Film Acting Class for all skill levels
Saturdays 2:00-5:00, located at:
Peter Valentino Productions, 534 North Orange Drive, Los Angeles (Hollywood), 90036
$30 per class, $10 Introductory Rate for your first class
Come explore the art of film acting with instructor Peter Valentino. This 3-hour weekly workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring actors as well as writers, directors and filmmakers to develop their skills through the practice of multi-layered acting, which requires imagining and immersing oneself fully in the world of the character. Instruction includes both cognitive and practical approaches in the areas of improvisation, cold reading, scene study, and monologues. Students learn through practice as well as through observing other students' work.
Improvisation is an important tool used to enhance the actor's imagination and develop the ability to be in the moment within a character, and think on one's feet. Class begins with fun improvisation exercises which encourage actors to work together in the moment to build the characters and the scene.
Cold reading is an essential skill to master for auditions, and builds on the skills of improvisation. In cold reading practice actors learn to make immediate choices about their character, and fully engage with their scene partner to develop a relationship between the characters and build the scene, all without letting reading the script get in the way.
Scene study is the main portion of our training. In class students practice with a scene partner on 2-person scenes from films, and are encouraged to work on their scene together outside of class during the week whenever possible and bring it back to class for performance and further instruction. Once the scene is polished we will often film it, which provides experience being on camera as well as deepening the learning experience through watching the footage and getting the audience perspective.
Scripts for scene study are provided in class, but students are also welcome to bring in scripts they wish to work on.
Monologues can serve as focused individual practice developing a character and are frequently used in the auditioning process to see how deep the actor can go with a memorized, polished piece. Every actor in class is encouraged to develop at least one monologue that can be polished and kept in his/her repetoire for auditions.
Students are encouraged to find their own scripts for monologues, but they can also be provided by the instructor if desired.
Peter Valentino has been a working actor, instructor of acting and music, writer, director, and producer for over 20 years. He began his professional training in Los Angeles with Donald Petrie (Director of Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men, and many others), and with Barry Pearl (from the movie Grease).
In New York City he was a member of an Improv group called The Flying Monkeys, which performed at the famous Don't Tell Mama's in Manhattan. They were an outgrowth of the Chicago City Limits Improv Group, itself founded by members of Second City Improv.
Peter also taught voice and guitar in New York City for over 15 years, and applies his knowledge of vocal music to acting. In 2008 he brought his passion for acting, music, writing, directing and teaching to Las Vegas, where he co-founded the Neon Venus Art Theatre. There he began writing, directing and producing plays for children and adults, in addition to teaching music and acting. He also began providing technical and managerial support for live performances and community events around Las Vegas.
In 2009 he opened a second Neon Venus Art Theatre location in Hollywood, where he expanded his work to include his current Film Acting class and explore filmmaking. In 2013 he parted from Neon Venus to open his independent production company, where he continues teaching and is also currently producing and working as a writer, director, actor, composer/musician, and editor on 2 feature films, a documentary, and a number of shorts.