Penny Templeton has been asked to bring a new acting class to actorsconnection.
Here at Penny Templeton Studio we have been teaching Greenscreen acting since 2012 as a part of our Advanced On-Camera Class, which is now a 6 week ZOOM On-Camera Class. This brings us to the new 2-week Green Screen & Zoom class we will be doing at actorsconnection starting Monday June 22nd.
When we were approached by actorsconnection about doing a class on Greenscreen, Penny immediately saw the value of combining Zoom and Greenscreen into one cohesive class. We are very excited about bringing these new skills to the actors who call actorsconnection home. The possibilities of Zoom and Greenscreen used together are going to change the way films and television shows are shot. CBS has already aired the season finale of All RISE completely shot using Zoom!
The Covid-19 crisis forced us to rethink how we do business. We began the switch to Zoom classes a week before Governor Cuomo put New York City into Isolation mode. Fortunately, we were ready. We have been coaching actors from all over the world using the internet since 2003 and have had actors attending Penny’s Master Class online since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This ability to be part of the class online continued for actors out of town in a show or stuck at home feeling sick, not wanting to infect their classmates, but not wanting to miss class.
As we made the change over to all our classes being on Zoom, it meant not only reformatting the classes for this new venue but also teaching our actors how to use zoom effectively to get the most out of their classes. We immersed ourselves in the world of Zoom and all its tools. This led us to the very useful Virtual Background feature. We soon discovered that when actors had a real green screen behind them, the virtual backgrounds were much more effective. we also learned how to edit 2 actors into the same scene using the greenscreen as well how to block actors for split screen shots, close ups and very importantly eyelines.
As we developed our Zoom skills, we quickly became aware of the parallels between techniques used for Zoom and many of the On-Camera techniques we have been teaching for over 25 years. We also learned that in some respects teaching acting on Zoom could be even more effective than in the studio. Two of the most important things that separate the great actors from good actors are the complexity and specificity of their inner thoughts, coupled with the depth and intensity of their sensory work. In a classroom studio, it is very easy to get distracted by physicality, blocking and inconsequential things watching a live rehearsal. But, when all you can see is the actor’s face and eyes in a close-up, it is much easier ascertain how well an actor is applying these skills. The playback of their work allows the actor to see the effectiveness of new techniques immediately to better understand when they are working and when they are not.
The Actor’s Home Film Studio
One other critically important item that actors must take into consideration moving forward with their careers. Every actor now needs to have their own mini studio in their residence.
ZOOM auditions will become the norm with casting directors will be able to give you notes and adjustments just like you are in the room. This will not only be for film and television but theater auditions as well. McCorkle Casting will be doing this year’s Regional Theatre EPA’s using zoom. Production companies will soon begin to have actors shoot scenes from their homes as they discover the cost savings and the quality the finished product. This is already being done for Industrial Films. All of this new technology will all raise the bar on the quality required for self-tape auditions. Actors need HOME STUDIO as of NOW!
Building Your Studio on a Budget
- COMPUTER or PAD: Capable of using the full range of ZOOM options including Virtual Backgrounds
- HD WEB CAM: [if the one in the computer is not at least 1080×720 HD]
Webcams cost $25 to $200 depending on features, [It must be HD at least 1080×720]
- GOOD LIGHTING: Umbrella light kits can be purchased for under $75 and simple Clip Lights with white parchment paper will work
- GOOD SOUND: Lavalier mics are online for under $25 Note. If you only have one port for a head set with a mic, you will need speakers and an adapter that has inputs for mic and speakers or headset [Some mics come with an adapter]
- GREEN SCREEN: A flat greenscreen background is a must. Actual greenscreen cloth will run $9.95 to $50 depending on size If you don’t have a flat wall to pin it to, you may need to get a green screen with a stand (under $100). You can also find green table cloths at Party City and green paper about 24″x30″ at Michaels to make your own greenscreen
NOTE. The links to equipment are for informational purposes only. No recommendation or guarantee is implied.
This is a very exciting time for our business actor sand we are thrilled to be helping actors get ahead of the curve. We are looking forward to building a strong working relationship with actorsconnection.
These are exciting times! Let us all focus on the possibilities open to us rather than the momentary annoyances that can distract us.