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Audition and Screen Acting Technique in Prague, 15-17 July

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Three-Day Master Class

Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of “Secrets from the Casting Couch,” offers special Master classes in her home city of Prague, 15- 17th,  July 2011.

Summary: This three day Master Class is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their on camera scene work. The package course includes one meal per day plus a Friday evening dinner. Write to Joel Kirby at application@nancybishopcasting.com, to apply

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, 15th July 2011

10:30                         Meet at venue for welcome coffee and orientation.

11:00                         “Marketing Seminar for International Work”

In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work; how to crack into the US and European markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to develop an effective C.V, chose a key photo for headshots, and create a show reel and website. Casting videos from successful actors will be screened.

13:00                         Lunch at Peperocino (Vegetarian and meat options.)

14:30-17:00   “Archetype Workshop”. Actors should bring their photos and C.V.s for discussion. The class will view and critique one another’s headshots, helping to pinpoint a key archetypal headshot for each actor.

19:00 Special Vegetarian Dinner. Radost FX, Prague’s Premiere Night Club.

Saturday, 16th July 2011

11:00-13:00    Master Classes: “Strategies for Film Auditioning”

13:00-14:00             Lunch (as above)

14:00-17:00             continuation of Master Class. This section targets specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Nancy will assign scenes from a variety of genres the actor will prepare for the following day.

Sunday, 17th, July 2011

11:00-13:00   Master Class “Scene Study”. Actors will further develop auditioning and screen acting                        skills with a “mock casting” by taping and reviewing scenes.

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-17:00   continuation of shooting scenes, followed by critique.

17:00              Farewell drink at the scenic Letna Beer Garden.

Monday, 18th July 2011

Optional Sight -seeing tours available.

About the Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at castings? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. It shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio.  The book will be available for a discounted price of 10 EUR.

About Prague: Meet and work with actors form all over Europe in beautiful Prague, the “Golden City” filled with a thousand spires. The master classes will take place at Vivid Casting Studio in Prague 7, near Letna Park that looks out over Vlatva River onto the city.  Prague is also of particular interest to actors not only because of its rich theatre history (notably with former President/playwright Vaclav Havel) but because hundreds of film makers and large scale studios flock to Prague each year to shoot films. Past films which have shot there and on which Nancy cast include Casino Royale, The Illusionist, and the soon to be released George Lucas film, Red Tails.

MASTERCLASS INFO:

WHAT: AUDITION AND SCREEN ACTING TECHNIQUE MASTERCLASSES IN PRAGUE

WHEN: 15-17 July, 2011 (10:30-17:00)

WHERE: Vivid Casting Studio. Frantiska Krizka 1, Prague 7, Czech Republic.

COSTS: Early Registration: Workshop fee: 325 EUR. Prices includes lunch  on Fri, Sat, Sun (Vegetarian and meat options) and Friday night vegetarian dinner. Price also includes a link to your scene work after the course.

Price after:  June 1st, 2011 Workshop fee: 375 EUR

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to class organizer Joel Kirby at application@nancybishopcasting.com. Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment.

Study Screen Acting Technique in Paris

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ancy Bishop, Casting Director and author, comes to Paris to promote her book, “Secrets from the Casting Couch,” and to teach classes and seminars.

THREE DAY SCREEN ACTING +AUDITION CLASS

Day 1: MARKETING FOR INTERNATIONAL WORK. In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work, highlighting how to crack into the US and UK markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to create an effective, eye-catching C.V, chose a key photo, and create a show reel and website. Actors should bring their photos and C.V.s for discussion.

DAY2:  SCREEN ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASS: Actors participate in a series of practical exercises that develop effective methods for screen acting. Material covered will include learning how to calibrate a performance for close-up vs. wide shot, playing an inner monologue, playing reaction shots and playing in the eyes. All participants will receive a free copy of “Secrets from the Casting Couch.”

Day 3: AUDITON STRATEGY: This class will target specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Actors will also do a casting session on camera with coaching from Nancy. All participants will get a free copy of “Secrets from the Casting Couch.”

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Hellboy, Bourne Identity, and Wanted and Prince Caspian. She has been teaching casting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US, and the head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film. She is a member of The Casting Society of America, and the International Network of Casting Directors.

About the Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at castings? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. It shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio.

Time: 11:00AM – 17:00PM

Date 21-23 January 2011

Cost for one master class: 330 euros
Included in cost will be a copy of Secrets from the Casting Couch.

How to register: The class is limited to 14 participants so please register soon.

