Stonestreet II - Advanced Coursework
For students who have completed Stonestreet I and wish to continue their study and application of screen acting, this curriculum provides the additional opportunity to shoot professionally lit, directed, and edited original short works, from pre-production to post-production. Students develop and edit their own screen acting reels with the films they do in Stonestreet II. These film and pilot projects are showcased to the professional world, via stonestreet’s platforms and often premiere in major film festivals around the world.
Stonestreet II is offered in Fall, Spring, Summer I, and Summer II for 8 Credit Hours.
Includes participation in a Series or Pilot, Stonestreet MicroMovies, shorts and features, collaborations with Kanbar Institute of Film & Television Productions and original material developed in our Script to Screen workshop.
Instructors: Gary Bennett, Gabriel Fryer-Behar, Eric LaPlante, Alyssa Rallo Bennett, Kristjan Thor, Gil Zabarsky
Students work on developing characters for screen production that stretch their boundaries as actors, to bring compelling, believable and interesting interpretations to the original screenplays and series being shot. All work is produced to the fullest extent, from pre-production to post-production. The actor learns from the entire process of production - how to work with or without rehearsal and on different types of film sets. Watching dailies, rough cuts, and final cuts of their work is also a huge part of the learning process. Finished material is submitted to festivals and other professional venues as well as being available to be put on a reel.
The films shot and edited in Stonestreet II are showcased to the professional world, and in domestic and international film festivals, which can be seen on Stonestreet-Goldberg Film Festival page. Stonestreet students can easily send a link of their work in lieu of an audition, or as a way of introducing themselves to potential work sources.
ADVANCED AUDITION PREP & CAREER MANAGEMENT
Instructor: Vance Barber, Ted Sluberski, Katie Flahive
This class is a hands-on exploration of the craft of auditioning in the professional world of film and television. The semester, offers specific forays into the various aspects of what makes a solid audition that best represents you, your skills as an actor, and your skills as an interpreter of text. Each week, students are asked to prepare sides chosen specifically for them from network series, pilot scripts, indie films, feature films, and commercials. Students work on all types of roles, including featured principals, guest stars, and under-fives. Each actor's choices and preparation are discussed and peer-critiqued during class. This course gives actors a better understanding of what to expect from casting directors, directors, producers, and writers, as well as how to build a solid foundation on which to prepare and execute a confident and memorable audition. Students culminate the work done in this class into a directed production experience that can become part of the reel they create at Stonestreet during the second semester.
MicroMovies in Production
Instructor: Gary O. Bennett & Guest Directors
This class is a continuation of work accomplished in the previous semester, concentrating on character work in a medium shot. In addition, there is an emphasis on getting an organic and interesting result more quickly, by challenging students to confront pressures placed on actors in production settings. The pressures on a production set often intimidate even the best actors, causing them to forget their craft and/or rely merely on the sometimes-inadequate eye of the director. Actors need to become viscerally aware of the level of their own performances in order to take control of their creative space and deliver their best work. The scenes in this class are lit and edited with the object of reviewing and showcasing each actor’s work to be incorporated into each actor’s reel as well as showcased on Stonestreet’s internet sites.
VOICE-OVERS, ANIMATION, BOOKS on TAPE
Instructor: Andy Roth / Jennifer Sukup, Industry Guests
An in-depth class that prepares actors to audition for and work in the voice-over, animation and the audio book field. The reality is that every actor will find his or herself in a voice over booth at some point for animation, a commercials, film, television, audio book or even stage. Applying technique and finding your vocal range are focused on while doing practical work in both areas during the semester. Audition situations are set up where students have to truly apply what they’re learning while still garnering the coaching, feedback and direction from Stonestreet faculty.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN
Directors: Kristjan Thor / Gil Zabarsky / Rallo Bennett
DPs: Nico Alvo & Pati Amoroso
A continuation of Create your Own Material I, students develop from character perspective films, pilots and series under head writer/director/faculty in which they are featured actors. Projects are finished during and shortly beyond the semester, go to festivals and platforms that then feature actors work. Subsequent seasons or episodes often carry actors and creatives involved beyond the semester into the profession.
ADVANCED AUDITION & INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
Instructors: Guest Talent Agents, Casting Directors, Managers
Students continue to perfect their business and audition skills with the guidance and coaching of faculty, as they continue to meet additional new agents and, now, casting directors, in a more intimate one-on-one basis. This class is monitored by Stonestreet faculty, connecting what is learned in their respective classes to the real environment of an audition. Students always meet new and different guest agents and casting directors from semester to semester.
REEL DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION
Instructors: Drew Robinson / Pati Amoroso
This class allows actors to develop and finalize their reel with Stonestreet’s support and direction, while planning a complimentary and contrasting piece from what is or has already been shot in their other Stonestreet production classes.
ADVANCED MASTER CLASSES
Instructors: Guest Artists
Guests from the industry work with students in a master class situation from Voice-overs to Auditions, Sit-coms to how to maintain a healthy and creative life with guests from our Behind the Scenes at Stonestreet Series such as Susan Sarandon, Kevin Bacon, Edie Falco, James Earl Jones et al. Some of these previous interviews can be seen on our Behind the Scenes at Stonestreet page.