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Jan 06

“THE (rehearsal) ROOM” CHALLENGE

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

"THE ROOM" CHALLENGE

Shoot your own scene from the cult classic "THE ROOM". Some think this is the worst movie ever made.  Your challenge is to HAVE A HEAP OF FUN and re-shoot a scene from it to make it as real and believable as possible.

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"THE (rehearsal) ROOM" CHALLENGE IS ONGOING.  You can enter at any time.
There is no cost because it is all just for fun.


The Challenge for You 

The concept was started in 2018 when two actors turned up for a private coaching session at The Rehearsal Room. They brought a scene from the “The Room”. Their goal was to see if they could play it as straight drama and make it believable. They had a one-hour booking and after 45 minutes rehearsal we shot it. (They were still carrying their scripts.)

HOW DO YOU DO IT? THE RULES ARE ...

Download the script, choose your scene and shoot it.  Shoot on whatever camera or phone you like.  Submit it as a .mov or an .mp4 file to Richard@rehearsalroom.com via WeTransfer.com 

If your scene for "THE (rehearsal) ROOM" CHALLENGE conforms to these simple rules (see below) it will be uploaded and added to the collection.

THE RULES ARE ...

1.    Ideally the scene is recorded in one shot

2.    A maximum of two edits are allowed with in the scene to tighten the sequence (if required)

3.    No set is required.  You can shoot it in elaborate set if you wish or simply shoot it in a rehearsal space.

4.    Actors are not required to have learnt the script BUT as the aim is to be as believable as possible being learnt will most likely produce a better result.

5.    The actors' names can be added to the end of the scene in a 3 second caption (and the director's name - if relevant).  NO OTHER CREDITS OR LOGOS should be present.

6.    You must have fun.

7.    If you wish you can include a short one-minute video discussing what was the most fun or what premise you used for your shoot. (The publication of your work on this site will be at the discretion of The Rehearsal Room.

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Why take on the challenge?

1) It is fun

Part of The Rehearsal Room philosophy is that acting should be fun.

2) It is simple to do

The actor's job in the view of The Rehearsal Room is to tell the story and be believable.  This script provides an entertaining challenge to fulfill both those tasks.

3) To make sure you are always practising your skills

It is important that an actor keeps working at building skill.  Skill has two components - the first is knowledge and the second is experience.  This is an easy way to build experience and in taking on the task you will increase your knowledge base, too.

4) Define the issues that are important for a scene

Clearly defining the ingredients that drive the story and the relationship between the characters is the key to a good performance.  This script throws up a number of good challenges in both those areas.

5) Practice working at the fast pace required for television

The original exercise was learnt, rehearsed, shot and reviewed within 60 minutes.  Kyahl and Daniel had read the scene a couple of times but hadn't actively started learning it until they arrived at the class.  A key ingredient of the acting skills taught at The Rehearsal Room is making effective decisions quickly.  You don't have to work that way for this exercise but it is important to keep in mind that on a modern set rehearsal times are short and actors need to be able to quickly make big changes to their preparation if they are going to be able to take direction effectively

THIS IS A FUN EXERCISE to challenge your acting skills and keep you working.  Enjoy!!

So ... get going.  Record your scene and submit it to Richard@rehearsalroom.com to become part of cinema history

For some more information about "The Room" click on these links ...

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Aug 30

Online Acting Class

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

Online Acting Class  "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds"

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Duration:

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45% DISCOUNT


Available now

Ten Tutorials in your own time

Richard Sarell

Available for a short time for $220 (full price $490)

VIEW THE FIRST TUTORIAL FOR FREE


When auditioning an actor has two tasks.  The first is to deliver the story.  The second is to create the character.  This Online Acting Class gives you the tools to create a vast range of different characters quickly.  That's what you need when auditioning.  You need to offer a credible character and be ready to change it a lot if the director wants something different.  This course provides practical skills you can put to use instantly when auditioning.

When auditioning an actor has two tasks. The first is to deliver the story. The second is to create the character. This Online Acting Class gives you the tools to create a vast range of different characters quickly. That's what you need when auditioning. You need to offer a credible character and change it a lot if the director wants something different. This course provides practical tools you can put use instantly when auditioning.

This acting class is perfect for the beginner actor and an exciting challenge for the experienced professional.  You will learn to create or change a character in 10 seconds - that's exactly what you need when auditioning.