Please contact: jclucchesi@gmail.com (English speakers) or agencerosylary@free.fr (French speakers)
Jean-Christophe Lucchesi 33 (0)6 10 67 28 08 / Rosy Allary 33 (0)1 43 53 23 27 – 33 (0)6 11 95 46 21

To register please contact:  agencerosylary@free.fr

Nancy presents in New York City

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When: Nov 21, 2010 at 4:30pm
Where: The Network Studios (242 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor) map
Event Cost: 89.00

THIS EVENT FILLED IN MINUTES.  PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITLIST. THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE WE WILL BE ADDING ANOTHER SESSION!!! To register please visit: https://thenetworknyc.com/product/show/pid/2531

The Network is amazed to be able to offer a ONE NIGHT ONLY event with the exceptional Emmy-nominated International casting director Nancy Bishop, at the Network for a combined FREE extended Q and A, lecture and book signing of her new book, Secrets of the Casting Couch and an on-camera cold film audition course, limited to fourteen lucky actors.

At the combined Q and A, book signing and lecture, Nancy will offer insights from her book Secrets of the Casting Couch, a practical workbook focusing on the craft of film acting as well as using today’s technologies to further your career. After the book signing and Q and A, fourteen talented actors will have the opportunity to work with Nancy, on-camera, on preselected film sides from one of Nancy’s many upcoming film castings.

This film intensive will take your career to the next level with practical hands-on solutions to common cold read audition problems, while focusing on ways to market your career using modern technology and the Internet. Do not miss your opportunity to meet and train with Nancy, a casting director ahead of the technological curve, on the look out for undiscovered NY actors for her wide variety of projects which most recently include, Mission Impossible: IV, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, The Omen, The Illusionist, Eurotrip and Bourne Identity.

When: Nov 21, 2010 at 4:30pm
Where: The Network Studios (242 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor) map
Event Cost: 89.00

THIS EVENT FILLED IN MINUTES.  PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITLIST. THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE WE WILL BE ADDING ANOTHER SESSION!!!

The Network is amazed to be able to offer a ONE NIGHT ONLY event with the exceptional Emmy-nominated International casting director Nancy Bishop, at the Network for a combined FREE extended Q and A, lecture and book signing of her new book, Secrets of the Casting Couch and an on-camera cold film audition course, limited to fourteen lucky actors.

At the combined Q and A, book signing and lecture, Nancy will offer insights from her book Secrets of the Casting Couch, a practical workbook focusing on the craft of film acting as well as using today’s technologies to further your career. After the book signing and Q and A, fourteen talented actors will have the opportunity to work with Nancy, on-camera, on preselected film sides from one of Nancy’s many upcoming film castings.

This film intensive will take your career to the next level with practical hands-on solutions to common cold read audition problems, while focusing on ways to market your career using modern technology and the Internet. Do not miss your opportunity to meet and train with Nancy, a casting director ahead of the technological curve, on the look out for undiscovered NY actors for her wide variety of projects which most recently include, Mission Impossible: IV, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, The Omen, The Illusionist, Eurotrip and Bourne Identity.

To register please visit: https://thenetworknyc.com/product/show/pid/2531

MICROSOFT COMMERCIAL, OPEN CASTING CALL

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CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT
MICROSOFT COMMERCIAL
Shoots in Prague: 24-28 Oct, 2010
Roles:
CLAUDE: Can be any nationality. Comic. Lead Role. 20s or 30s. He is very awkward, and always says or does the wrong thing. He desperately wants to be liked, but people avoid him. Need accomplished, funny actor who is physically and comically talented.
DANA. American. Mid 30s, mid- higher lever Executive. Smart, capable, not afraid to speak her mind.
ROB. American. Mid 30s. He works for Dana. Smart, nice, helpful, honest normal guy.
LIZA. American. Early 20s, study-abroad college student. Pretty, sweet, warm. Not modelly
MOM+ DAN. American. Liza’s parents. 50s. Normal wholesome Americans. Conservative types
ANNA. American. Early mid 20s. Cool and funny. Good looking and funny. Mary-Lynne Rajskub type.
DAVE. American. Her friend and also early 20s. Good looking, stylish, social, likeable.
THIEF. Any nationality. Steals laptop computer. Must have driver’s license and be able to ride Vespa.
*Fee Structure:
CLAUDE, 18,000kc/day + 120,000kc buyout
DANA, ROB, LIZE, MOM, DANA, ANNA: 18,000kc/day + 40,000kc buyout
DAVE, THIEF: 6,000kc/day + 20,000kc
*PLEASE NOTE ALL FEES INCLUDE AGENCY FEE!!!
Casting Info:
Where: Prague Film School Annex Building
Pstrossova 15, Prague 1, 4th floor
Near Narodni Divaldo tram stop or Narodni Trida Metro
Time: 10– 18:00
Date: Monday, 18 Oct
For info please call Misa Formanova: 723 704 659
Callbacks will be: Tuesday, 19 Oct.
To answer the below question: Yes, non-Americans can come if they can do the American accent.

