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The Prague Film School Acting for Film Program offers an intensive, conservatory style curriculum instructing both the art and the craft of acting for the camera. While the vast majority of acting courses world-wide train students for theater, it’s actually screen acting that offers the bulk of career opportunities. It’s also screen acting that allows actors to engage with the largest audiences, across time and geography.

What makes the PFS Acting for Film Program so special?

Focus on Film Acting

While acting courses can be found virtually everywhere, very few offer a live-and-breathe total immersion experience aimed at re-calibrating one‘s performance for the screen. Film acting requires a different set of skills than theater acting – and Prague Film School guarantees the acquisition of these skills.

Production-Work Heavy

More than 400 films are shot per year at Prague Film School and actors in the year program participate on as many as 30 productions. Acting for Film students then learn the specific skills that make up the craft of film acting but also leave the program with substantial material for a quality show reel. Actors are also trained in production – writing, operating the camera and editing.

Praxis-oriented

Students are placed in front of the camera from day one of the course and receive rigorous training in class and on set. Monologue and scene-work daily develop students' ability to hone their performances for the camera – both habituating students to the specifics related to acting for various shot sizes and blocking arrangements but also developing their skills to be able to deliver believable and compelling performances.

Intensive

The type of student who chooses Prague Film School comes to us because he or she has essentially only one year in terms of time or financial resources to cross from where he or she is in life at the moment into the world of professional filmmaking. We then have only one year to bring these students to a level of competence where they can operate professionally. As such the program is highly squeezed.

Prague and access to roles in big-budget Hollywood productions

Not only is Prague a beautiful historic location with an active student life, but hundreds of international productions have been shot in the city including Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Carnival Row, and Jojo Rabbit, to name a few.  Prague Film School provides access to the top local casting agencies and directors and several students from the Prague Film School Acting for Film program annually land roles in big budget productions coming to town.

International

Students in the course come from all over the world. This both enriches the course with a diverse palette of acting traditions and also provides students an invaluable network of international contacts to access upon graduating.

What does the program offer?

  • A total immersion in film acting
  • Daily hands-on work in front of the camera
  • A serious, international and professional learning environment
  • An intensive curriculum that encompasses all aspects of acting
  • Material for a professional show reel
  • Acting work in a number of short films
  • Access to local casting directors, agents and small to big budget film productions
  • The opportunity to write your own film and star in it

How will the program help actors get into the industry?

The department will provide:

 

  • Valuable contacts to a network of filmmakers including classmates and faculty at Prague Film School
  • Career guidance
  • Effective courses in on-camera casting technique and actor marketing
  • Direct links to film productions in Prague
  • Material for a quality show reel and the ability to edit it one’s self
  • Most importantly, skills
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Student careers

The majority of students enroll in the Acting for Film program to launch their careers in film and television. Students get invaluable access to local casting directors as well as to opportunities to audition for professional jobs. The founder of the Acting for Film program, Nancy Bishop, is an Emmy-nominated casting director and has cast over 100 projects. Nancy Bishop Casting continues to offer Prague Film School students precious access to castings for international productions coming through Prague – and every year several students earn their first credits in major big budget films.

★ Sample Alumni Career Trajectories

Brian Colin Foley (2012) was cast in Snowpiercer while studying at PFS, directed by the legendary Oscar-winning Korean director Bong Joon-ho and starring such talents as Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris. Brian earned his SAG/AFTRA card for roles in the HBO mini series Show Me a Hero, directed by Paul Haggis, NBC's The Mysteries of Laura, and most recently Netflix's Orange is the New Black, in which he worked with Emmy Award Winning Actress, Uzo Aduba.

Scott Lipman (2017) was cast in National Geographic’s Genius, directed by Ron Howard, while studying at PFS. Several months later he was cast in The Catcher Was a Spy, starring Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller and Paul Wilkinson.

Xander Turian (2019) was cast in what has become a recurring speaking role on the Amazon Prime Original Series Carnival Row alongside stars such as Orlando Bloom and Cara Delavigne. Since graduating from the program, he has been back to Prague to shoot multiple projects including Shadowplay starring Michael C Hall and Taylor Kitsch, as well as the second season of Carnival Row.

Rutger Lysen (2020) was cast in a supporting role in a Netflix feature film, after working with casting director Arwa Salmanova in an audition class at PFS. The film will be released in 2021.

Isabel Stewart (2018) landed roles in National Geographic’s Genius, Ophelia (opposite Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley) and Taika Waititi’s Oscar-nominated film, Jojo Rabbit. She was also cast in three Amazon Prime Video productions: The Romanoffs as Tatiana Romanov, Lore as Dahlia, and as Louisa Pembroke in Carnival Row, all during her two-year study at PFS. Her Prague credits all helped to land an agent in London where she is now based.

Olivia Coyle (2019) was cast in a supporting role that appeared in two episodes of Carnival Row from Amazon Prime Video while studying at PFS.

