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Let's Make a Movie! Storyboard, Script, Rehearse and Perform a Zoom Production

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Gordon Woolvett, ACTRA / UBCP / WGC
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Drama, acting, story & writing in an exciting and fulfilling group-interactive exercise where students get to learn how to bring their ideas to life... and then perform then in a live-recording final performance, like a play!

Class experience

The goal of this class is to give kids the chance to step onto an imaginary "digital stage" and be challenged with performing a complete teleplay live. In my Improv class we have found that Zoom is great for simulating being on stage so why not take it the next step and perform a complete mini-play? Through the process, students will learn scene structure, dramatic conflict and will hone their performance, focus and concentration skills. They will also gain some technical savvy and camera skills learning how to create worlds in zoom. This combines the live thrill of a play with the acting skills required for film and tv.
I have been an actor, screenwriter and director for over 35 years. Here are my details on the IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0941315/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

As an actor in film and television for many years, I've travelled to exotic shoot locations, won awards, was a lead on five different television series... But none of that is what makes me a good drama teacher.  What do I think makes me a good drama teacher? Marvel. I never cease to marvel how much the techniques I learned in theatre school as a kid still help me to this day. I never cease to marvel when a child "gets it" and comes up with a new idea and is overcome with joy and pride simultaneously. This is the "magic" you hear us talk about all the time in theatre. And I am ever humbled by it.  As our children spend more time in front of the computer, I strive to give them a chance to experience that magic. 

The craft of writing and understanding story is integral to successful acting. Writing for television and film certainly elevated my acting. Learning to find and make organic decisions and understanding the subtext motivating those choices is what separates great performance from mediocre. Creating and performing their own play gives young performers the opportunity to approach that process from the inside and naturally gain some insight into the concept of subtext.
Homework Offered
Students will be expected to: -Learn their lines -Find props and costume pieces from within their home to bring to class -Research and bring to class selections for Zoom scene backgrounds -They will need access to a printer to print their scenes and make notes
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
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1) It is important students try to find a quiet place to work without interruption. Participation in this class is extremely group dependent, so an interruption for one learner is an interruption for the whole class.
2) Good light from behind the computer or to the side so classmates can see each other well is important (worst case: make sure there isn't a light or a window on camera behind you)
3) Students will need to be able to use Zoom controls (change backgrounds, adjust their microphone volume). Don't worry too much, we cover this in class as well :)
4) Cardboard, markers, clothes for costumes etc. Depending on how creative your learner wants to get they will probably need craft supplies to make props or costume accessories before the final performance.
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(259)
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Hi! Thank you for reading my profile :) I'm fun and energetic acting teacher; an improv performer; a professional working TV & film actor; a screenwriter; a director; a soccer coach and a father of three. 

When I’m not teaching I perform live,... 
Group Class

$295

for 14 classes
1x per week, 14 weeks
55 min

Completed by 19 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
6-8 learners per class

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