Working on Film: The Director/Actor Collaboration

New for 2018!

Working on Film: The Director/Actor Collaboration

Date:
Fri, 2 Feb 2018 to Sat, 3 Feb 2018

Duration: 2 days
Times:
10.30am-6pm
Capacity: Max. 10 participants
Fee: £350  

We’ve teamed up with the The Actors Centre for a special edition of Tim Fywell’s immensely popular Director/Actor Collaboration workshop.

Tim Fywell is one of the most experienced directors working in TV drama, in the UK and internationally. Working across TV and feature films, he has worked with a host of accomplished actors including Daniel Craig, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Lancashire and Helena Bonham-Carter.

In this NEW collaborative workshop ten directors will have the chance to experience Tim’s unique approaches to acting and directing firsthand. The workshop will bring actors and new directors together to collaborate and understand the process of creating work for film, from both sides of the camera.

Tim Fywell with workshop participants

Course Outline

You will alternately give and take direction, working in mixed groups of actors from The Actors Centre and directors from LFS, through a series of practical script-based exercises. You will then be put into groups to work through a piece supplied by the director. You will be given time to rehearse these pieces and put what you've learned into action, before they are filmed. 

The course will examine the director-actor relationship in terms of the script, the character, and the shooting process. It will explore how the director and actor can work together to achieve a higher degree of characterisation and immediacy.  It will also explore ways to re-set the approach if an actor is missing the notes, or the director is not providing useful feedback. You will leave with a better understanding of what is required from the role of actor and director, and how to approach work on film. You will also have the opportunity to work with emerging and established actors and film directors.  

The workshop will conclude with an informal showing of the filmed scenes and Q&A with Tim Fywell in the evening. This will be followed by an opportunity to network with your fellow actors and directors over drinks.

NOTE: The workshop will take place at The Actors Centre, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP. 

Feeback from Tim's previous workshops

"A perfectly pitched opportunity to learn skills as a director that you might rarely be able to practice –without any consequences, at least. A good opportunity to meet other directors and to get a feel of the real working practices of a working director. Thanks Tim for a great learning experience." Myrna, participant March 2015

"In broadcast rehearsal, time is a luxury; you need to be able to get the performance you want from your actors in the twenty minutes it takes your crew to set up. Tim showed us how to work with a fast turnaround, how to allow the actors room to bring their own ideas, how to prep very quickly and resolve any issues with both script and performance." Farah, participant March 2015

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Tutor profile: Tim Fywell, Director

Tim Fywell is one of the most accomplished directors of drama working in UK television today. The range of his work extends from GRANTCHESTER (2014, 2016 & 2017) to HAPPY VALLEY (2014); from MASTERS OF SEX (2013) to DRACULA (2014); from CRACKER (1994, To Be a Somebody, with Robert Carlyle) to MADAME BOVARY (2000, adapted by Heidi Thomas); from Sarah Waters’ AFFINITY (2008, adapted by Andrew Davies) to THE TURN OF THE SCREW (2009, adapted by Sandy Welch); plus SILENT WITNESS, WAKING THE DEAD, THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, DCI BANKS, LEWIS and WODEHOUSE IN EXILE (TV Movie, 2013). Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad.

Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/1577/directoractor-collaborati...
Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/1577/directoractor-collaborati...
Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/1577/directoractor-collaborati...

Tim’s feature credits include I CAPTURE THE CASTLE (2003) with Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara Fitzgerald, and THE ICE PRINCESS (2005) with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall. Tim studied English at Cambridge University and began his professional career directing in fringe theatre before moving on to the West End.

Some of his theatrical credits include: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Playhouse Theatre); SKIRMISHES (Hampstead Theatre); RED SATURDAY (Royal Court); THE MOTHER COUNTRY (Riverside Studios); HITTINGTOWN (Bush Theatre); NO HAND SIGNALS (National Theatre), which he wrote and directed; I MADE IT MA TOP OF THE WORLD which he devised and directed at the Royal Court, and SPRING AWAKENING (Royal Court).