to real casting agents and directors about what they look for in headshots.
Our course is unique in that we record many of your weekend sessions, and our editor assembles those scenes for you. This means you can see your progress throughout the year, while also learning what editors look for in acting performances. Seeing yourself on screen, seeing what choices an editor makes – and learning why they choose or discard takes – is a vital part of being an actor. Plus, you’ll have a growing library of scenes you can use for your showreel!
Throughout the year we will hold seminars, workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. People like Luke Brady from Casting Networks, who worked in casting on shows like Game of Thrones and movies like Prometheus. Film producers like James Simpson, casting directors including Nancy Bishop, talent agency directors like Alex Fidelski from RS Talent, and actors like David Schaal, who you’ll recognise from shows like The Office, The Inbetweeners and The IT Crowd and WiIlliam Moseley from the Chronicles of Narnia
Throughout the year we will run workshops with professional actors, directors and producers, creating original work and helping to round out your knowledge and experience. You’ll learn movement techniques from the team who work with Andy Serkis, voice techniques from Naomi Todd (Mama Mia), the Meisner technique from Skye Hallam (RADA) and lots more!
Acting is as much about networking and making connections as it is about learning to act. Throughout the year, we’ll invite you to networking events, screenings and workshops to help you grow your professional network and get your face in front of the people who matter.
One-to-One Career Advice
Throughout the year you’ll receive one-to-one career advice sessions where we’ll review your progress, discuss your options, look at your strengths and weaknesses, and help you plan your acting career.
As the year progresses you’ll learn and perform scenes from scripts written specifically for the course and in many cases specifically for you. The scripts are designed to provide increasingly challenging roles to help you practise what you’re learning as well as providing you with a variety of performance styles.
If you’re interested in writing, you’ll have the option to learn the basics of screenwriting and even contribute to the writing throughout the year – this is your course and we welcome your input!
As actors, you need to be able to work with directors with a wide range of directing styles. We teach you how to talk to directors, how to understand their notes and instructions, and how to form relationships that benefit the entire production you’re collaborating on.
The Short Film
The year course culminates in a professionally written and shot short film that YOU have created, along with your classmates, under the guidance of our professional tutors.
The film will give you the opportunity to put everything you’ve learned to the test, and give you the ultimate showreel footage, as it will be produced professionally and be submitted to film festivals.
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.
We’re so proud of this acting course we’re happy for you to chat to the students from our current year, or drop us a line to arrange to view the course in action on a shooting day.
Current student Lucas Young says “We’re only 5 months into the current course and already I’m loving it! I’m far further ahead in my acting than I ever thought I could be. I took to the Meisner technique like a duck to water. Being able to see my scenes edited together taught me a huge amount about continuity and how I was reacting to the other actors. Our class is very tight-knit and we all support each other through some very intense sessions! It’s also a huge amount of fun and I love being part of the Reel Scene family. I’d be happy to give honest feedback to anyone interested in doing the course!”
Best of all, the 1 year acting course runs part time – 3 days per month (over a weekend) to accommodate your busy lifestyle. Oh, and we have payment and loan options to help you cover the cost.
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 characters and scenes that culminate in your own, festival-ready short film.
We also edit those scenes for you, so you can watch your performance in the context of a completed scene, while learning about continuity, shot sizes, and character arcs.
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 of the course
The first six months will focus on taking you to the next level with both 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 acting 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 of the course
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.
And the culmination of your year of training – the development and production of your own short film!
You’ll work with your coaches and classmates to devise characters abd a storyline for a short film, which will then be scripted and directed by a working industry director.
The film will be submitted to film festivals with the hopes of a red carpet screening, such as the one we had for our first year course short film!
Our first year course short film, Nobody Sees, was nominated for best film at the Gold Movie Awards 2019 and one of our actors, Lucas Young, was nominated for best actor!
The trailer for Nobody Sees