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The Actor And The Camera
Intro to on-camera acting

April 14th - June 2nd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
8 Weeks
*15% discount available to current students enrolled in our Acting As A Craft program!

"The lens has psychic strength. The camera can see beneath the skin."

                                                                               - Martin Scorsese

Every performer should know that acting for the stage and acting for the camera are two entirely different skills, and in order to succeed in this business, it's vital to master both. That's why we're proud to offer this exciting workshop series that will focus on the art of on-camera acting for film and television. It helps you to act truthfully from your core -– whether you are performing, cold reading, or auditioning for film or television. This program teaches how to achieve and respond with believable and honest emotions before the camera, and it maintains that the key to a successful performance lies in how the actors relate to one another and to their circumstances. On-camera time throughout the workshop - along with readings, exercises, and discussions - gives actors an accessible resource for practicing the outlined principles and mastering their craft.

Our On-Camera workshops are designed for actors with various levels of previous training and experience. As part of this course, we will cover the concepts of:

-Key lighting
-Hitting your marks
-The audition
-Cold reading
-Camera vs. stage
-Playing natural
-Discovering your moment before
-Exploring a variety of camera shots

To ensure the health and safety of our students during the Covid-19 pandemic, space in this program is limited right now to no more than eight participants.  Make the decision to be serious about your career and book a spot for yourself before the workshop is full!

For refund and cancelation policy, read our F.A.Q. section.

Edward Dennis Fogell - Artistic Director/Instructor

Received his training from such renowned institutions and acting coaches as Ted Liss School of Drama/Chicago, Victory Gardens/Chicago, CES/Los Angeles, Michael Shurtleff/New York, Geoffrey Conners and David Perry, Royal Academy of Dramatic arts/London, to name a few. Ed recently completed co-staring in "Word Alive" with Matthew McConhaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Selleck plus he has been cast as a series regular in a new Netflix series to be shot here in Chicago later this year.   Some past television credits include the NBC soap opera "Generations", "Lady Blue", "Crime Stories", and "Unsolved Mysteries." He recreated the historic 40s-50s mob figure "Willie Bioff" in "The Projection Racket" for the BBC. Feature film credits also include "Time Was," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award & LA Telly Award winner "It Takes A Lot Of Light To Make A City," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Award winning "Last Days In Chicago," the indie gem "Sitting On The Fence," Co-Starred in the action feature thriller, "Dead Air," plus countless stage productions including "Lt. Weinberg" in "A Few Good Men." Some of you out there in the industrial, audio/visual markets probably already know Ed, or at least have seen his rugged exterior in many corporate, training films & commercials for the Motorola Corps, Sears, RCA, National Safety Council, and national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines,  Kellogg & Miller's Lite Beer, to name few.

Ed has directed numerous theatre productions, features & made-for-television films, including,"Paradise Lost, Paradise Found". "In The Air Tonight" and "Detective Story", produced, directed and performed in many musical variety shows through out the United States, which includes the "Arie Crown theatre," "The Park West" and "Civic Opera House" here in Chicago and on the international set, musical show revue in Hawaii, Japan, Korea and the Republic of China. Helped co-found the "Screen Actors Academy" in La Jolla, CA. Ed frequently serves as a judge and Chairman of the judges in the "Miss Teenage Illinois," "Miss Illinois" and "Mrs. Illinois" beauty pageants.

Finally we would also like to mention that Mr. Fogell is on the board of directors at Complete Video & Film Productions as well as president of Worldwide Entertainment. Ed possesses a refreshingly honest, no nonsense approach to the method, coupled with an unequaled passionate affection for the actors he coaches and commitment to helping them fulfill their dreams.

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