Anssi Lindstrom (2016) was cast directly out of school in Child 44, starring Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman. After his work on the film he was signed with his first agent and soon after appeared in NBC's Crossing Lines, various short films, and even got selected to Cannes "Talent Corner" in 2016 which celebrates and promotes young actors who have had a promising starts to their careers.

Karin Torbjörnsdóttir (2019) was cast in The History Channel’s Nightfall immediately after graduating from PFS. She also landed a role in the upcoming A Boy Called Christmas, starring Kristen Wiig and Sally Hawkins.

Peter Hallin (2012) got his his first feature film role in Snowpiercer while studying at PFS in 2012. There he can be seen sharing scenes with the likes of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Jamie Bell. Peter, now based in his native Sweden, went on to land a feature role in the series Crossing Lines and made an appearance in the Swedish crime drama The Bridge.

Martina Hemmingsson (2016) was accepted to the Bachelor's Program at the Malmö Theatre Academy in Sweden following her studies at Prague Film School. This prestigious academy accepts 12 acting students out of 800 applicants.

Acting for Film

Year Program

Next open dates: January 14, 2022 - August 26, 2022
September 2, 2022 - May 26, 2023

The Prague Film School Acting for Film Program helps actors recalibrate their performances for the screen and provides students the skills to embark on a successful career in film and television. Students rigorously train in on-camera acting, voice, movement, acting theory and the business of acting. The program makes use of a variety of techniques ranging from Meisner‘s behaviour-based method, to technically oriented exercises designed to hone performances for camera.

Acting for Film

Program description in brief

Acting for Film

Acting is both an art and a craft. This course will focus on craft, emphasizing the technical demands of screen acting. Students will learn to calibrate their performances specifically for the camera frame, adjusting for close ups and wide shots. Since the camera photographs thought, students will develop an active and varying inner monologue and understand the nuances of acting, thinking and listening with the eyes. A scene study unit will underscore how to break down a scene and play it effectively for camera.

Voice

The vocal chords are a muscle and must be exercised and strengthened. Students will work with a voice coach to expand vocal range, develop vocal control and work with developing select accents. The course also includes singing classes and performances.

Applied Acting Theory

Applied Acting Theory will explore acting techniques applicable to both ensemble work and film. Students will start with basic acting exercises and projects, progressively integrating more complex principles. Students will practice approaches to developing a character and analyzing text. Because film is primarily a naturalistic medium, the main emphasis will be grounded in the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavksi and Meisner. Actors will train in the basics of naturalist acting technique such as pursuing an objective, breaking scenes into beats, playing actions, and overcoming obstacles. Through a rigorous application of Meisner, students will build the foundation for listening and responding truthfully in character.

Improvisation

The skill of improvisation is essential to any actor. Over the course of the year, students are trained in the art of listening to impulse and taking risks, as well as building storylines and developing their imagination. This is a high-energy class, which culminates with a live performance at the end of the year.

Audition Techniques

Acting skills are of very little use if they can't be put to practice on a professional set. This course will teach actors how to prepare for auditions in a casting studio and how to make a self tape. Actors will learn strategies to tackle cold reading and how to make fast choices in an audition. Actors learn by doing, cooperating with local casting directors on recent scripts, and getting personal feedback on their performances.

The Business of Acting

Students will learn specific marketing strategies and confer about how to navigate their career and attract professional representation. Specifically, actors will learn how to organize a professional CV, choose a winning headshot, organize a successful website and best take advantage of the internet for actor marketing. They will also learn how to produce and edit a professional reel, a film actor’s most important asset.

Film Production

It is an imperative part of the training process for actors to work on an actual film set. Therefore, each student will be expected to participate in a number of short films produced by Prague Film School directors. Other legitimate film work that an actor may obtain while in Prague might also be used towards course credit. Students will be encouraged to combine this material with scene work to produce a marketable show reel. This class will also instruct students to use basic editing programs and provide an introduction to screenwriting, namely how to write characters for oneself.

Movement for Stage and Screen

The actor must be physically fit and flexible. Each class day will begin with a strengthening warm-up regime, preparing students for the physical and vocal aspects of the craft. Units in this class will include yoga, dance, physical acting and stage combat.

Workshops

Throughout the year, students are involved in several workshops that provide further training in various disciplines. These have included such topics as acting for mocap/virtual reality, Shakespeare, make up techniques, to name a few.

Guest Lecturers

Every year we bring inspiring professionals from around the globe to offer students insider information about the film industry. Most notably is Nancy Bishop, the founder of PFS Acting for Film Program, and a CSA, Emmy-nominated casting director. She teaches film acting and auditioning techniques several times throughout the year. We also offer a workshop with Francisco Medina, a life coach and acting coach, who teaches internationally and works alongside acting teacher Bernard Hiller from Los Angeles.

Other notable guests include Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike, Oscar-winning screenwriter, director and actor Taika Waititi, producer Judy Levine, actress Rachel House, film director Bruno Coppola, and Guy Roberts, the artistic director of Prague Shakespeare Company.

