The Craft of Green Screen Acting Intensive Workshop
Date: Sat, April 8th & Sun, April 9th
Time: 10am – 5pm
Green Screen: “It’s one of the biggest changes in the acting profession since the advent of talkies.”
Don Steinberg, Wall Street Journal June 19, 2015
When Penny and actor, Ramon Rodriguez coached on his character, Leo Spitz, Shia LaBeouf’s college room-mate, in the feature film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Penny became intrigued with the acting work that Ramon had to dig into in order to bring his character alive in front of green screen. He had to imagine each transformer in different environments and “see” and “react” to them. After the film was shot, one of the most interesting aspects Ramon shared with Penny, was how the CGI guys loved his reactions to the transformers, especially the actions he used, which inspired the CGI guys to make the transformers react to his character. In the meanwhile, because she realized the challenge of the technical aspects and the difficulty of the acting skills required, Penny started to brainstorm how she could bring this new technology into the studio’s acting classes. “I wanted the actors to learn the craft of Green Screen acting before they got on a set.”
“I wish they had green screen classes!” Hayden Christensen while filming Star Wars.
Our journey into green screen began with a piece of green material hung on a wall and a simple editing program. Our first green screen scene was from the movie, Anchor Man, in Penny’s Master Class. In 2012, we added a night of green screen technique to the Advanced-on Camera Class. We kept learning and growing, adding huge swaths of bright green fabric that covered our full stage, new lights and a top-grade editing program. Then we started adding more complex scenes to the Master Class: Interview with a Vampire, Warrior and Treasure of the Sierra Madre, where we shot all the scenes sitting around a campfire that we built on our stage with logs and a red siren light covered with burlap.
One of Penny’s dreams has been to offer full length green screen classes. This first Workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, the weekend of April 8th – 9th. This in-depth intensive will concentrate on specific camera techniques coupled with the acting techniques and exercises for green screen, necessary for the highest level of work. This class is available to all trained, serious actors who want to take their work to the highest plane. Nowadays it’s not only outer space and dinosaurs; an actor might find themselves in a small green room with only a table and camera shooting a dinner scene, that takes place in a busy upscale restaurant. The actor must create a very specific world using their imagination: environment, noise, and other patrons to make us believe. The ability to create strong a strong visual image, and great sensory experiences, as well as knowing about eye-line and spacial relationships is crucial for the modern actor. Don Steinberg, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was working on a piece on the importance of acting for green screen and CGI in the film industry. In addition to interviewing actors, directors and producers, he wanted to talk to teachers that taught actors green screen acting techniques. After researching, he found Penny Templeton Studio was the only acting studio that taught actors how to work and act on green screen. He sought us out, and spent and spent 5 hours at the studio, as we taught the craft of green screen to our Advanced On-Camera Class. He then included our studio in his article: Actors and Visual Effects: How to behave on a Green Screen – by Don Steinberg Wall Street Journal
We have invested in new state of the art equipment that allows us to shoot scenes that show the actors in the green screen environment, (for example, a space ship, the surface of Mars, or flying a jet). After a period of working with our new technology, we are ready to the bring green screen technique work to all our classes. More importantly, removing the time-consuming editing process allows us to immediately see the actor’s work projected on our movie screen for learning purposes. It also allows the other actors in the class to watch the scenes being shot on set, in front of a green screen, and yet view them on the separate monitor in the scene’s environment in real-time. All of this provides a more complete learning experience for the actors. After all, as Penny says, “If you’re not prepared for the craft of green screen, trying to learn it for the first time on set, could be the actor’s nightmare.”
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PENNY TEMPLETON Acting Teacher, Coach, Director, Author; Penny Templeton’s artistry is the culmination of four generations of theatre actresses. Although Penny was warned by her family not to go on the Stage, she embraced her legacy and began performing and studying under such masters as Paul Sorvino and Wynn Handman. Highlights of her career include starring in Joyce Carol Oates’ I Stand Before You Naked at the American Place Theatre, and as Paul Sorvino’s wife in All The King’s Men. She started teaching in the early 1990’s, and opened the Penny Templeton Studio in Manhattan in 1994. Ms. Templeton was selected by Columbia University’s School of the Arts to teach ‘Acting for the Camera’ to third year MFA students. Her book on the craft, business and art of acting, ACTING LIONS has been referred to as “The Actor’s Bible” and is received rave reviews in the industry. Her unique teaching methods and techniques have garnered awareness and recognition from the press as well as industry peers. Most recently the Wall Street Journal highlighted her On-Camera Teaching techniques in its article on the importance of Green Screen in today’s films. She has appeared on ABC News, as well as broadcast media outlets in the US, Great Britain, Canada & Australia as an expert commentator on the craft of Acting. Her articles on acting have been published in national magazines, and she was called upon to be a finalist Judge for the New York Film Festival, Emmys and Cable Ace Awards. Her directorial credits include the Off Broadway show, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, as well as the one man shows: F Train, Idiot’s Guide to Life and I Stand Before You Naked. She is featured in Ronald Rand’s acclaimed Acting Teachers of America, and Glenn Alterman’s book, Promoting Your Acting Career. Ms. Templeton works and Skypes regularly with actors in Theatre, Film and Television in New York City, Los Angeles, throughout the United States, and all over the world. She has recently produced her Facebook Live Stream series on the craft of acting, airing Wednesdays at 5pm EST on the Penny Templeton Studio Facebook page. Penny teaches her Master Class, Advanced on Camera and coaches actor on set, for theater, auditions. and coaches and records self-tape auditions.
Teaches Camera Technique, Script Analysis, Beginning Acting Technique and Memorization for Actors and Private Coaching at Penny Templeton Studio. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hank immediately began working Off-Broadway in the hit show “Your Own Thing.” His 50 years of theatre experience include Off Broadway, Regional Theatre, and National Tours. He has worked with stars such as Richard Gere in “Awake and Sing,” Jose Ferrer in “Cyrano,” and John Raitt in “Shenandoah.“ He was nominated for a Carbonal Award in the Leading Actor category for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” Mr. Schob has also been featured in the films “Cadillac Man,” “Heading for Broadway,” and “Fame.” His TV credits include roles on “All My Children,” “Ryan’s Hope,” “Kojak,” and “Law & Order.” He has also appeared on Good Morning America as an expert commentator on Acting and was casting director for the feature film “The Paragon Cortex.” He contributed chapters on Camera Technique, Blocking and Script Analysis to Penny Templeton’s book Acting Lions.