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On-Camera

Students will learn what adjustments actors need to make in order to perform in front of a camera. Scenes will be presented and reshot for analysis. Exercises will be performed to help actors get used to the technical differences of acting for the camera. Actors will learn what life on a set is truly like. Everything from reading a call sheet, hitting a mark, and the intense preparation needed to work in film and television will be discussed.

On-Camera Acting is meant to give students a wide range of tools, so they can confidently walk onto a set and be ready to perform with the same comfort level as they walk onto a stage.

FACULTY

Tom McGowan, On-Camera Acting Professor

Tom McGowan has had an extensive career in film, television, and on stage that has stretched over 30 years. His films include The Birdcage, Disney's Heavyweights, Freeheld, As Good As It Gets, Bean, Family Man, Ghost World, and Sleepless in Seattle. His almost 200 episodes of television include recurring roles as Kenny Daly on Frasier, Bernie on Everybody Loves Raymond, Uncle Jax on The Good Fight, and Joe on The War At Home. He was a regular on Down the Shore, Monty, and The Show. Guest star appearances include Veep, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Hot in Cleveland and many others.

Tom has received two SAG Awards for his Ensemble work in Frasier and The Birdcage.

He has also appeared on Broadway seven times, most recently in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me Kate. Other Broadway credits are She Loves Me, Casa Valentina, Wicked, Chicago, Ivanov and the original production of David Hirson’s La Bete, for which he was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Play. His many Off Broadway productions includes The Food Chain, for which he received an OBIE Award.

He received his BFA from Hofstra University and his MFA from The Yale School of Drama.

CURRICULUM

On-Camera Acting I: An introduction to the basic principles of professional on-camera acting for film and television. Students will get a chance to work on monologues and reaction scenes, while also learning about the technical basics of working on a film or television set.

Advanced On-Camera Acting: A continuation of On-Camera I, Advanced On-Camera Acting will give the students a chance to explore scene work, cold readings, and technical exercises to heighten their awareness and hone their skills in front of a camera.

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