Advanced Scene Study
Building on the tools explored in the Scene Study Fundamentals class, this workshop is designed for the more experienced actor with at least some professional credits on their resume. The emphasis of this class is on the practical and creative application of the actor’s technique through advanced scene work involving more challenging material from contemporary feature films and television shows in an ongoing effort to create something simple, truthful, natural and compelling in front of the camera. Students will explore ways to make their work richer and more watchable, how to solve acting problems as they arise on a set and how to unlock the pathways that propel a character into dynamic action. A key objective in the advanced scene study class will be to enable the participant to more quickly analyze a scene and deliver what is required in light of the ever increasing time crunch on film and television sets.
Course Duration: 3 hours per week for 4 weeks
All classes in both the audition and the scene study workshops are shot and played back for review in class. The performance is recorded for the instructor’s notes which are offered immediately upon completion of a scene when the student’s work is broken down and documented for increased understanding and development.
About Marvin Karon
Marvin Karon is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education and the Ontario Institute for Studies In Education (OISE). Equally at home in front of a camera or the classroom, he played the recurring role of Headmaster Killerby in the YTV series The Zack Files, a program on which he also served as acting coach. He has appeared in work for the CBC, CTV, Global, Showcase, TVO, CBS, HBO and NBC in projects such as Knight Rider, Paradise Falls, The Newsroom, This Is Wonderland, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Rookie Blue as well as feature films such as Charlie Bartlett, The Rocker and Blindness. His teaching credentials include camera classes at the Actors Centre, the professional development wing of the British actors’ union; Humber College and the ACTRA Members’ Conference. He is the Executive Director of Shakespearience Performing Arts, an interactive workshop which goes into schools across Ontario and England.
It was clear that the course was painstakingly planned. It was incredibly thorough, unbelievably detailed and so sophisticated. Thank you for asking so much of us and making us aware of how good some film acting can be.
Ben Warwick, The Actors Centre, London England
Marvin really knows what he’s talking about and vividly communicates the fun and challenges of finding, practicing and refining a good acting technique. Highly recommended.
Ron Lea, Star of Doc; This is Wonderland, The Best Years
Marvin is an incredible teacher — smart, caring and tough. His on camera acting classes completely changed the way I approached that medium and made me infinitely more confident…
Caissie Levy, Star of Broadway’s Hair, Wicked, Lez Mis
I have found the things I learned in Marvin’s class to be incredibly useful and the tools and techniques I picked up after studying with him are things I still use in an audition situation or in front of the camera to this very day.
Jonathan Keltz Star of HBO’s Entourage; Reign; The Republic of Doyle