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12-month Professional Screen Acting Course

Next Course Dates: April 2021 - March 2022

Our flagship professional acting course. One year of classes, held monthly, culminating in a professional short film shot by a professional crew and submitted to film festivals. Taught by working actors and professionals. You graduate with professional headshots, edited scenes, a short film, lifelong friends and industry connections!

What will I learn?

Take your acting career to the next level with a year of workshops, classes, headshot sessions, seminars, scene shoots and a festival-ready short film!

Where & when is it held?

Based in London, classes are run 3 days every month and your classes and exercises are regularly filmed and edited for you to watch your progress!

How Much Does it Cost?

A year of acting classes, headshots, seminars, scene shoots, edited scenes and a short film for only £9,495 (finance available).

Who Can Take Part?

If you’re an actor wanting to up-skill in a variety of areas and get yourself ready for professional auditions and acting roles, this course is for you.

Designed for screen actors who want to take their craft to the next level, The Screen Acting Year Course is a hands-on, intensive year of screen acting training in a range of areas. It culminates in the production of a short film, ready for film festivals and that all-important red carpet!

The course director is Steve North who was asked by Reel Scene CEO Alex Fidelski in 2017 to plan a 12 month course in screen acting for The Reel Scene. Steve used his strong experience in screen acting and devising to plan a unique course which uses working industry professionals to teach acting and performance courses and culminates in the development and shooting of a short film at the end of the 12 months. Lead tutors on the course include David Schaal as well as wide range of professional film and TV industry guest coaches

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 – great for your acting showreel!

We also include online training via The Actors Gym platform.

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 training focusing on screen acting for film and TV
  • Acting techniques such as Meisner, Stanislavski and Emotional Memory
  • How to perform on camera
  • The casting process
  • Online classes
  • Regular film shoots
  • Agency seminars and workshops
  • The audition process
  • 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 with Pure Headshots
  • Choosing footage for your reel
  • Devising character
  • Breaking down scripts
  • Actioning and intention
  • FREE membership to The Actors Gym, our online acting platform
  • Being part of a short film!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Your Coaches

Steve North

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.

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.

David Schaal

Actor 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.

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.

Debbie Howard

Director Debbie Howard

Debbie was an actor for twenty five years appearing in many popular television programs including Life on Mars, Coronation Street and Holby City. She directs Doctors (BBC)

Naomi Joy-Todd

Voice Coach Naomi Joy-Todd

Naomi has been dialect coach on shows like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Star Wars: Episode IX, Chernobyl and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Robin Berry

Mocap Coach Robin Berry

Robin works with Andy Serkis at The Imaginarium and is known for The Jungle Book: Origins and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Shobu Kapoor

Meisner Coach Skye Hallam

Known for The Crown (2018), The Alienist (2018) and Intrigo: Samaria (2018).

James Simpson

Producer James Simpson

James has been involved with producing of twenty-six films, on many of which James Simpson was Executive Producer/Producer, including the BAFTA-nominated Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino.

Ali Bastian

Actor Ali Bastian

Known for Who Is Alice, Death in Paradise, The Bill and Doctors

Director Tristan Shepherd

Known for The Outside (2014), A Thousand Empty Glasses (2012), Among Sweet Flowers and Shades (2016)

Terry Besson

Voice Coach Terry Besson

Terry Besson is known for Vikings, Clubbed and Still Crazy

What do I get?

This course covers the majority of acting techniques: Stanislavski, Meisner, Checkov, voice, movement and with monthly shoots  you put your training into practice. We introduce you to the business side of the industry as well, so you fully understand the career you are pursuing.

  • Edited Footage – Professionally edited recordings of many of your class scenes and a final short film, a great way to track your progress throughout the year!
  • Seminars – Q&As and workshops with known industry professionals, agents, actors, producers and more!
  • Headshots – professionally shot acting headshots
  • Workshops – Voice, Meisner, Mocap, Auditioning, Business, Social Media and more
  • Networking and Contacts – meet and network with known industry professionals
  • One-to-One Career Advice – Reviews of your progress and development from known industry professionals
  • Scriptwriting – learn how scripts work and collaborate on your own short film
  • Representation – You’ll have opportunities for agency representation
  • The Short Film  – Be part of the cast of a festival-ready short film

The 2018 Year Course Short Film Trailer

The trailer for the award-nominated short film Nobody Sees (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11243564/) produced as part of the first Screen Acting Year Course.

We bring in a professional director to work with you through improvisation and exercises to flesh out a short film, which they will then adapt into a screenplay.

During the last weekend of the course, the short film will be shot with your director and a professional crew. Once it’s been professionally edited and graded it’ll be submitted to short film festivals and will be an achievement for your resume that you can be proud of!

Our very first Year Course Short Film premiered at a movie awards ceremony in London in 2019 and received a Best Actor nomination for one of our students!

Tell me more!

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.

Edited Scenes
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. 

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 written by a professional director and based on the work you’ve done 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.

Who are the tutors?

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: On-set coach for many feature films including Mamma Mia: here We Go Again and Star Wars: Episode IX

Terry Besson, voice coach: Vikings

Success Stories from our Graduates

While enrolled on the Screen Acting Year Course, many of our actors have landed roles as a result of networking and working with our coaches and industry guests, including:

Lucas Young who was nominated as Best Actor for his role in the Year Course short film “Nobody Sees” and also appears in the feature film “All Those Things” with coach Steve North
Jemma Clarke who landed a role in the BBC TV show Doctors after working with a director during the course!
Adriana Cartade who appears in a film with actor/director Frank Harper. She will also appear in a film alongside Asa Butterfield
Peter Bosen who worked alongside actor Rob Sheehan in a feature film

The Year Course Featurette

Course Director Steve North introduces The Screen Acting Year Course and discusses what you’ll learn throughout the year.

Book Your Place!

September 2020 - August 2021 Course - SOLD OUT

April 2021 - March 2022 Course - SOLD OUT

2022 course: September 2021 - August 2022

Testimonials from Year Course Graduates