Film and TV Showreel Making weekend workshop high school students
From 04-05-2018 to 06-05-2018
Drama With A Difference is one of Australia's leading, independent drama schools. With a history that spans more than twenty years, it is also the launching pad of many successful Australian actors. Our students have appeared in major lead roles and support roles in high profile international feature films, Australian television series, advertisements and professional theatre productions. If you navigate our website, you will find bone-fide names of actors who began with us, as well as a comprehensive list of most of the the TV shows, movies and theatre productions that our students have appeared in.
This course is open to all high school students, regardless of whether or not they wish to become actors. Students seeking fun, self-esteem, and confidence are as welcome on this course as are aspiring actors.
Nevertheless, if your teenager IS a budding young aspiring actor who wants to get started in the industry, this is the ideal course for them. We will not only be teaching extensive film and TV techniques, but will also provide interested students with a "Showreel" at the conclusion of the course.
A Showreel is an essential part of any actor's tool-kit. It is a very short amount of the actors work on film, that we can organise to have uploaded to a password protected site on the internet for you. If you are then approaching an agent for your child, you will have something to show of your child's ability, type, look etc... by giving the said agent a link to the Showreel on the internet. The advantage of this is the fact that the best agents usually only take actors whose work they have seen.
Even if the Showreel does not result in obtaining an agent (and we will give you a list of reputable, ethical ones only!), you can still promote yourself directly to casting directors; we will provide their details as well and explain how the industry works in this respect.
18 years and over Performance Class
From 13-02-2018 to 22-04-2018
This is a class that teaches performance skills. Every student is placed in a scene, (or possibly two scenes), which they rehearse throughout class time. This is done under expert guidance, and the teacher directs the scene for you.
After the initial classes, there is a short performance season in THE MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL. We enter the festival as a Recreational Group of Performers, so no prior experience is required. However, this course is also suitable for those who do have some prior experience.
Ages 18 and over Recreational Weekly Classes
From 25-01-2018 to 29-03-2018
This class is open to those 18 and over who wish to simply have fun while learning drama. There are no expectations to reach a certain standard of acting and the class is open to beginners.
Drama Classes benefit recreational students in the following ways
- Provides a safe, nurturing environment to explore one's creativity
- Offers an insight into what professional actors do. (For those who are interested)
- Provides a space to meet with like-minded people and make new friends.
- Offers great skills for anyone who needs to do upfront presentation as part of their work.
- Provides one of the best forms of stress release available for adults!
- Gives you a weekly opportunity to have loads of fun without expected outcomes.
Students will learn
- Improvisation (coming up with ideas on your feet, along with others)
- Voice work (will naturally be incorporated into the class, without being a formal aspect)
- Movement - not dance, but movement in terms of character movement
- Script work. Later in the term/year, students will work on short scenes together. There is no pressure to learn these scenes- it's entirely up to you!
- Increases confidence and self-esteem for shyer course participants.
- Offers a free environment for outgoing personalities.
- A starting point for anyone thinking about taking acting further at a later stage.
Students in this class have the benefit of being taught by a veteran actors of stage, screen and TV, who is also an experienced acting teacher. He teaches in a gentle, safe manner that is ideal for anyone who needs to experience greater confidence. HIs valuable insights into acting are also great for those who are thinking about taking acting more seriously at a later stage.
Primary School Ages weekly acting class Kew
From 24-01-2018 to 28-03-2018
This is a class runs every Wednesday in Kew from 4pm - 6pm. during term time. In Term 4 the children will also take part in a low-key performance for friends and family.
Students will learn the skills of drama in a fun, nurturing, supportive environment.
Subjects will include -
Movement - (not dance as such, but in terms of how characters move)
Self-devised scripted work
The teacher has an extensive background in theatre and is also a fully qualified primary school teacher.
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Teenage Thursday Acting Class in Kew
From 25-01-2018 to 29-03-2018
This is a weekly drama class for teenagers aged 12- 17. It takes place in Kew on Thursdays from 5.15pm - 7.15pm during term time.
Students will be performing a play this term.
The subjects that are covered in this course include:
Movement (Not dance as such, but movement for characters)
Some script devising
Devising stories and short plays based on a theme.
Kids' Film and TV Showreel Weekend Workshop Kew
From 17-03-2018 to 18-03-2018
This course will be held in March.
Drama With A Difference is one of Australia's leading, independent drama schools, with a solid twenty year history. We also have a reputation in the industry for training excellent child actors, and several of our primary school aged students have been cast in major lead and supporting roles in Film and Television.
This course welcomes all children, including those who want to use drama for recreational purposes (such as building confidence, making new friends, having fun etc...) however it is also especially useful for budding young actors.
Aspiring actors will have the opportunity of having a professionally edited "Showreel" made for the at the conclusion of the course. This will be of them doing a monologue. (or solo piece). The advantage of having a "Showreel" is that parents wishing for their children to be professional young actors can show this reel (via the internet on a password protected site, which we will explain) to potential agents and casting agents.
The best agents tend not to take on actors when they have not seen something of their work. This is the advantage of having a "Showreel" and we will also provide interested parents with a list of established, ethical children's agents and casting directors.
Kids will also have the opportunity to come up with their own scripts and ideas. They will learn voice work, character creation, movement, improvisation - applying all these learning processes to a monologue that they will be given for filming.
As the workshop continues, we will improve on this monologue, and make the best filming of it the one that parents will have a chance to see. (At the conclusion of the second day). This session will also be a question and answer one for parents who want to know more about how the industry works.
Weekly drama classes for TEENAGERS Mondays at Clifton Hill
From 29-01-2018 to 19-03-2018
Drama With A Difference is one of Australia's leading independent drama schools - established for over twenty years. It is the launching pad of many successful actors, and offers classes for aspiring actors as well as those who want to use drama for recreational purposes.
This class is open to secondary school students, and requires no previous experience.
Teenagers can attend classes on Mondays at Clifton Hill from 5.30pm - 7.45pm
Building A Character
Movement - Not dance, but movement for characters
We have taught many young people who have gone on to become very successful actors. In some cases, our direct industry contacts have helped young actors secure agents, and casting agents contact us on a regular basis when looking for teenage actors. Our current and past students credits include
Film: Wolf Creek, The Dressmaker, Dirty Deeds, X-Men, He Died with A Falafel in His Hand, Welcome to Whoop Whoop, Summer Coda, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Amy, The Dead Letter Office, The Oyster Farmer.
TV: Nowhere Boys, House Husbands, Underbelly, Satisfaction, Gallipoli series, Offspring, Neighbours, Home and Away, Sea Change, MDA, Last Man Standing, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Rush, Winners and Losers, House Husbands, The Secret Life of Us, City Homicide, Crash Zone, Ocean Girl.
Theatre: The National Theatre of Great Britain, London's West End, The MTC, La Mama, Bell Shakespeare Company, Musicals - Mary Poppins, Rent, Wicked, Scrooge, Rent, Cats, The Australian Opera.
This course is open to aspiring young actors, but we are equally committed to teenagers who want to use drama for self-esteem and confidence. Drama is a great tool for young people to have in life, regardless of aspirations.
Children's Weekly Saturday Drama Classes at Clifton Hill
From 27-01-2018 to 24-03-2018
Children's weekly Saturday drama classes- AGES 7 to 12 at Clifton Hill.
Place is 3 Council Street Clifton Hill
Time is 9am - 11am each Saturday
Term 1 starts in January and has very limited spaces.
The students will be taught
Upfront Presentation Skills
All of which will be taught in a nurturing environment by our teacher Paul O'Leary. Paul has a strong background in theatre, and is also a fully qualified, working primary school teacher.