A comprehensive training course in screen acting by an internationally renowned teacher and acting coach who has worked with actors of all backgrounds and experience - from drama school students at the start of their careers to Hollywood stars, including Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley. Mel Churcher has developed a series of five workshops which take actors step by step through the process of creating, developing and delivering assured performances on screen. Accompanied by a unique 90-minute DVD showing all the work in action, this book builds on these workshops and lets you progress through them at your own pace: - Workshop 1: Keeping the Life encourages you to find what is unique about yourself and how you can preserve this vitality when acting on screen - Workshop 2: Inhabiting the Role focuses on the emotional and psychological steps required in preparing your performance - Workshop 3: The Physical Life introduces a series of practical exercises to develop the physicality and imagination of the actor - Workshop 4: Through the Eye of the Camera explains the technical skills you must master to act in front of a lens - Workshop 5: Off to Work We Go covers how to prepare for auditions and then how to handle specific challenges when you get the job Each exercise, technique and tip is vividly illustrated on the DVD by footage from the author's actual workshops. The result is a vital masterclass in every aspect of acting on screen.
MEL CHURCHER was an actor and broadcaster for many years. Her work included leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, New Shakespeare Company and extensive film, radio and television work.
She is now best known as an international acting, dialogue, voice and presentation coach and runs workshops and gives lectures all over the world. She has been voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Open Theatre at Regents Park, Shakespeare's Globe, The Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange. Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Royal Court and has served on the Council of the British Voice Association.
Mel is also one of the top acting and dialogue coaches in movies. Her work as coach includes on: The Lady, The Door, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Station, Control, King Arthur, Danny the Dog/Unleashed, The Fifth Element, The Count of Monte Cristo and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Secret Garden & Madeline - working with actors such as Michelle Yeoh,Gerard Butler, Daniel Craig, Stephen Dillane, Paul Giamatti, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Keira Knightley, Jet Li, Mads Mikkelson, Clive Owen, Sam Riley, Stellan Skarsgard, John Turturro, Jon Voight and Ray Winstone.
She has written numerous articles. Her book 'Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second' is published by Virgin Books/Random House and is now a set book for major drama schools. It is available in printed and ebook form. Her second book 'A Screen Acting Workshop + DVD is published by Nick Hern Books.
(See more about Mel on www.melchurcher.com and on Imdb.com. Her blog is www.truth24timesasecond and she twitters @MelChurcher)