Film/TV I – On-Camera Technique


Film/TV I of our Truthful Acting Conservatory Program adds the skills needed to apply your truthful life specifically to film and television projects.

During this semester, we will be exploring the technical layer needed to adjust your performance on-set and bring your life fully to the camera.

  • Late Teens & Adults - Must be 16 years or older to enroll
  • Prerequisite: Completion of the Master Meisner Program
  • Begins: TBD
  • Class Length: 28 classes / Twice per week
  • Class Days: TBD
  • Class Times: TBD

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Forming a solid acting process is the first step to creating rich life within the character we inhabit. It’s essential to have a full amount of life under the surface, and to have the ability to express that life when needed.

However, many actors struggle with the technical layer that exists on top of that life. An actor needs to understand the medium and genre of the production they are in to best convey the story to the audience. The technique varies from stage to commercial to television to film.

During this semester, we will be exploring the technical layer needed to adjust your performance and bring your life fully to the camera.


Film/TV Basics: From on-set terminology to set etiquette, you will learn the basics to navigate in the film world.

Storytelling Through the Lens: Understanding the edit process and how affective stories are created.

Emotions On-Camera: Learn to apply the emotional work of acting to the technical layer of the camera.

Stillness and the Close-Up: Learn to work within the varying camera shots and how to adjust your performance the closer the camera gets.

Performing On-Camera: Apply the tools learned to performing on-camera.


This class will be intensive in nature and will require homework. Students will be required to complete at-home technical assignments to better understand the film process. Because of the rapid progression of the work in this class, attendance is of the utmost importance.

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Mental / Analytical
Craft / Technical

Film/TV I will focus heavily on the Mental/Analytical and Craft/Technical aspects of the work, as we develop the skills needed for on-camera work. In addition, we will also apply the Psychological and Emotional layers to the skills we learn in order to deliver the strongest performance possible.

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