All Classes and Coaching at Penny Templeton Studio
are Now ON-LINE until further Notice
How Can Actors Put This Forced Vacation to Good Use?
The COVID-19 Virus outbreak growing more serious by the minute. More businesses and productions are closing down every day. The entertainment industry is being particularly hard hit in many ways. Actors who depend on extra work and co-star roles to pay their rent are now out of work. And with restaurants ordered to only be open for take-out orders, waiting tables & bartending, the most popular “day jobs” for actors, have suddenly disappeared.
The government hopes to have the Corona Virus under some sort of control as quickly as possible. Businesses Film & TV Production, Broadway, Sports, restaurants and other activities that put people in proximity could start back up in anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.
With this involuntary layoff how can actors put this time to good use? This is the perfect time for actors to be in class and perfecting their craft without interruption. Our Acting Lions have successfully booked over 120 series regular roles, appeared in over 50 Broadway shows and starred in over 100 Feature Films. We want them to continue booking without any interruption when this is over.
We began adding technology about in February, as the danger of a pandemic from the Corona Virus first started to come to the public’s attention. Fortunately, we have our previous experience with on-line classes to call on.
In 2003 Penny Templeton Studio pioneered coaching actors on set all over the world, when we coached one of our actors working on set in Australia. Since then we have coached actors in London, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, Tokyo, Beijing, India, Melbourne, Canada and most of the 50 states.
In 2012 we added classes to our on-line experience when Hurricane Sandy crippled the tri-state area. With subway and path tubes flooded, transportation was almost non-existent in Manhattan below 34th street for weeks. With only a few actors able to physically attend class in our studio needed to quickly adapt. How do we put our classes to the internet? We quickly learned how to connect all our homebound actors on-line, so they could see everyone in the studio and everyone in the studio could see them. We were able see all the actors at the same time or isolate one actor’s image on the screen. This capability allowed actors miles apart to do a scene together! This whole process was an instant hit with our Acting Lions.
We continued to use this process during winter storms and hurricanes in subsequent years, and have further adapted it so that actors can attend class when they are sick or traveling for personal or business reasons. One actor was able to stay in class for 2 months while doing a show in Florida.
In 2018 our Script Analysis class became our first full time class to be offered on-line. Adapting entire acting and on-camera classes on-line is a natural progression that we jumped at.
Our Advanced On-Camera class presented a unique problem since scenes are shot with 2 cameras to teach very specific, advanced on camera techniques employed by leading film and television, that allow them to “take stage” inside the frame. We adapted, by having the actors position themselves in the frame of their camera shot on their computer and adjust the eye lines to match the techniques we are working on. The ability to record these scenes and play them back for notes and adjustments, coupled with our vast video library of scenes showing very specific camera angles and framing, we are able to share these techniques with the actors in the on-line class.
We are looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that have been placed before us. The title of Penny Templeton’s book ACTING LIONS – UNLEASH YOUR CRAFT I TODAY’S LIGHTNING FAST WORLD OF FILM TELEVISION AND THEATRE says it all. It adapts the great techniques of Stanislavsky, Meisner, Chekhov, Hagen, Strasberg and Adler for very practical application in today’s increasingly demanding, fast paced world of acting. Taking her approach to acting and our classes on-line seems like the most natural thing we could be doing.
There is an unexpected and interesting aspect to our classes now being on-line. Our former Acting lions, who have not been able to attend class because they live too far away, can now rejoin their class. And, now actors from all over the United States, or the world for that matter, can now enroll in classes and work right beside our New York actors.
Our first On-Line Advanced On-Camera Class was held Tuesday March 17th followed by the debut of her On-Line Master Class on Wednesday March 18th and Beginning /Intermediate Acting Technique Thursday March 19th and the Script Analysis Class returns April 8th. Our Acting Coaching On-line will continue for Private Coaching and Audition and Self Tape Audition Coaching.
For actors interested in learning more about how our classes are structured, how Penny and I work, what we are like and importantly how well classes work on-line our FREE Sample Acting Classes are being offered On-Line in April
For more on Penny Templeton Studio please go to our website. www.PennyTempletonStudio.com