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6 Signs Your Acting Class is Destroying Your Film Career

As a working film and television director, I have to clean up the messes that outdated actor training creates on set. Here are some classroom practices that I firmly believe are harmful to the film actor. If you see any of this going on in your current acting class, I want you to run!

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Screen Actors System at Cannes International Film Festival

Screen Actors System member and award winning actress, Marianne Bourg, will be presented at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival this May.  “Snake Eyes,” a Baldo-Bretow Film, stars Bourg as Sloane Markum, a woman who seeks revenge on her husband’s killer.

Recently winning “Best Actress” at CMF Hollywood for her role, Marianne will walk the red carpet at the invitation-only Festival De Cannes in the beautiful French Riviera.  The thriller, “Snake Eyes,” will be in the running for the coveted Palme d’Or in the festival’s annual “Cannes Court Mètrage” against professional and independent filmmakers from around the world.

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Hollywood A-Picture Training with Screen Actors System

There are numerous acting classes in Los Angeles that provide outlets for performers, but it seems as if there is only one  that is specifically designed to give actors the necessary training for grabbing parts in Hollywood A-Picture films and that is the Screen Actors System.  The system is helmed by director and cinematographer Ryan R. Williams who bases his teachings in simplicity and his view from working behind the camera.

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Ryan R. Williams 4 Hour Class Will Make You Camera Ready

Ryan R. Williams’ approach to on-camera acting is radical in its simplicity. “I come at acting from a very practical, real-world position,” says the director-cinematographer, who was asked three years ago to teach a conservatory for the Screen Actors Guild while shooting a feature film. Intimidated and uncertain, Williams made a decision that would lead to the creation of his now-popular classes: “I just brought in the camera we were using to film the movie and decided to talk about the things that bother me about actors.”

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Ryan R. Williams Nominated

Ryan R. Williams nominated by Backstage for LA’s favorite on-camera teacher in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! Ryan R. Williams shares his nomination with Anthony MeindlCarolyne BarryTed Brunetti of Howard Fine Studio, and Chambers Stevens.  Here’s what Ryan said on Backstage.com after hearing the great news!

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Auditor Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Screen Actors System Auditor Challenge Winners, John Manison and Stephanie Panisello!

John Manison
John Manison

 

The Screen Actors System Auditor Challenge has been won by members, John Manison and Stephanie Panisello. They had the highest amount of auditors sign up for class and are now on-going students, congrats!  They are going on the journey with us to become the best film actors in the industry. Not only did John and Stephanie win a free 4 week cycle of acting class, they will also star in an original short, shot by director and coach Ryan R. Williams. The short will be filmed at  Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

 

The Ranch has been used to film  numerous movies and television shows since the early days of cinema. From 1992 to 1997, Paramount Ranch was used as the setting for the television show, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, so it’s the perfect location to shoot, seeing as how it’s going to be a “Western”.  The short, entitled Bertram and Nettie will be set in 1890 in a post apocalyptic western town.

Stephanie Panisello
Stephanie Panisello

We’re set to shoot on the 27th of this month and today in preparation, Ryan and John took a little trip to Western Costume in Hollywood.  The warehouse supplies costumes and costuming supplies to the film and TV industry. It’s one of the oldest businesses in the industry, the company outdates any studio or production company currently in operation.

 

 

 

 

The Stand Off Short Film

The Stand Off Screen Actors System Wednesday Day Class Reel Shoot.

James Lake and Suzanne LaChasse in The Stand Off Short Film.
James Lake and Suzanne LaChasse in The Stand Off Short Film.

Thanks to the Wed day class for all your focus that day. Your clips look fantastic. All of last months clips are looking outstanding, I am a big fan of our new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. World class. Ambitious shoots to come for everyone in Screen Actors System!

The Stand Off is one of the clips from the Wednesday Day class shoot with James Lake and Suzanne LaChasse, they are both taking multiple classes and it shows. To be able to keep your cool in all that chaos and come out on top, shows an enormous about of professionalism. They use the System and it works for them.

For all you night class folks who are jealous of the level of coverage we get to shoot in day class, just know this…you are free to take it in addition to your night class for an additional $100 dollars per month. If you are looking to expand your reel, I would definitely do that.

 

And The Oscar Goes To…

And The Oscar Goes To…

What did you guys think of the Oscars? Here is Screen Actors System’s official Oscars selfie!

Screen Actors System Official Selfie
Screen Actors System Official Selfie

What were your favorite movies? Do you agree with the winners?

Here is the COMPLETE list of nominees and winners from this year’s Oscars.

