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FAQS: Actors

  • Why should I study on camera acting techniques?

    The first team courses will enrich your knowledge of screen acting. You will receive knowledge, practice and professional experience in front of the camera. It is absolutely fundamental to receive this kind of training if you want to work professionally in front of the camera. We want you to give your best performances in front of the camera. Talent is not enough. There is certain technical knowledge that you must understand and master, including and understanding of lightning, camera movements, marks, lenses, types of shots…

    Actors with a deep knowledge of on camera acting techniques will enrich films and the filmmaking process. They will integrate on sets with other professionals and offer creative ideas and proposals to all the different departments.

  • What am I going to learn from First team On Camera Acting Techniques?

    You will learn:

    1. the correct way to read a text and how to adjust the text to your needs in each specific line of the monologue or scene.
    2. to speak the text in a correct way in Spanish or English.
    3. to choose the intention of the character and how to understand the subtext with a point of view. Make choices for your character without contradicting the text.
    4. how to make your performance the most interesting, entertaining and compelling.
    5. to find the conflict in every scene and give them dramatic dimension.
    6. how to build the character arc.
    7. to play different characters in front of the camera and be able to be “natural” in the close-ups.
    8. how to be 100% ready to handle your responsibilities as the acting department.
    9. to understand why you sometimes have problems with your memory and how to fix it.
    10. how the camera and the lighting works.
    11. how to listen to the other actors in front of a camera.
    12. understand the writing process of a script and how to create dialogues.
    13. have the tools available for you to analyze a film as a professional.
    14. to value producers and appreciate their job.
    15. to respect, understand and appreciate the role of every single department in the film making process.
  • What does it mean to act in front of a camera?

    Performing in front of a camera is to choose the intention, wish or aim of the character and to make those things part of ourselves in fictional and imaginary circumstances, always with credibility.

    Our self-confidence and the development of our communicative capacities are the basic pillars of our performances. Actors must continue to learn to fully understand theirs characters. Regarding training, actors have to develop a basic methodology to be able to absorb, learn and memorize different human behaviors, paying attention not only to the people who speak but also to those who just listen. If an actor studies themselves and other people they will develop a priceless imagination to give a “natural” performance. (learn more about this field in the book “La técnica del actor de cine” Editorial Cátedra, Assumpta Serna).

  • How do I fight my fear of the camera?

    En la materia Práctica en Interpretación Cinematográfica first team, al trabajar delante de la cámara desde el primer día, encuentras tus propias resistencias y tu propio método para sentirte “libre” en un medio desconocido. Aprendes a conocerte a tí mismo, a saber qué necesitas para sentirte cómodo en cada oportunidad, ya sea para obtener el papel en un casting de cine o en castings para series, o en el momento en el que el director dirá “acción”. Harás de la cámara tu mejor aliado para aprovechar al máximo tu expresividad. Las horas prácticas de observación de tu trabajo, ejercitará en cada uno metodología básica para desarrollar la propia inmaginación y creatividad, obteniendo la codiciada "naturalidad" para trabajar en el cine. (Puedes encontrar más información sobre este tema en "La técnica del actor de cine" Editorial Cátedra, Assumpta Serna.)

  • Why do I need to see myself in front of the camera?

    The first team courses are designed to allow every actor to see and analyze their performances. We will watch your work in front of the camera together. This will allow you and the instructors to discuss and identify your strengths and weaknesses; and, it will help you develop your natural skills. You need to see yourself in front of the camera for many reasons. You will become aware of your image on the screen. It will allow you to analyze the impact of your performance. You will better understand how an audience receives your emotions. Watching yourself will help you to identify the best choices you make, which are useful and which ones are not useful. It will give you understanding of the images that are useful for you and the ones that help you communicate better to the audience. You will learn to identify the actions and images that enrich your performance giving your character more versatility, personality and subtext. You need to see your work in front of the camera because it will improve your acting techniques. You will better understand the use of light, make-up and sound and will learn to respect the work of all the other departments: technicians, producers, directors, screenwriters, make-up artists, hairdressers and costume department.

  • Where is the limit between me and the character? Where does the character start?

    A diferencia del teatro, los pensamientos se ven, el susurro se escucha, los ojos dicen… Trabajando enfrente de la cámara, empezarás a comprender las limitaciones físicas que como personaje proyectas y podrás utilizarlas en tu propio beneficio, profundizando en el abanico de personajes que tu físico determina.

  • Who will be interested in ICFT -“First Team On Camera Acting Techniques”?

    • Theatre actors who wish to improve their on camera acting techniques.
    • TV actors who want to get rid of their “TV acting clichés” because they want to regain freshness and spontaneity.
    • Commercial actors who want to learn the “intentions” of characters.
    • Dubbing actors who want to learn how to use their voice with a real and spontaneous image of the character.
    • Actors that want to learn how to play new and different kinds of roles.
    • Young actors who want to give the best of themselves in front of the camera.
  • What will I get after being trained in FIRST TEAM?

    1. Your performances on a digital HD master.
    2. A new best friend: The camera.
    3. Knowledge to judge your own work.
    4. The ability to identify what you need to keep improving your acting.
    5. Understanding of the filmmaking process.
    6. You will know how long it takes you to be ready to play a role.
    7. The discovery of another type of communication, and, you will learn how to be the audience’s accomplice.
    8. You will feel part of a team, respect and understand the effort, professionalism and work of the other departments.
    9. Understanding that there are no good or bad performances, actors make either strong or weak choices.
    10. Understanding that actors who take risks and make brave choices have more chances to give brilliant performances.

“Everybody has something beautiful inside and a fascinating world inside of them to be discovered”

Assumpta Serna, fundadora y directora de first team.