NEW Covid-19 Virus Discounts
The Covid-19 crisis is affecting all us in many ways. Isolation is making many of us “Stir-Crazy”. It also is affecting all of us financially, especially if we are not able to work online from home. To help our Acting Lions and other actors wanting to keep busy and keep their skills improving we are offering New Discounts and Class changes to help fit your time and budget.
Like many of you, we thought this time off at home would allow us to catch up on all those projects piling up in the “corner” waiting to get done. But it seems we are busier than ever just trying to keep up. Here is the latest update on prices and the class structures.
” PTS’s transition to virtual classes has not just been seamless, but great preparation for the coming world of virtual auditions and self-taping. ” – Wayne Henry
ONLINE ZOOM ADVANCED ON-CAMERA CLASS: Was 8-weeks $695 Now 6-weeks $495
ZOOM INTERMEDIATE/BEGINNING ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASS: Was 7-weeks $395 Now 5-weeks $295.
ZOOM MASTER CLASSES: Was $325 Now $295 for a 4-week month.
COACHING: One Hour Was $125 Now $105 In-Class Rate Was $115 Now $95 – with appropriate reductions to the Discount Coaching Packages
One of the hidden benefits of the online classes is the absence of having to schlepp class from home or work with your props & costumes. This is saving up 90 minutes each way on their commute to class. This allows more time to prepare and be ready to go before class.
How Are We Doing?
The Good News is the Online Classes are working so much better than anyone could have expected. This is partially due to everyone being so willing to adapt and “go-with-the-flow”. Thank you for that. It has also been greatly aided by ZOOM being so aware of our needs and how their app is being used by all of us. They have been updating and improving ZOOM almost daily to match our needs. I will be attending a free Zoom Webinar on how to use all the new features later today.
Classes On ZOOM
ZOOM ADVANCED ON-CAMERA CLASS – 6-weeks – $495
We thought this would be the most problematic because the class was set to start 2 days after we started isolating. We had to scramble to rework things. With the SHARE SCREEN feature we are able to show videos of the different technical aspects of on-camera technique such as Camera shots, framing, and hitting your marks, eye lines, handling props, and working inside the frame, etc. The actors can work off each other “in-the-moment” by scene partners “Pinning” each other while the rest of the class and Penny and I used “Speaker View”. Speaker view brought up the person talking is full screen and switched back and forth between the 2 actors in the scene like an edited film scene. We are also able to record these scenes for playback and further critique and adjustments.
To be honest, at first there was a lot of resistance by the actors, which is completely logical and expected because they had signed up and paid for a class in our fully equipped studio. Fortunately, they were willing to adapt and give the process time to work as we all learned and grew with it. It worked better and better each week.
The bonus came when we were able to do the GREEN SCREEN CLASS thanks to ZOOMS virtual backgrounds. The actors we able to do all the complicated green screen shots that took place in the cockpit of our spaceship. And then I was able to put them side by side in the cockpit reacting to the world they were living in and each other in the final edited version with its special effects.
When Jeffrey Dreisbach, co-owner of McCorkle Casting attended the final class he was able to give the actors feedback and direction on their scenes and then watch the scenes played back for a final critique just as if he we in the studio for a “normal” class. The result was, everyone stayed for the full 8-week class and was thrilled with the results.
MASTER CLASSES Now $295
It is much the same story for the Master Classes. All our Master Class actors stayed in class for March & April and we have added actors from around the world that would not be able to attend class in our NYC studio. The actors also love the Virtual Background Option which the environment of the location where the scenes were taking place. We had Judy Henderson as a guest for the final week of April which focused on Film Auditions. She absolutely love the way the classes worked on ZOOM.
BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASS 5 Weeks $295
This was probably the easiest class to adapt because it is about actors learning and using the structure that Stanislavsky gave us. Both Penny and I have been teaching these concepts online for many years in a private coaching format. Once the actors accepted the fact, we were online instead of in person everyone did well. The actors are all joining our next 6week Advanced On-Camera Class
We pioneered Online Coaching, so the switch to all coaching being online is seamless. Even Self Tape auditions work very well. With Zoom’s Pin Screen option and full 1080 recording capabilities Self tapes can be coached and recorded right on Zoom. Either both the actor and we can record the audition to be edited and submitted.
Online Class Can often be More Effective
One of the interesting things we have discovered by doing everything online is how it brings us back to the basics of acting. Playwrights give wonderful beautiful language, plays and characters to explore. In the end it boils down to how specific we are with the myriad of details each situation offers us. The more specific, and varied these choices are the more the scene resonates with the truth of what is really happening in any scene. These shows up in the actor’s thoughts and emotional life as they bring the character to life. They are revealed in the actors face and eyes. In the online classes we are not distracted by the room, blocking, props and other obstacles. We are focused on the actor and is what is happening to them moment to moment in the scene. And ultimately scenes are not about the words but rather what is happening to the characters. I love being able to now concentrate on the subtle moments that separate the great actors from the good actors.
There have been rumors that TV & Film production might be starting up again sometime in July. We are doing everything we can, to provide a safe place where you can work on your craft and be at the top of your game when casting begins again. We are also open to your suggestions on how we can best serve your needs in this difficult time.
Please help us spread the word on how effective Online classes really are.