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DIRECTING ACTORS WORKOUTS

MONDAY NIGHTS, 7pm - 10pm
'Actor & Director Workout for Camera'
(Intermediate - Advanced)

Actors & directors work together on the same scene all month but with different weekly drills.  Directing casting sessions, rehearsal tools & tips, shooting scene work, screening edited scenes, and critiquing. Only four directors are allowed per workout session. Prerequisite: Completion of Thursday Night Class or other Directing Program.
($35 per month plus directors must provide their own editing - 4 sessions per month - Limited to four directors)

  

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS,  7pm - 10pm
'Actor & Director Workout for Camera'
(Intermediate - Advanced)

Actors & directors work together on the same scene all month but with different weekly drills.  Directing casting sessions, rehearsal tools & tips, shooting scene work, screening edited scenes, and critiquing. Only four directors are allowed per workout session. Prerequisite: Completion of Thursday Night Class or other Directing Program.
($35 per month plus directors must provide their own editing - 4 sessions per month - Limited to four directors)

 

THURSDAY NIGHTS, 7pm - 10pm
'Directing Actors for Camera'
(Entry Level - Intermediate)
 

Learn to become an "actor's director". Directors are taught the fundamentals and the key to directing comedy, drama, and a wide variety of actors for the camera. This is a unique and effective system developed and taught by Alex D’Lerma for nearly a decade at UCLA Extension. The course includes casting techniques, performance trouble shooting, rehearsal tools, learning the actors vocabulary, understanding popular acting methods, directing taboos, character and scene analysis, creating actors homework, plus an innovative Ten Point Directing Guideline that is a ’necessity' for every director to have.  
($160 per month - One class per week for total of 12 sessions in three months. Begins every quarter. Limited to five directors)

 

STUDIO SPACE FOR RENT

Cinema gym members may rent the studio space on an hourly or daily basis for Casting, Rehearsal, Table Readings, etc.
($13 per hour. $20.00 per hour for shooting)

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OVERVIEW:

The number one issue most directors have is directing actors. After completing their formal training, most directors scramble to direct their first narrative project but then spend months or years before exercising their directorial muscles again. Most directors do not practice their craft, on a regular basis as any other artist would, because it’s a very collaborative art form. It’s not just you and a camera. It’s you, a writer, a small crew and actors.  Directing actors is probably the most challenging job a director has on the set and it requires practice. When Mr. D’Lerma crossed over from acting to directing, he was amazed to discover that directors do not practice their craft between projects like most actors and other artists. Directors need to practice their craft in order to grow and be prepared for their next directing opportunity.  This is one of the reasons why the Cinema Gym was created.

The Cinema Gym is a weekly on-camera workout led by filmmaker and UCLA Extension film studies instructor Alex D’Lerma.  These Cinema Gym workouts are an affordable way to provide Directors and actors more tools for their tool box.

The studio, gear, scripts, and actors are all provided. Only directors who have completed the Thursday Night Cinema Gym Class or have formal training and/or at least one completed project may apply for membership in the Cinema Gym.  Submit your resume and a video link sample of your directing to TostadoProd@yahoo.com.