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Acting In Film
Advanced on-camera acting
with Edward Dennis Fogell

Next session TBA
2:00pm - 5:00pm*
8 Weeks

So, you've either mastered the basics of performing for the camera, and you're ready to put your skills to the test, or you need to advance to a more professional level of training under the guidance of an actual film director on a film set?  Then this is the class for you! This workshop gets you out of the classroom and see what it's like on a real film set, plus at the end of the workshop you will get some great footage to add to your demo reel!  This class is the one you've been searching for!

As a student in this class, you'll get to choose a scene you'd like to perform and then get personal direction during rehearsal so that your performance is the best it can be.  Then, when we shoot your scene, instead of just taping you on stage with a cheap camcorder, we'll actually take you out on location and record your performance with professional gear.  Finally, once the class is over, you'll get an edited clip that will look just like a scene from a feature film, and will be the perfect addition to your demo reel!

If you're just about ready to make the leap into film and TV acting, this class will prepare you with essential skills such as:

-Appearing natural on screen
-Creating a consistent performance
-Staying in character, even when shooting a scene out of order
-How every member of the crew operates, and how it relates to you, the actor
-Knowing how to adjust your performance for a close-up, medium shot or establishing shot
-Creating a relationship with your co-stars
-Staying calm on a high pressure set
-Keeping your line delivery fresh, even on your second, fifth or tenth take
-And more!

To ensure that everyone gets a chance to record a scene and get high quality direction, space in this class will be limited to no more than 10 students.  This is a very popular class so don't wait to the last minute to book your spot!

This class is designed for students who already have some basic training or experience in acting for the camera.  If you're looking for a good starting place, check out our class: "The Actor & The Camera"

*During the first 3-4 weeks of class, while students are rehearsing scenes, we will stick to the 2:00pm-5:00pm schedule.  During the second half of the session, once we begin recording your scenes, shoots may be scheduled to start in the morning and run through the evening.  Make sure after the third week of class, you keep your Sundays entirely open. Up to 2 additional weeks of class may be added if we are unable to finish shooting every scene by the initial ending date.

For refund and cancelation policy, read our F.A.Q. section.

Edward Dennis Fogell - Artistic Director/Instructor

Received his training from such renowned institutions and acting coaches as Ted Liss School of Drama/Chicago, Victory Gardens/Chicago, CES/Los Angeles, Michael Shurtleff/New York, Geoffrey Conners and David Perry, Royal Academy of Dramatic arts/London, to name a few. Ed recently completed co-staring in "Word Alive" with Matthew McConhaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Selleck plus he has been cast as a series regular in a new Netflix series to be shot here in Chicago later this year.   Some past television credits include the NBC soap opera "Generations", "Lady Blue", "Crime Stories", and "Unsolved Mysteries." He recreated the historic 40s-50s mob figure "Willie Bioff" in "The Projection Racket" for the BBC. Feature film credits also include "Time Was," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award & LA Telly Award winner "It Takes A Lot Of Light To Make A City," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Award winning "Last Days In Chicago," the indie gem "Sitting On The Fence," Co-Starred in the action feature thriller, "Dead Air," plus countless stage productions including "Lt. Weinberg" in "A Few Good Men." Some of you out there in the industrial, audio/visual markets probably already know Ed, or at least have seen his rugged exterior in many corporate, training films & commercials for the Motorola Corps, Sears, RCA, National Safety Council, and national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines,  Kellogg & Miller's Lite Beer, to name few.

Ed has directed numerous theatre productions, features & made-for-television films, including,"Paradise Lost, Paradise Found". "In The Air Tonight" and "Detective Story", produced, directed and performed in many musical variety shows through out the United States, which includes the "Arie Crown theatre," "The Park West" and "Civic Opera House" here in Chicago and on the international set, musical show revue in Hawaii, Japan, Korea and the Republic of China. Helped co-found the "Screen Actors Academy" in La Jolla, CA. Ed frequently serves as a judge and Chairman of the judges in the "Miss Teenage Illinois," "Miss Illinois" and "Mrs. Illinois" beauty pageants.

Finally we would also like to mention that Mr. Fogell is on the board of directors at Complete Video & Film Productions as well as president of Worldwide Entertainment. Ed possesses a refreshingly honest, no nonsense approach to the method, coupled with an unequaled passionate affection for his students and commitment to helping them fulfill their dreams.

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