Acting Advice From Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro Acting Advie
Robert De Niro

Acting Advice From Robert De Niro

This clip from the Actors Studio with Robert De Niro says a great deal about minimum movement, one of the staples of Screen Actors System. Remember to enforce the basic standards of class as you prepare your scenes for this week. Bring the new students into the system and pass along your own knowledge.

That will make YOU stronger, and you are doing your fellow actor’s a service.
Work hard guys. Put in the time this week in you rehearsals and really push yourselves. I want breakthroughs this week!

IMDB BIO

Robert De Niro, who is thought of as one of the greatest actors of his time, was born in New York City in 1943 to two artists. He first gained fame for his role in Bang the Drum Slowly(1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Mean Streets (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. In 1974 De Niro received an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Cape Fear (1991). He won the best actor award in 1980 for Raging Bull (1980). De Niro currently heads his own production company, Tribeca Film Center, and made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale (1993).”

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

Screen Actors System Blackmagic Camera

Screen Actors System Blackmagic Camera

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Rig

Say hello to Screen Actors System’s new little friend, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. This is the new rig we will be shooting reels and in-class exercises on. Finally a camera that is manageable in class and shoots in a full cinema format! And I am super excited about the new DaVinci color correction system that I got to go along with it. THAT is a huge game changer. Same system that Hollywood uses and now, Screen Actors System has it!

 Here’s the description from Blackmagic’s website…

“Elegant, sophisticated and jam packed with the latest digital cinema technology, Blackmagic Cinema Camera gives your work that timeless feature film look! Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF or Passive Micro Four Thirds lenses, LCD touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design! There are two exciting models to choose from depending on the lens mount you prefer!”

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera

DaVinci Resolve Color Correction System

DaVinci Resolve Color System

“Invented in partnership with Hollywood studios, DaVinci has been the standard in post production for over 30 years. DaVinci Resolve is the real time grading system that’s been used worldwide on more feature films, episodic television productions, commercials, independent films and music videos than any other. DaVinci color correction is the difference that makes high end work so breathtaking!”

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/color

Screen Actors System Is Back!!!

SCREEN ACTORS SYSTEM IS BACK!!! See you all at the Hampton this week.

Read all of this GOOD NEWS BELOW…how to make up missed class if you are not back from winter break / TWO FREE CLASSES FOR EVERYONE [Past and present members both included]!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT class your reels from last cycle will be passed out this week (remember it is the first week of your new cycle and payment is due for WED NIGHT class this week as well).

MONDAY NIGHT class, its on tomorrow. You guys need to bring it strong.

I know my most hardcore and dedicated students will be in class this week and I wanna see some copy that’s on this post!

The good new is about Wednesday day class (2pm at the Hampton this week).

GOOD NEWS IS Wednesday day class is free for all past and present members this week and next. Bring your scene partners. Use them as make up classes or as extra time on the path. No excuses for those of you who are tight on money. These next two Wed day classes are FREE! (Wed day regulars you are on week 3 in your cycle–so you got a free week as well).

Now let’s all make a new years resolution to not let excuses/laziness/lack of focus and proper training steal another year.

Its time to live the dream guys. It does not get any closer. You have to run to catch it now.

Sprint. Like its getting away. Because in this race if you are not running…the dream is going to pass you by.

You can afford to be in this class because you can not afford to waste any more time.

HERE’S TO 2014! The year Screen Actors System becomes legendary!

Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa.

Ryan R. Williams BBC Radio Interview

RYAN R. WILLIAMS BBC RADIO INTERVIEW

MERRY CHRISTMAS GANG!!! As you look forward to your goals for the new year, here is a bit on inspiration. I regaled the Wednesday Night class with tales about breaking into Hollywood in my early days in LA. I’ve attached a link to a BBC Radio interview I did about some of the bold shenanigans that opened the doors for me. I put it on youtube last night just so you could all hear it.

You will all get a kick out of watching this link. Fortune favors the bold!

Be bold, be in class and be ready to cash more checks then you write from your acting. HERE IS TO 2014!!! IT IS THE YEAR OF SCREEN ACTORS SYSTEM!!! And when we shoot our feature film, win major festivals, get distribution and make working actors of you all…this class will be the stuff of LEGEND!

Our story is about to meet it’s inciting incident. The readiness is all…see you next year.

Ryan R. Williams BBC Radio Interview

‘This a 2003 BBC radio interview featuring director Ryan R. Williams. It details the filmmakers’ freshman exploits breaking into Hollywood. This International press story, written by Guardian Observer London journalist, Tim Cooper and adapted into the forthcoming feature film, “Making Abbey Singer.'”

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Text Analysis Class

TEXT ANALYSIS INTENSIVE in day class this Wednesday!

Black Magic Cinema Camera
Black Magic Cinema Camera

FREE TO ALL MEMBERS. Come at 4pm! OR…come and do the entire class at 2pm if you have a scene to put up (we will be doing scene study at the top of class in the afternoon class on Wednesday). WANT ALL THE MYSTERIES OF YOUR SCENES/SIDES REVEALED? Then come at 4pm and the second half of class and I will enlighten you. You will never look at a script the same way again. I am giving you guys opportunities for extra study while I can. So take advantage of this before the Wed day class is full in the new year and I am not able to open it up like this (you may also use Wed day class as a make up class if you miss one, until mid January or so). WEDNESDAY CLASS WILL BE OPEN TO ALL WHO CAN MAKE IT AT 4pm for the text analysis/asst. storytelling deep clean!!! I will be breaking down a scene and you all will have copies that I will provide. And if you want to do the entire class feel free to come at 2pm and bring a scene (or an auditor, don’t forget by offer–if you get two people to join you will get a cycle on me)! PS: We are NOT shooting in Wed class this week! We will have to carry forward that make up shoot until next cycle, we will be shooting on the last day of the cycle, so not this week, but next week. I am waiting for a new camera to arrive in January for that extra shoot, I’d rather shoot on the new 4k Black Magic. It will be sweet!