AUDITIONS FOR PRAGUE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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Prague Shakespeare Festival 2011 Season Artistic Company Auditions

WHERE: Prague Film School, Pstrossova 19, P1
WHEN:Sunday October 10th 2010 (Attic Studio in main building) from 13:00 – 16:30 +
Monday October 11th 2010at the (Acting classroom in annex building) from 17:00 – 20:00 
PRODUCTIONSAs You Like It and King Lear  
PRODUCTION DATESApril 14 – May 1, 2011 in Houston, TX USA and May 11 – 29, 2011 in the Czech Republic.
(Czech actors will be travelled to Texas for rehearsals starting 7 March)
FOR INFORMATION: contact Artistic Director Guy Roberts, 
guy@pragueshakespeare.cz

All actors should bring a photo and resume and present one memorized
Shakespeare monologue, performed in English, not exceeding 2 minutes. Actors
should be prepared to stay immediately following their audition in the event
they are called back for Rehearsals for the production will begin March 7,
2011 in Houston, TX. This project is an international collaboration between
the Prague Shakespeare Festival, located in Prague, Czech Republic and the
Classical Theatre Company, located in Houston, TX.

Callback sides from As You Like It and King Lear will be provided for all
actors who are called back. All auditions will be videotaped. Actors who
have previously worked with PSF or Guy Roberts and who are interested in
casting opportunities may contact Guy Roberts directly, bypassing the
general audition and schedule a callback. All others must come to the
general audition and then be invited to callbacks.

All artists selected for participation in the production will be paid
minimum of 4.000cz per week for a total of ten weeks of work (40.000cz).
Individual artists may be offered higher weekly salary commiserate with
experience and scope of work performed. All housing and transportation
expenses to Houston, TX will be paid for by the producers.

All actors will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Designers and
Stage Managers may also come to the open call to submit resumes and
portfolios. Designers and Stage Managers must submit a portfolio and/or
resume that can be taken to Houston for consideration by the producers.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Prague Shakespeare Festival presents professional theatre productions,
workshops, classes, lectures and other theatrical events, of the highest
quality, conducted primarily in English by a multinational ensemble of
professional theatre artists, with an emphasis on the plays of William
Shakespeare, bringing to the Czech Republic, European and World audiences
performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and
eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges
and possibilities of today.

VISION STATEMENT

Presenting high-caliber, classic yet cutting-edge English-language
performances of Shakespeare’s timeless, cross-culturally relevant work by a
dedicated ensemble of multinational theatre artists is the core of our
artistic mission. The Prague Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to presenting
to the Czech, European and World community a vibrant professional
Shakespeare theatre, essential in shaping Prague’s global culturally dynamic
landscape.

VIDEO OF SAMPLE FILM ACTING CLASS

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Please register for film acting and Meisner class. Early registration gets a discount, please see below blog entry for details.
Here is a sample video of one of my introductory classes:
http://vimeo.com/14698138
Thanks Jean-Christophe Cader for shooting this video, and thanks to Emma Denny, Stewart Moore, Maithili Tideman, Kearstin Plemel, Dharma Khasla, Monika Gutherova, and Elizabeth Russell for being my students.
NB

Boy Actors needed

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Looking for 8 yr old boy actors for feature film shooting in Prague in oct. BOYS MUST LIVE IN PRAGUE. Please send photos to casting@nancybishopcasting.com no later than 16 Sept, 2010.

FINAL AUDITION BLOOPER WITH CHIP PERSONS- the accent problem

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Another bad casting. What’s wrong with the picture?

THE DIALECT PROBLEM. I see a lot of resumes with several accents listed. I’m always suspicious of actors who have mastered so many dialects (although of course, some have.) The point is, only list the accents that are native to you or that you really have learned, under the direction of a coach. Accents are specific. When you come to the audition, you’ll be expected to know the specified accent on that day.

AUDITION BLOOPER #5, CONFUSION ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS

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MORE IN THE SERIES OF INTENTIONALLY BAD AUDITIONS

This type of thing happens with novice actors, new to the process, but even experienced actors need to think about orienting themselves in the audition process before entering the room. No one will do it for you. Figure out where you’ll place the other characters you’re talking to and place them near the lens of the camera so you have a good eye line. There will most definitely be a reader there (either the casting director herself or an assistant.) Some actors prefer to look at the reader, but it’s not necessary as long as you have a good eye line near the lens.