It is an advanced approach to an online acting class that is clear, logical, easy to apply and you can instantly see results.

There are many exercises for you to build your skills

HOW THE ONLINE ACTING CLASS WORKS
There are
10 video tutorials for you.  Thirty exercises will build your skill plus quizzes to test your learning and many downloads with valuable information.

You can join the six actors who came together to test out these techniques for character creation. We recorded their journey of discovery to share with you. This is a new approach. Share the experience with the actors as they learn techniques that deliver in seconds a clear pathway to creating character.  You will learn with them.  And you can do the exercises, too. 

WHAT YOU GET!!!

Tutorial 1:
THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Tutorial 2:
THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CREATE
A CHARACTER

Tutorial 3:
HOW TO CREATE A CHARACTER
IN TEN SECONDS

Tutorial 4:
HOW IT WORKS

An introduction to the principles, philosophies
and the successes of this process.

Understand the core ingredients of character. 
What makes a character tick is the key
to creating one - these are the core issues. 

A clear demonstration of how practical and effective
this process is.  Watch actors try it out for the first
time and see how amazed they are at the outcomes.

Explains this clear and ... Oh!! ... so SIMPLE approach. 
Heaps of fascinating information
plus 2 extra exercises in this class.

Six more tutorials include -
Tutorial 5: DROPPING IN YOUR 'NEED'; Tutorial 6: LISTENING TO RELATIONSHIP; Tutorial 7: KEEPING IT SIMPLE AND ACTIVE; Tutorial 8: TIPS AND TRICKS; Tutorial 9: THE HISTORY OF THIS APPROACH; Tutorial 10: GETTING IT ALL TOGETHER.

Sophia LightfootActor - Queensland

This is a really high quality course. Its brilliantly presented in a format that is practical, easily accessible, easy to follow and easy to understand and gets rapid results.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE …

  1. the actor's journey of discovery
  2. the questions they asked
  3. the new levels of understanding they achieve

Learn these unique techniques that transform your choices into positive performance outcomes.   Your understanding of how to create character grows in the same way as the actors in the group.

Actors from face-to-face classes share their views

ACCELERATED LEARNING

Everyone wants to learn quickly.  No one wants to waste time.  You need a learning system that explains techniques clearly and that arouses your interest.  This process will excite you to explore more and expand your understandings.  It is an approach to acting and learning that engages your participation and stimulates your imagination.  It is a very effective skill builder.  

HOW YOU LEARN
The quickest way for the actor to learn is to be able to instantly view their own work.  Reviewing a video recordings is 10 times more effective than just being lectured by the teacher.  The Rehearsal Room tradition has always been to shoot an acting exercise in every class. In the online acting classes actors also record their work for assessment.  The actor can follow the detailed instructions to self-assess their video or submit their exercises for personal one-on-one assessment by a professional director.

​Video assessment is the proven key to quickly increasing your skill.

GET ONE-ON-ONE FEEDBACK

In the ‘PREMIER’ format you will have ONE-ON-ONE coaching and feedback.  Just upload your recordings of your exercises for very personal assessment by professional director Richard Sarell.  

GET A COPY OF MY E-BOOK FOR FREE.

Get the free ebook that explains the entire process.

The Rehearsal Room acting process explores 4 distinct skill areas. This online acting class just deals with one of them - the process of 'Creating a Character'. For an eBook that provides an overview of the complete process ...

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** In signing up for the free eBook you agree to receive emails from The Rehearsal Room.

CREATING A CHARACTER IN TEN SECONDS

TEN fascinating video tutorials that explain this process in very practical detail. 

Do more than THIRTY clever exercises that make the techniques clear and train you how to apply them.

There is plenty of guidance about how to assess your achievements and measure your success.  Answer quizzes that expand your knowledge and test your understanding.

​THIS IS THE DO IT YOURSELF KIT!

CREATING A CHARACTER IN TEN SECONDS 
'PREMIER'

Get ALL the video tutorials with ADDITIONAL EXERCISES. PLUS you submit the videos of your exercises for one-on-one expert assessment of your exercises. Personal feedback and video conferences specifically for you.  (You also get feedback on your written exercises).

And you receive a completion certificate to confirm you achievements.

