Acting for the camera classes are for children, teens and adults and scheduled throughout the year. The classes are two hours each for six consecutive weeks and classes take place in the black box theatre at the arts and humanities building, 201 N. Broadway, Ada, Oklahoma.
In the basic series students are introduced to camera/film terminology, different types of scripts, such as commercial, film and theatre, how to stay in frame, hitting the mark and what types of clothing to wear in week one. Weeks two and three cover the auditioning process. Students do several different types of auditions. Students also learn how to slate and work with a script. During weeks four and five, students work on monologues and prepare a monologue or two, to present the final week as prepared audition pieces. The final week, using the techniques they have learned over the past five weeks, all students formally audition, using his or her prepared audition piece(s). The audition tapes are kept on file in the performing arts department of the division of arts and humanities for use in casting calls. Notification is made to the individual or their parent before releasing information to any casting crew and/or agent – especially if the student is a minor.
Certificates are awarded to students at the end of the six weeks.
In the intermediate classes, students work on scenes from familiar plays and/or film scripts with two or more fellow students. Those interested may be allowed to write short two-person scenes for fellow students.
In the advanced classes, students work on scenes from familiar plays, film scripts and/or original scripts with two or more fellow students. These scenes are filmed on location around the Ada area.
Classes are limited to 10 students in order to allow one-on-one instruction. Students are on-camera in every class. Once an individual class fills, a wait list is started.
The youngest accepted is age eight because students are given scripts to read for “cold readings” and must be able to read without assistance.
Fees for non-Chickasaws are $15 per session for a total of $90.
Instructor(s) for the classes are degreed and/or certified with several years’ experience.