Scene Study Fundamentals
Students will work on scenes designed to help them find the key to being spontaneous and alive in front of the camera; explore techniques which will facilitate their ability to work moment-to-moment; enhance listening skills to make responses authentic and imaginative; clarify objectives; utilize tried and true methods designed to enable one to be present and totally “there” right off the top of a scene. This class will also focus on scene analysis and teach aspiring professionals how to make interesting, compelling choices to enhance the effectiveness of their work. Every class will give participants the opportunity to work in front of the camera and all scenes will be recorded and thoroughly analyzed in a safe and nurturing environment. Improvisation will be used to deepen actors’ connections to the scene and scenes will be reshot to develop the participant’s ability to be open and truthful under the challenging conditions of a television or film set. The workshop focus as well on what’s unique about each individual actor, helping participants recognize what they bring to the camera as an actor, and identify those things no one else has to offer. Topics also include the difference between frame sizes, and learning to hit marks.
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