Act 4 TV
Our sessions are totally TV orientated and are designed to get you through the audition process. The scripts we use are either from past drama productions or occasionally are current working scripts and occasionally we may conduct 'live' commercial castings at the sessions. Remember, we are Casting Directors not drama tutors and our entire approach is geared towards getting an artist through an audition process.
Suitable for: Anyone wishing to increase their television acting ability. Mostly inexperienced actors and walk-ons, however theatrically trained actors looking to break into television will also gain a huge amount from this course.
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Andrew graduated from the Liverpool institute for performing arts in 1998 and after starting his career on the stage turned his attentions to acting for the screen. He has since appeared in programs including Cutting It, Holby City, Doctors, The Royal, Heartbeat and most recently Coronation Street, in which he played Leon.
Chris has been a freelance Casting Director for over 15 years and has worked on many award-winning projects. He currently works for Beverley Keogh Casting Ltd along with Michael Jackson where he has been involved with the same BAFTA Award winning/nominated productions.
Emma graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 1998. She has enjoyed a full and varied career thus far beginning in London's West End theatre and more recently appearing in programmes such as The Bill, Shameless, Strictly Confidential, Emmerdale, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Heartbeat and The Royal.
Michael currently works for Beverley Keogh Casting Ltd, in Manchester, but has been a Casting Director for almost 20 years and is famous for casting many BAFTA Award winning / nominated TV productions such as Life on Mars, The Street, Clocking Off and more recently the BBC’s A Passionate Woman and also many CBeebies productions. In addition to dramas, they also cast for various TV commercials that include well known products such as Nike, Bernard Matthews, McDonalds, KFC, Sainsbury’s, Kellogg’s and Robinson’s Fruit Juice as well as music videos, cinema commercials and internet virals.
ACT for TV We have restructured ACT for TV and have developed our curriculum in such away to encourage artists to take their development seriously whilst still having some fun learning. Our foundation lies on the three basic audition techniques used by Casting Directors, Directors, Producer’s would use at a television or film casting session. The three techniques are; 1. A chat to camera 2. Script work 3. Improvisation. All performances are filmed on HDD cameras and each performance can be viewed live on 32“ Widescreen TV’s as would be done in a casting session. We believe it important to watch the performance on TV and then to review / critique in class and allow the artist to watch at home in order to study their performance with the view to identifying where they could perhaps enhance their delivery and understanding. As of November 2010 artists can download the video at the end of the session onto their own USB stick or purchase a 4GB ACT 4 TV USB wristband. Please be aware all performance video is the property of ACT for TV and cannot be used, transmitted or copied in anyway without our consent. All rights of usage and distribution remain with ACT for TV. Casting Suites Our casting suite / class rooms are at the Nicholls Campus, Manchester College and comprise of a green room and two class rooms with wall mounted TV’s, ceiling mounted spotlights and HDD cameras. Nicholls Campus Hyde Road Ardwick Manchester, M12 6BA Central Manchester Location Our Curriculum Everyone starts out with the beginners’ class and then moved on merit to the senior class usually after two to three months depending upon their ability and over all understanding. Our principle aim is to equip an artist with the knowledge, experience & confidence required to attend a TV casting and hopefully obtain the role they’re auditioning for. On entering the senior class we continue to refine the artists audition technique still using the three main tools as previously mentioned. After completing a six month period artists from the senior class will be invited to audition to take part in a showcase module. This module runs for a three month period at the end of which the artists then perform in front of invited Casting Directors, Agents and other Industry Professionals. The showcase is completely different to the traditional style of drama showcases in that everything is shown on multiple TV screens at a city centre public house. The idea being that the artists performance must be interesting, captivating and watchable on screen as it would be if transmitted, but in a casting style. This technique has proven to be very successful and well attended by industry professionals. The Final Step The showcase is all about acting for audition, but the Final Step is acting on set. The final step follows the showcase and allows the artist to understand and perform on set in front of a live audience with their performance being filmed ‘live’, but with a twist and a with guest appearance from invited well-known high profile TV / Film actors backing up our artists in a closing scene chosen on the night. How will it end? There’ll be a choice of endings selected by the audience and unknown to the artists. Entry into The Final Step is by merit. Class Times – Year One Beginners Class – 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm Seniors Class – 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm Showcase Class – 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm The Final Step – 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm All classes are week days. Our Experience We are well-known and respected Casting Directors currently working at Beverley Keogh Casting Ltd a company responsible for many BAFTA award winning / nominated productions such as; Shameless, Unforgiven, The Street, Life on Mars, Queer as Folk, Bodies Barking for CITV, Outlaws, Buried, Conviction, Nits, About A Girl Second Coming, Flesh & Blood, Pheonix Nights, Bob & Rose Vacuuming completely nude in paradise - Danny Boyle When I was Twelve, Fat Friends, Clocking Off, The Cops, White Girl And many other drama production’s for mainstream television. In addition to TV drama’s we also cast for Feature Films, TV / cinema commercials and music videos, and again have a great reputation within these particular sectors with our commercial department attracting many British Television Advertising Awards (BTAA) this year. In all, there are no other Casting Houses that can match our collective knowledge and experience and that’s why we think we’re well placed to develop the skills of new actors or walk-ons wishing to improve their performance skill. The workshops are totally television orientated and not theatrical in any way as it’s a different discipline. Although the sessions should be fun there is a serious side. Success Stories Since ACT for TV came into being in September 2009 many artist s have been successful in obtaining small to medium roles on television and have worked on various TV commercials. The list below shows some of the recent productions our artists have gone on to work in with a number working on the same production; Drama’s / Film The Accused for BBC – in production Bedlam - a six part drama series for Living TV Worried about the boy for BBC2 BBC Eye Witness for BBC 2 Coronation Street for ITV1 TV / Radio Commercials Seven Seas “Temple of Steve TVC Benylyn Idents for The Alan Titchmarsh Show Iceland Autumn 2010 TV Campaign Vanish Multi ‘Millions of fresh day’s” TVC McDonalds “Weather” TVC The Car Shop “Cart Shop” TVC Halifax TVC Heinz “it has to be” Brand Campaign The Sun Alton Towers TVC Promotion Jet2 TVC Warburton’s TVC Nike “Ripple Effect” TVC The Conservative Party Cinema Commercial Homebase ‘transform the nation” TVC Cathedral City “Slice of Britain” TVC McDonalds Christmas TV Campaign 2009 (TVC = TV Commercials) Workshop Fees Are paid monthly in advance £80.00 (This equates to £20 per 2 hour session) However, we recognise some artists may be facing financial hardship therefore we can make some allowances to pay weekly please enquire. Interested / More Information We shall provide further information on class times and dates on application. All applicants should email us in the first instance providing full details including contact numbers and any agent details and where possible a curriculum vitae with photo. Please be aware this course is for Television and Film and all performances are videod and shown on large screen TV's - We don't do theatre style acting.
Career opportunities: Every new student will have headsheets taken of them. These headsheets are kept in the office of Beverley Keogh Casting Ltd and regularly looked over when we have productions to cast for. During the classes students will also be seen regularly by Michael and Chris. It is the best and easiest way to get yourself seen!!
Students per class: 15
Contact person: Michael Jackson or Chris Maloney
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