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The Lab, Foley St, Dublin 1
Mon 16th - Fri 20th September
10am - 5pm
"I cannot recommend Graham's Film Acting workshop highly enough."
"Graham is not only a great teacher but a real Actor's Director."
"The best acting course I have ever done."

An Intensive Acting for Camera course over 5 days with film director Graham Cantwell. This is far and away our most popular course and is always a great favourite with participants! Read feedback from actors who have taken the course here.

Practical and inclusive with a small group to allow for specific, catered attention to each actor's needs. The course is designed to refine your approach to working in front of a camera and will culminate in shooting a Hi Def showreel scene - custom written for you and your scene partner (so it is your own completely original scene, not one ripped from a recognisable source) - on the Canon 7D, which you will receive a professionally edited, sound-mixed and colour-graded copy of for your showreel.

With an emphasis on practical scene work, the process of working intimately with a director and other actors will be deconstructed and demystified. We cover all the basics of what you need to become a successful working film/tv actor in this course and you finish up with career advice and a quality scene to show for it.

We are currently developing the idea of using selected showreel scenes from the last few years as part of an anthology film, under the working title 'DUETS'. More to come on that later in 2013!

The course runs 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday within 1 full time week and consists of 4 x workshop days and 1 shoot day. There is a daily breakdown below.

Day 1       Introduction
Discussion about different Approaches to Acting
Different Directors' Methods
Performance and analysis of monologues
Exploration of different techniques with practical exercises
Preparing a script for rehearsal
Handing out first duologue scenes
Day 2       Breakdown and preparation
Objective and Approach exercises
Breaking scenes down
First rehearsal
Developing scenes with improvisation
Day 3       Camera technique
Practical exercises for Acting on Camera
Technical considerations with examples
Performances of first scenes with direction
Handing out scenes to be filmed
Day 4       Shoot preparation
Rehearsal of scenes to be filmed
Video boarding scenes by filming rehearsals
Logistical factors to be considered when working on film
Discussion of Costume and Makeup
Day 5       Shoot
Makeup & Wardrobe
Filming of original Showreel Scenes
Individual Career Advice for going forward

When: Mon 16th - Fri 20th September 2013 10am - 5pm

Where: The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1  Click Here for directions

How much€395 (A deposit of €150 will be required to secure a place on the course)

The course is completely sold out now. To place your name on a standby list, or register your interest for a future course please email Thank you.

Reviews from previous participants of this course:

I attended the intensive course for acting in Dublin and can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable weeks of training to date. I learned so much and has made me look at audition pieces and scripts in a different light. I have since received my show reel piece back which I am extremely happy with and has led me to be cast in my next project!! I would highly recommend this course to anyone! A must do!
Matthew Toman

This week long course was one of the best training experiences I have done yet. The true skill of a director in my eyes is to be able to put the actors at ease in front of the camera while at the same time drawing something out of them that they didn't even realise they were doing. I felt completely at home on this course and Graham truly brought out the best in me. I gained so much confidence just in one week and I am really looking forward to the next course. To work with a well esteemed and respected director, who is so down to earth and whose main focus is 'you' the actor was an experience in itself
Sinead O'Riordan

I just completed the week long camera acting workshop in the Lab, Dublin. I can honestly say that I've never gotten more out of a course. Graham is not only a great teacher but a real Actor's Director. Thanks to him, everyone felt totally comfortable in that space to just go for it and perform. For our last day we shot original show reel scenes on location around Dublin. I'd recommend FVL to anyone. As a result of the course I feel I'm a better actor and my approach to character work has changed forever.
Sharon Sutton

Terrific course. No nonsense, no airs and graces, just solid work ethic and development.
Its everything you want acting to be about. Highly recommended.
Darren Murphy

The 5 day workshop was brilliant to do, enjoyed every minute of it. Great environment, got so much out of the course. I learned a lot about giving truthful and realistic performances, I felt it was the best acting course I have ever done. Graham has the ability to bring out the best in every actor. I would love to work with him again in the future, and would recommend the course to anybody.
Mark Connolly

Just spent the last week doing Grahams course acting for camera. Was one of the best weeks I've done in long time. Anybody 'thinking' of doing the course in the future should stop thinking and DO IT.
Stephen Kelly

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