“THE (rehearsal) ROOM” CHALLENGE

By Richard Sarell | Online Classes

Jan 06


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.)


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.


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

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