Best Picture:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Gravity”

“Her”

“Nebraska”

“Philomena”

Official Oscars Selfie
Official Oscars Selfie

“12 Years a Slave” WINNER

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Her
Her

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” WINNER

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Director:

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” WINNER

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor:

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” WINNER

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” WINNER

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Original Screenplay:

“American Hustle”

“Blue Jasmine”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Her” WINNER

“Nebraska”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Before Midnight”

“Captain Phillips”

“Philomena”

“12 Years a Slave” WINNER

“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Animated Feature:

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2”

“Ernest & Celestine”

“Frozen” WINNER

Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club

 

“The Wind Rises”

Best Foreign Feature:

“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium

“The Great Beauty,” Italy WINNER

“The Hunt,” Denmark

“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia

“Omar,” Palestine

Best Visual Effects:

“Gravity” WINNER

“The Hobbit: The Desolation”

“Iron Man 3”

“The Lone Ranger”

“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Cinematography:

“The Grandmaster”

“Gravity” WINNER

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby

“Nebraska”

“Prisoners”

Best Costume Design:

“American Hustle”

“The Grandmaster”

“The Great Gatsby” WINNER

“The Invisible Woman”

“12 Years a Slave”

Best Documentary Feature:

“The Act of Killing”

“Cutie and the Boxer”

“Dirty Wars”

“The Square”

“20 Feet from Stardom” WINNER

Best Documentary Short:

“CaveDigger”

“Facing Fear”

“Karama Has No Walls”

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” WINNER

“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Best Film Editing:

Gravity
Gravity

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Gravity” WINNER

“12 Years a Slave”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

“The Lone Ranger”

Best Music (Original Score):

“The Book Thief”

“Gravity” WINNER

“Her”

“Philomena”

“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Music (Original Song):

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”

“Happy” from “Despicable Me”

“Let It Go” from “Frozen” WINNER

“The Moon Song” from “Her”

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Best Production Design:

“American Hustle”

“Gravity”

“The Great Gatsby” WINNER

“Her”

“12 Years a Slave”

12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave

Best Short Film, Animated:

“Feral”

“Get a Horse!”

“Mr. Hublot” WINNER

“Possessions”

“Room on the Broom”

Best Short Film, Live Action:

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)

“Helium” WINNER

” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

“The Voorman Problem”

Best Sound Editing:

“All Is Lost”

“Captain Phillips”

“Gravity” WINNER

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“The Lone Survivor”

Best Sound Mixing:

“Captain Phillips”

Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips

“Gravity” WINNER

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Lone Survivor”

 

The Oscars 2014

The Oscars 2014

The Oscars 2014
The Oscars 2014

If you need any more inspiration to fully pursue your acting training while watching the oscars, just think of this… Several short months ago Jes Selane started acting for the first time in Screen Actors System. I just saw his Sprint commercial during the Oscar broadcast. I SALUTE those of you who have filled Screen Actors System’s classes to the brim the last few cycles.

I am proud of our members’ recent series regular bookings, dozens of national commercials shot, the television guest stars booked and countless indie feature film leads in the can. I am most proud that the actors who started their acting training with me seem to be booking the most. They follow the system I teach and they are getting incredible results.

I PITTY those of you who have taken time off. All of you.

I PITTY those of you who have not joined yet.

I PITTY with love. I have no other way to say it. What were you thinking? You have likely wasted this time. Fix it. Get your

Anthony Petaros of Screen Actors System
Anthony Petaros of Screen Actors System

butt in Screen Actor System. I am showing you the way to make your dreams come true. It is that simple. This work is important.

It takes a couple years for those of you who have bad habits from your past training coming into this process–but you will become a great actor in my class. For those that are new to acting, you will succeed much faster. That just means people with previous training need to work even harder. But the sad fact is they usually don’t.

Contact me if you would like to get on the wait list for a full class and or to attend one of the classes that we still have seats in.

Michaella Vu of Screen Actors System
Michaella Vu of Screen Actors System

I believe in your ability to do this, because you are a human being. All that you need beyond that is guidance, technique and marketing tools…oh, and the total dedication it takes to SHOW UP.

PASS this message along to any actor you believe in. Believe in yourself.

In Screen Actors System, you get the best of all that you require. So where will you train this year?

HERE ARE SOME LINKS SO FOLKS CAN CHECK OUT A GLIMPS OF WHAT WE DO WITH REELS.

This first clip is from a student who has been in Screen Actors System Las Vegas all year and is now in LA. This is her demo reel consisting of clips shot in class. She put it together in her own style and I am proud to see so many others putting their reels together now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYnWWAIvqZ0
(One students reel we shot in class)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAPVlcUfy00
(Class Preview)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tsf_SQKrww
(A monologue we shot for reel with everyone in the Monday class, Tony had a lot of bad habits from Drama School to break to be able to do this work).

Screen Actors System Preview
Screen Actors System Preview

Are you in or out? I for one can’t wait to shoot the damn Act Club feature. Sound to good to be true? Your telling me. I have an army of properly trained actors now in two great cities.

As Ever,
Ryan R. Williams
213-804-5285
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1482650/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Ryan R. Williams

Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice

Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice

Here’s a video of Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice. “Act wherever you can… it’s always about the work at the end of the day.”

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July

Philip Seymour Hoffman

23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen’s finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz‘s Happiness(1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson‘sMagnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and the upcoming Mission: Impossible III (2006).

Hoffman is also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard‘s “True West” and as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill (I)’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. His other acting credits in the New York theater include “The Seagull” (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), “Defying Gravity”, “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by Peter Sellars), “Shopping and F*@%ing” and “The Author’s Voice” (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings” and “Jesus Hopped the A Train” by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and “The Glory of Living” by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company.

Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role.

On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in an apartment in Greenwich village, New York. Investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and two open envelopes of heroin next to him. Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was age 22. In 2013, he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood