*NEW* ACTING, FILMMAKING, & COMEDY

Beginning On-Camera Acting

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Mondays  6:30-7:30pm

Tuesdays  6:30-7:30pm

Saturdays  11:30am-12:30pm


AGES 8-11


 REQUIREMENTS:

  • Notebook, Pen, Focus and willingness to push past their comfort zone.

WHAT IT IS:

  • Our Beginner/Level 1 class is for young actors with an interest in Film & TV. Working both on and off camera students learn camera technique, how to read copy, hit the mark, how to slate and prep for an on-camera audition.

WHAT TO EXPECT  

  • Class exercises will are filmed and reviewed in class weekly.
  • Use of improv, simulated auditions, technique review, blocking with a strong emphasis on students learning how to relax and be themselves on camera.
  • Limit 10 Students


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Bring a notebook & Pen to every class
  • Come dressed ready to move
  • Silence when the camera is running and others are performing

Intermediate On-Camera Acting

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Mondays 7:30-8:45pm

AGES 12-16


 REQUIREMENTS:

  • On-Camera Level 1 or 14+ with performance experience preferably in front of the camera

WHAT IT IS:

  • Our Intermediate/Level 2 On-Camera continuation of on-camera acting technique as well as helping the young stage-trained actors become comfortable and confident working on a film

WHAT TO EXPECT  

  • Reinforcement of Level 1 basics plus additional on-camera technquie plus, intense simulated on-camera auditions & callbacks,
  • Discuss, Research & Prepare for the Chicago Film Community including resume & biography creation.
  • Learning how to conduct themselves as a profesional when on set.
  • Character creation and scene study
  • Limit 10 students.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Bring a notebook & Pen to every class
  • Come dressed ready to move
  • Silence when the camera is running

Advanced On-Camera Acting

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Tuesdays 7:30-8:45pm

*Instructor Approval Required*

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • On-Camera Intermediate (level 2) or 2 years of semi-professional acting work.  

WHAT IT IS:

  • Advanced On-Camera Acting is for young aspiring entertainment professionals who are serious about their work and are interested in colabrating with others.

WHAT TO EXPECT  

  • Setting-up and shots
  • Interpretation of film scripts
  • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages to acting on camera.
  • Scenes will be recorded every week and watched back for critique and improvement.
  • Creation/Refinement of Actor Biography & Resume
  • Students will leave the class with a clear and comfortable grasp on how to act on camera.
  • Script Writing Introduction
  • This is designed to be a class that can be taken more than once.
  • Limit 8 students.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Bring a notebook & Pen to every class
  • Come dressed ready to move
  • Silence when the camera is running and others are performing
  • Continuous research of current acting trends and production work in Chicago

Improv

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Student Improv: 

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm & Saturdays 12:30-1:30pm


Adult Improv 

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

AGES 10+


 REQUIREMENTS:

  • Shoes and clothes you can move in.  

WHAT IT IS:

No experience needed! This class introduces the basics of improv with a focus on finding your voice, communicating with others and the principles of “yes and”. Students learn how to work together to create improvised scenes, characters and voices in a supportive environment using a variety of improv games & exercises.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Listening Listening aaaaaand more listening. 😊
  • Supporting other performers
  • Fearless Fun

Smartphone Filmmaking

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Saturdays 1:30-2:30pmAGES 10+ REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants must bring their own smartphone to class and have at least 2 GB of room availble each class.  Also need to have either iMovie or it's eqivalent on their phone prior to class.
  • Have at least 2GB of space free on their phones prior to class
  • Students must download FiLMiC Pro App to their phones before the first class
  • Preloaded editing video app (either iMovie or it's equivalent)
  • Both parents and student sign a Confidentiality agreement protecting any footage from being released or used for personal use without the consent of the instructor.

Special Note: Each student will receive a minature tripod, phone holder and lapel mic and the beginning of class (additional fee of approx.$50 is charged to cover equipment)
WHAT IT IS:

  • Class is for beginners that want to learn how to use their smart phone for content creation, sequenced story telling, interviews & self taped audtions. 

Stand-Up Comedy

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Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm

AGES 10+


 REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2 section notebook preferable size is 8.75 x 5.75

WHAT IT IS:

  • Students are fully imersed in the process of creating comedy designed for the world of stand-up comedy. They will be writing material for themselves as well as the other students in the class. Writing, re-writing & refinement of material, technique and delivery are major components of this class.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Constant creation of new material IN and OUT of class.
  • Supporting other performers
  • Fearless Fun

All classes taught by: Jonathan Keaton

 

Jonathan is a Chicago native and alum of the Second City National Touring Company and has performed with other organizations including MPAACT, I.O. Chicago, CIC Theater & The Annoyance Theater. He has kept busy with film & television roles in “Chicago Code”, “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago P.D. & Showtimes “The Chi” & “My Names is Jerry” as well as voice-over (radio) for Comcast, McDonalds & Coors Light.  An instructor of improv and on-camera acting for the past 15 years he has taught students with The Second City Training Center, School of Performing Arts, Waldorf School of DuPage & Artful Impact.