THE DIRECTOR'S TAKE
A WORKSHOP FOR ACTORS
How do you know if you're a directable actor?
By working with a director.
As actors, being prepared and flexible is essential to working on set. A director knows their vision and is relying on you to bring it to life.
This workshop focuses on translating direction into actions, bringing more to your work than what’s on the page, and understanding the nuances and tone of the project. Collaborate with an open mind and come to the table with choices and offers.
Learn how to communicate your best ideas, while applying notes, to get the most out of your time in the audition room and on set. Scenes will be pre-assigned and developed in an audition format with Stellina Rusich (On-Set Coach) before we shoot them with Lucie Guest (Director)!
Gain insight into the MOW World and build something worthy in the editing room!
Who: Lucie Guest (Director / Writer / Actor)
& Stellina Rusich (On-Set Coach / Actor)
When: March 21 & 22, 2020
Sat: 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Sun: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Shoreline Studios - 1425 Charles St.
Age Group: Adults (17+)
Maximum: 14 Spots
Cost: $310.00 (+GST)
Auditing: $50/Day or $75/Both (+GST)
Note: Auditing in this workshop does not include participation. All materials provided are for educational purposes only. Materials must not be shared, distributed, or posted online, to your website, or any other public domain.
Please submit your Headshot & Resume to ensure appropriate casting.
This workshop is filmed. A Link to your on-camera footage will be sent shortly after the course for review/download.
Jill Soloway - I like the
strong, funny, complex and flawed characters she creates. Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl was a fresh perspective on a young girl’s
ON DIRECTORS & FILMS THAT HAVE INSPIRED HER
Join us in this exciting opportunity
to work alongside other creatives!
The collaborative process of
bringing a character to life on screen in an authentic and organic way. Finding moments that are not on the page and bringing that to the work is fun. I like to create an environment where actors can explore and take risks.
ON HER FAVORITE ASPECT OF DIRECTING & WORKING WITH ACTORS
DIRECTOR, WRITER & ACTOR
Lucie Guest is a writer, director, and actress and was awarded "Top Ten Filmmakers to watch-out for in 2017” by Independent Magazine.
Her films have screened internationally and won a handful of awards including Best of Fest at the Women in Comedy Boston Film Festival, Best International Film at the Malibu Film Festival and selected for Kevin Hart’s Top 20 films for JFLs 2017.
Her most recent credits include writing and directing a feature length Romance called LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT and a feature length Rom Com entitled MADE FOR YOU, WITH LOVE. Past credits include writing and directing a short film called NEVER BETTER – A CLOSURE COMEDY as well as an off-beat comedic short film entitled BE RIGHT BACK. Lucie also created and directed CHARLIE AND YONI #LIFE AFTER 30 which was optioned by CBC’s Comedy Coup and became a top 5 finalist in Canada, and creating and directing a pilot episode of OVER ACHIEVERS, an original comedic web-series. Lucie has trained with the acclaimed Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Groundlings in LA and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Program.
A FEW MOVIES DIRECTED BY LUCIE GUEST
Lucie's currently writing a Romance set in a vineyard and a Rom-Com that takes place
around a destination wedding. She will be directing another one in a couple months!
A few productions Lucie has worked on - which ones have you seen?
I love when an actor has a break through.
I love watching them progress and not need me anymore. It’s a thrill when an actor gets the job!
ON HER FAVORITE PART OF COACHING ACTORS
ON-SET COACH & ACTOR
Stellina has had a rewarding and varied career in the arts. Over her 30 year career she has worked in all facets of the acting industry; First as a performer, then as a Director, Composer, Teacher and Acting Coach. She has taught a full-time acting program as well as maintaining an ongoing private coaching business. She has appeared in over 60 commercials and numerous Stage, TV and Film roles.
Most notable TV & Film credits include: Terminal City, Carpool with David Paymer, Unforgettable opposite Ray Liotta, and Tony Shalhoub's wife on Monk. Stage performances include: Amadeus, Merchant of Venice, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Women in Bed, Night of the Iguana, Little Shop of Horrors, Dark of the Moon, Pal Joey, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Sunshine Boys, Anne of Green Gables, Kiss Me Kate, and many others. These performances have taken her from the Cincinnati Playhouse, to the Citadel Theatre, Stratford Festival, Stage West, Charlottetown Festival, and the North Pole. Directing Credits include: The Wild Party, Almost Maine, Mental the Musical, Stiff Cuffs, Italian American Reconciliation, Four Dogs and a Bone, Twenty Something, Pizza Man, Farewell Ambrosia,
Misconduct and many School Creative and VAS showcases. She has also been an onset Dialogue coach for Disney, YTV and Thunderbird: (2013-2017) ‘Fast Layne’, ‘Mech X4’, ‘Some Assembly Required’ and ‘Mr. Young’.
She's had the pleasure of teaching many workshops and classes with Casting directors/Directors such as: Candace Elzinga, Ann Forry, Mike Rohl, Howard Nemetz, Judy Lee, James Marshal, Jon Rosenbaum, Siobhan Devine, Heather Hawthorn-Dole, Pete McCormack.
Did you catch Tom Hanks receiving the Cecil B DeMille Award?
Here's a snippet of his acceptance speech that stayed with us:
A thousand years ago, in 1977, when I was an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, my first professional job, we all got yelled at by Dan Sullivan, the director. We had partied a little bit too much the night before, we were showing up for rehearsals, and he screamed at us, well he did actually scream at us. He said, "Hey, look, you guys, you guys, you actors, you know what your job is? You know what your job is? You have got to show up on time, and you have to know the text, and you have to have a head full of ideas. Otherwise I can't do my job." That was the greatest lesson a young actor could possibly ever get. First of all, the head full of ideas. Bring anything, try anything. They might not use it. If it stinks, they won't use it.
Knowing the text, and it's not just your lines, it's the whole thing, it's the red dot, it's the theme of the movie. You've got to know it. You might not be right in what the opinion that you bring to it, but you've got to come at it with some direction.
We encourage you to keep this in mind as you prepare for the workshop!