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Acting for Film, Television and Theatre: Introductory Course

Create and develop, powerful, dynamic and authentic characters for any acting medium in 12 effective steps.
4.6 (29 ratings)
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97 students enrolled
Created by Jeffrey Meek
Last updated 3/2015
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Jeffrey Meek's Acting for Film, Television and Theatre is a powerful step-by-step course to guide actors from the script to the screen and stage, creating fully realized, dynamic and authentic characters.

Whether you are preparing a television audition, playing Shakespeare or just starting out, Jeff offers a simple way to break open your characters and bring out your best performance. Learn from one of Hollywood's successful professionals who is determined and prepared to lead you toward your highest goals as an actor.

The course is structured so that each lecture addresses a specific requirement in breaking open a character. Following each lecture is a screenshot lesson to give specific examples of each step so you clearly understand how to apply the lesson to your own script. There is also a short quiz to help review the major concepts following each lecture. It's recommended but not required to follow along with your own monologue or scene. The course should take no more than several hours to complete.

Jeffrey Meek has over 36 years experience as a professional actor, writer, director, and acting teacher in virtually every genre. Jeff currently teaches classes at his studios in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara, California, as well as, privately online via Skype with students from all over the world. As the lead actor in many movies, five television series, scores of episodic television and over a hundred stage plays and musicals, Jeff has had the privilege to work with hundreds of actors, playing opposite such greats as Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Mickey Rourke to Bonnie Hunt, Kurt Russell, Kelly McGillis and Matthew Morrison. Jeff has learned from some of the greatest directors and studied with the best coaches in the entertainment business, and is here to share his wealth of acting knowledge with you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Acting for Film, Television and Theatre is meant for anyone interested in more effective acting from beginning to advanced actors looking for more power and authenticity in their work and auditions.
  • This course is for anyone who wants to be better at the craft of acting, not for actors looking for ways to break into show business.
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What Will I Learn?
Create characters using a powerful, dynamic, simple and authentic technique.
Break open a script or monologue from any acting medium.
Build confidence as an actor and performer.
Audition with more autheniticiy and power.
Have an in-depth understanding of what's required for complete and compelling character analysis.
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  • You should be familiar with either Microsoft Word or Pages and I recommend following along with a monologue or scene choice of your own, but this is not required.
Curriculum For This Course
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What Am I Going To Learn?
3 Lectures 28:12

Questions and Answers: Where do I start as an actor?
Approaching The Text
5 Lectures 47:22
Overall Objective: If my character's life depended on it!

1.Overall Objective – What is the most important aspect of your overall objective? How do you determine if you have the right overall objective?

Overall Objective Quiz
2 questions

Scene Objective: What do I want now?!

Scene Objective Quiz
1 question

Obstacles: The physical, mental and emotional background of the character

Obstacles Quiz
3 questions

Substitution: To whom am I speaking?

Substitution Quiz
3 questions

Inner Objects: What does that person, place, event or object mean?

What are the four categories of Inner Objects? Why are Inner Objects important to the actor and the character?

Inner Objects Quiz
2 questions
The Text: Breaking Open The Character
6 Lectures 46:19
Beats, Actions and Tactics: What are the tools to get me what I want?

How does one go about brainstorming a Beat to arrive at the appropriate Mini Objective? What is the point of mini objectives?

Beats, Actions and Tactics Quiz
2 questions

Moment Before: The energetic and emotional setup

Moment Before Quiz
2 questions

Doings: Acting is doing

Doings Quiz
2 questions

Inner Monologue: What I can't say out loud

Inner Monologue Quiz
3 questions

History: The biography of my character

History Quiz
3 questions

Let It Rip!: Playing is not practicing

Let It Rip Quiz
1 question
A Little Professional Advice
1 Lecture 05:13
Auditioning: Some dos and some don'ts
In Closing
1 Lecture 01:05
About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
29 Reviews
97 Students
1 Course

Jeffrey Meek has over 36 years experience as a professional actor, writer, director, and acting teacher in virtually every genre. He currently teaches classes at his studios in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara, California, as well as, privately online via Skype with students from all over the world. Jeff is dedicated to creating an environment for beginning and professional actors to have the freedom and support to reveal their true potential. He has created a simple and proven approach to acting where beginners and seasoned veterans receive a powerful support system to try new things or hone material, regardless of style or period. Whether you are preparing a television audition or playing Shakespeare, Jeff is determined and qualified to lead every actor toward their highest potential.

Jeff is also the co-artistic director of PlayFest Santa Barbara, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of new plays, musicals and audiences. PlayFest Santa Barbara stages professional theatre readings workshops and promotes original new plays, musicals and adaptations of classics by emerging and established writers.

Jeff"s film acting includes starring opposite, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in “Heart Condition", with Academy Award winners Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman and Forrest Whittaker in “Johnny Handsome", and opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis in “Winter People". His television work includes starring in the CBS prime-time series, “Raven" and the CBS late-night series, “The Exile". He also played the duel roles of Rayden and Shao Khan in the TNT series, “Mortal Kombat Conquests". Jeff began his TV career playing Quinn McCleary on the daytime series, “Search for Tomorrow", and, most recently, was in Bulgaria playing opposite Julie Benz in the thriller, "Taken: The Sophie Parker Story". He also played “Craig Montgomery" on “As the World Turns" and has starred in numerous “Movies of the Week", mini-series, pilots, as well as, many guest star appearances on episodic TV.

Having performed in over 100 plays and musicals, Jeff has enjoyed playing such commanding roles as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory Theatre, Jim Morrison in the Doors musical, “Celebration of the Lizard", produced by Doors co-founder and keyboardist, Ray Manzerek, at The San Diego Repertory Theatre and the title role in Shakespeare's “Coriolanus". Jeff also played the lead role of Markus in the west coast premier of Rob Ackerman's dark comedy, “Table Top", at the Laguna Playhouse, starred as Mack the Knife in San Diego Repertory's production of “The Threepenny Opera" and, most recently, starred as Thomas Novachek in the hit, “Venus in Fur" at San Diego Rep. He has received two Dramalogue Awards. Jeff graduated with a bachelors degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He's studied acting with Ivanna Chubbuck and Cameron Thor.

Jeff has also been writing for most of his 30 year career. He co-wrote the Bobby Darin biography, “Beyond the Sea", starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth. For more information Google Jeffrey Meek.

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