GET PERSONAL ONE-ON-ONE COACHING 

$490 - enroll here​
WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS

You can work on your own and assess your own progress. All the exercises have suggestions as to how you can check whether you are achieving a successful outcome and whether you are making progress. Or you can choose to do the Premier version and upload the video of your exercises to get one-on-one feedback. Or you can start with the self-assess version and upgrade to the Premier version at any time.

I AM READY TO START A JOURNEY THAT WILL CHANGE MY VIEW OF ACTING FOR EVER

Ann TruongRomper Stomper, Hard Target 2, Hunters, Schapelle, Neighbours

"Something clicks in every class. It’s an amazing feeling - knowing that you are going to learn something profound but you are yet to have any idea of what that is until it happens. I return each week excited knowing that I am about to experience this." 



ONGOING UPDATES FOR YOU
Once you have purchased the "Creating a Character in 10 Seconds" class you will receive, free of charge, ALL the ongoing updates that are published for this class.  As you will see in Tutorial 9 The Rehearsal Room continually explores new ways of using these techniques.  This is a natural evolution of the mindset that actors acquire from studying this course material.  The explanations of this process are so clear and practical that actors use their new understandings to experiment with new possibilities.   Sometimes the new understanding they achieve is so practical and so exciting we will just HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT IT.

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A 15 MINUTE ONLINE CHAT WITH RICHARD.  He wants to answer your questions and make sure the course is the right fit for you.

What will be covered in this course?

1) Learn how to build a character effectively

Throughout the history of acting tools that create a character are complicated and vague. These new techniques will enable you to create a believable character quickly. Managing character choices efficiently is the key to being an effective TV actor. You can learn to do it in seconds.

2) Be able to change the character without affecting other content

Character is a separate entity that should be managed in its own right.  You will be able to make huge changes to character if your director or casting director is looking for something different without changing the character's role in the story.

3) Understand how to create a character that audiences like

Casting Directors and Directors know that actors who deliver engaging performances are hard to find. If you can totally engage an audience with your performance, the professionals who want to hire you will instantly recognize your skills.

4) Gain a modern understanding of Stanislavski techniques

This is a no bullshit approach to traditional theories. It cuts through the complexities of other acting processes and explains them in a simple common sense language. You will be empowered by your new understanding of Stanislavski process. This is an acting process that makes sense.

5) Try exercises that develop your expertise

Amazingly effective exercises will both build your skill and expand your understanding.  This is an inventive and productive approach to learning how to create a character.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You are looking for a place to start building professional acting techniques
  • You have trained at a reputable school or university but have never been clear about what makes a character real
  • When the teaching you have experienced kind of makes sense but isn’t clear about what you have to do
  • You feel acting and life can be simpler
  • You sense your acting teacher is just directing you how to do a scene not teaching you how to act

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will make slow progress trying to find a system that works for you
  • Active realistic listening will probably elude you
  • Flexibility to take direction will be difficult
  • You won’t have an acting process that grows with you and for you

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard first discovered the core values of this technique when he was directing drama at the ABC in Melbourne in 1984. In an actor/director workshop run by the marvelous teacher Murray Hutchinson a simple, clear and common sense approach to Constantine Stanislavski’s theories was explained. Richard was captivated by the wonderful practicality of these theories and immediately started exploring it. He also began using it as the foundation of his directing techniques.

After watching Richard direct an actor on the ABC series “Embassy”, experienced British actor Brian Marshall commented, “That was pure Stanislavski!!” Other actors began to notice the difference and soon some began asking Richard to teach them the techniques he was using. Those requests generated what has now become The Rehearsal Room acting school in Melbourne. Over thirty-two years those common sense concepts have continued to develop and evolve.

This is a practical, professional approach focused on delivering the performance outcomes that directors and casting directors are looking for. Unlike any other acting process before it the main focus of this approach is on engaging and entertaining an audience. Actors who can do that are a sought after commodity. Richard loves teaching it. You will love learning it.


IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR YOU MUST HAVE FOUND MANY THINGS THAT INTEREST YOU!!!

IF YOU HAVEN'T DECIDED TO SIGN UP AT THIS POINT THERE MUST BE A  QUESTION YOU DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER TO ...

DON'T HESITATE - EMAIL Richard@rehearsalroom.com AND ASK THAT QUESTION.
If you don't you will miss out on learning something important.    REMEMBER ... there are no silly questions.

For the actor delivering story is as important as creating a character and that will be our next online class

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. This workshop lays all the foundations for a professional acting career.