THE CINEMA GYM: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
For years I wanted to create an innovative on-camera acting and
directing workout. Why? After I decided to cross over from acting to
directing I was amazed to discover that directors do not practice
their craft between projects like other artists.
the directors I had studied or worked with, were not growing or even
maintaining their skills. Actors have always had scene study
classes to keep in practice but that format has long been outdated and
has never fully prepared actors for the challenges of transitioning from
stage to screen.
I created a new
on-camera acting class for both actors and directors.
I pitched it to an acting institution I once attended. They thought
it was brilliant but wanted to increase the price and the enrollment
size. I said no. The reason? When I was an actor I hated having to
pay through the nose for over crowded weekly acting workouts taught by
many instructors who had lost their passion or were unwilling
to become mentors to their students outside of the classroom.
really could not blame them. It was just a job for them. But
actors need more than a teacher. They need a tough coach and
mentor who understands the unique challenges of acting for camera.
I decided to establish my Cinema Gym idea on my own and to stay true to
the key elements I wanted for my new workout. Affordable,
Practical, Effective, with all the work on-camera.
Many people will tell you there is no
difference between acting on the stage and camera. I disagree and
apparently so do Al Pacino and Robert
DeNiro. Watch their "Inside the Actor’s Studio" interviews with James
Lipton. They state that
the stage is the essential training ground for the foundation of an
actor. But the requirements of the stage and the camera are two
different things entirely. Actors need to know how to augment their process for the camera and both Pacino and DeNiro state this in
their own words.
That’s the back story of
the Cinema Gym, how and why I created it in 2006. Actors and directors
needed an innovative, effective, and affordable workout for camera.
The Gym format
simulates the key elements of acting and directing for camera. The
price has been kept affordable and the size of the classes are well
below any comparable on-camera workshop that shoots FULL coverage. I
feel strongly in the value of integrating the camera into an actor’s
training. And being instructed by a filmmaker and seasoned
acting/directing coach is also essential. There are other workshops
that use camera but they simply don’t compare to the Cinema Gym
Filmmaker/Acting & Directing Coach
You don't have to be perfect. Just be prepared and
GYM MISSION STATEMENT:
To support the artist with the most
effective and affordable workout possible.