ON-CAMERA – Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9.30 pm.
On Camera demystifies the relationship with the camera, providing essential technique and giving attention to the detail, fluency of thought, emotional and physical life required in acting for film and television. Classes cover the day-to-day realities of filming – framing, timing, hitting your mark, the constraints of continuity as well as the transmission of a character’s inner life with and without words, all the while engaging intimately with the camera. A typical class involves targeted exercises, exploration of preparation-techniques and analysis/interpretation, but practice with the camera is central, through work on monologues or scenes. The class reviews the work, and develops through a dynamic process of observation, practice and reflection.
The class is aimed at those who have already developed some acting technique, and is taught by Christopher Simpson. His diverse array of roles as an actor range from a Banglatown youth in Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane, a Leeds drug dealer in Penny Woolcock’s Mischief Night and a Cuban charmer in John Roberts’ Day of The Flowers. On TV, he is best known for playing polar opposites in the double role of twins Magid/Milat in White Teeth. Other TV includes State of Play and Second Generation.