Acting for Film, Television and Theatre: Introductory Course
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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.
4.5 (65 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
212 students enrolled
Created by Jeffrey Meek
Last updated 3/2015
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll 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.
  • 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.

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 this course is for:
  • 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.
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 02:08:11
+ 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