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Founder Alex D'Lerma

The Cinema Gym

The Cinema Gym provides "acting for camera" coaching for auditions & acting lessons utilizing a practical & unique process that will get you work!

Some people are able to adjust effortlessly from stage to screen. The vast majority do not and that's one of the reasons they fail. The Cinema Gym focuses solely on the craft of acting for camera. And directing actors for camera.


Take a look at the "Bookings" and "Testimonial" pages to see some of our actors and their past "wins." The Cinema Gym technique is the creation of award winning filmmaker & UCLA Film studies instructor, Alex D'Lerma. In addition to the one on one on-line coaching we also offer an exclusive "in person" workshop once per year.  Mr. D'Lerma also offers directing actors for camera coaching and workshops.


There is a popular belief that there is no significant difference between acting on stage and acting for camera. That is false. In fact Academy award winning actors Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino have stated this.  To quote Al Pacino..."There is a technique to film acting."  And DeNiro discusses this topic, as does Pacino, in their episodes of the famous TV series 'Inside The Actor's Studio' with James Lipton. There's also a video link of Director Christopher Nolan discussing this topic with Pacino below)


The basic principals of acting remain the same. But the tools and techniques required are different. (see quotes from DeNiro & Pacino below)

Acting is like running a race. If you're a marathon runner you train differently than a sprinter. It's still basically running a race but there are important differences in technique and performance.



Watch Pacino discuss film acting




DeNiro discusses film acting on "Inside the Actor's Studio"

In an episode of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio" DeNiro  is asked if he still uses the "effective memory" technique he learned when training at the actors studio as a young man. DeNiro echoed the same sentiment as Pacino in his Actor's studio interview. "acting for the movies. It's different. You have to come up with a different way of working for film. There's a system you create for the movies in addition to your original process/foundation for the stage." I'm paraphrasing DeNiro's comments but that's basically what he told the interviewer.

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