New York Film Academy is back in Kyiv. General partner of the project – Media Group Ukraine

Published Thu, 23 March, 11:48

FILM.UA Faculty with the support of Media Group Ukraine presents two new practical workshops by the famous American film school New York Film Academy (NYFA) on April 21, 22 and 23. Interrelated workshops for actors and directors include in class, supervised practical exercises for immediate application of topics introduced and discussed.

Both workshops are suitable for beginners as well as professionals wishing to raise their level and get a unique opportunity to study the standards of the American system of the film and television industry in three days.

Acting workshop includes work with both teachers in turn – Christopher Cass and Gilbert M. Shilton. In the program: actor's skill, acting in front of the camera, work with the director, improvisation. Special focus will be on working in drama and comedy series. Part of the program will be devoted to joint work with the students of the directing workshop and will be held in the studio stage. All exercises are performed in front of the camera, after that the review and analysis of each participant's record is being held. All participants of the workshop will be given the lines and roles from famous movies and series for practical exercises in advance.

The acting workshop includes the following sections of practical training:

  • work in comedy (based on the material of the series "The Big Bang Theory" and others; 3.5 hours)
  • work in drama/melodrama (based on the material of the series "ER", "The Walking Dead" and others; 4.5 hours)
  • auditions and casting – for comedy (2 hours), for drama (2 hours)
  • work with the director, understanding the challenge (2 hours)
  • joint exercises of directors and actors (3 hours)

And: improvisation (30-50 min exercise)

Both teachers will work with the actors in turn. Each exercise is performed in front of the camera, passes the review and analysis of the recording. Work with the camera is practiced. Lines of the scenes, selected for practical exercises, will be distributed in advance. All participants will be asked to learn the lines before the course starts. Register for acting workshop following the link.

Directing workshop includes practical exercises of working with the script, selecting actors and working with them, the basics of shooting. Also the program includes joint practice of directors with actors in the studio stage with camera, auditions, acting for directors, as well as improvisation exercise. The course is based on the use of materials from famous movies and series.

The directing workshop includes the following sections of training:

  • director’s work with the script (2 hours) (preliminary – based on the material "Beverly Hills, 90210", where Gilbert worked as a director)
  • casting (2 hours)
  • basics of shooting/thinking outside the box (2 hours)
  • acting for directors (2 hours)
  • audition technique (auditions and casting) – for comedy (2 hours), for drama (2 hours) – work with actors, task assignment (2 hours)
  • joint practice of directors and actors (3 hours)

And: improvisation (30-50 min exercise).

Register for directing workshop following the link

Workshops in Kyiv will be held by the the best teachers of the New York Film Academy:

 American actor and director Christopher Cass. Teacher at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Having worked in the cinema for more than thirty years, Christopher Kass performed in many famous movies as an actor and director. His filmography includes: "ER", "Family Plan", "Whole Day Down", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "The One". Among the latest works – the movie Jilted, in which Christopher Cass acted as a director. 
Iconic producer, screenwriter and director Gilbert M. Shilton. On his account there are more than thirty television series, including "Law & Order", "La Femme Nikita", "Beverly Hills, 90210", etc. Gilbert Shilton has many years of experience on such television channels as CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, USA Network, Disney Cable.