The faculty at Prague Film School all work in the film industry in Prague and are constantly in contact with professionals working on international projects. We try to create as many opportunities as possible for students to meet and learn from industry professionals as the possibilities arise.

Acting for film students will also be expected to enroll in one elective offered in the general Prague Film School program. These include: Directing Actors, Comedy, Lighting for Film, Write, Act and Shoot, Writing the Feature, Art Direction, Central and Eastern European Cinema, among others.

Acting for Film

Semester Program

Next open dates:

  • Autumn: September 2 - December 16, 2022
  • Spring: January 14 - May 5, 2022 (*)

(* note: students applying for the Spring semester must have experience in acting as they would be joining the second semester of the year course)

The semester program at Prague Film School is the first term of the year program. Those who don’t have the time or other resources to invest in the longer format course can take the semester course as a first and substantial step in training for the screen. The course involves students in a live-and-breath film acting experience, occupying them 8 hours a day in intensive studio work - and up to 7 days a week on set!

Students in enrolled in the semester course follow foundation courses in Acting Theory (Meisner and Stanislavsky), Screen Acting, Film Production, Movement (Yoga, Dance and Stage Combat), Voice and Speech and Alternative Techniques (Improvisation and Ensemble Strategies). Students also take one elective course offered school-wide.

In addition to daily sessions in front of the camera and weekly scene work, acting for film students will participate in 3 film school student projects – involving them in up to 20 productions during the first four months.

By the end of the semester acting for film school students will have developed deep skills in acting for various shot sizes and in honing a realistic portrayal of character employing Meisner and other techniques introduced in the fall. They will have mastered a number of dances and combat moves applicable to historical and contemporary roles. They will have received training in film production itself – in lighting, camera, editing and sound. Perhaps most importantly, acting for film students will return home with substantial experience on set and with a body of work to prove it!

Acting for Film

Content of the semester

The semester curriculum of Acting for Film program covers below listed obligatory courses, and optional elective courses.

1. Foundation Courses (obligatory)

Meisner
Stanislavsky
Screen Acting Craft
Film Production
Dance
Yoga
Stage Combat
Voice
Speech and Dialect
Improvisation

2. Elective/Specialization Courses (each student takes 1 course) – 2 credits total

Aesthetics of the Film Shot as a Component of Film Language
Acting Styles
Advanced Cameras
Central and East European Cinema
Directing Actors
Directing the Camera
Documentary Theory and History
Film Industry
Film Comedy
Film Analysis
Lighting
Photography for Cinematography
Post-production effects
Post-production workflow
Visualization
Write, Act, Shoot

3. Student Films (obligatory)

Acting for Film students will integrated into three school-wide film projects first semester: a three minute scene from an established film; a 4 minute short and a five minute end of semester film.  Acting for film students may be requested to act in a number of student productions for each of these projects.

Acting for Film

Summer Workshops

Next open dates:

  • July Acting Workshop: July 3 – July 30, 2022
  • August Acting Workshop: July 31 – August 27, 2022

This intensive four-week screen acting course is designed to immerse students fully into the film acting process from beginning to end. Students work the first 2 weeks on camera in the classroom, exploring scenes, auditions, introductions, interviews and improvisation. Each day includes a movement class (dance or stage combat), group exercises and acting theory, as well as several hours of individual on-camera work. Students learn to craft performances for various frame sizes, as well as to develop skills to create characters and respond to other actors.

Acting for Film

Workshop schedule in detail

Week 1

9:00-10:00 - (Monday-Friday) - Dance / Combat
10:15 - 13:00 - (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) - Improvisation
10:15 - 13:00 - (Tuesday and Thursday) - Voice and Body
14:00 - 18:00 - (Monday - Friday) - Film Acting: scene work in front of camera

Week 2

9:00-10:00 - (Monday-Thursday) - Dance / Combat
10:15 - 13:00 - (Monday and Wednesday) - Improvisation
10:15 - 13:00 - (Tuesday and Thursday) - Voice and Body
14:00 - 18:00 - (Monday - Thursday) - Film Acting: scene work in front of camera

Week 3

Production

Week 4

9:00-10:00 - (Monday-Thursday) - Dance / Combat
10:15 - 13:00 - (Monday - Thursday) - Improvisation /Character Creation
14:15 - 18:00 - Audition Techniques / Marketing Seminar / How to generate work for yourself / Visit local casting directors

Acting for Film

Nancy Bishop

Program Founder, Faculty Emeritus

 

Nancy Bishop is the founder and former head of the Prague Film School Acting Program. She now participates in the program as distinguished guest lecturer. She is a C.S.A., Emmy-nominated casting director, author, and acting coach. The following are just a few of the many Hollywood and other productions Nancy has cast for: Borat 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Snowpiercer, The Romanoffs, Euro Trip, Anne Frank, and many, many more. Nancy teaches a film acting technique, outlined in her book "Secrets from the Casting Couch.” Nancy and her coaching team are on demand internationally in Europe, North and South America and in countries as diverse as Turkey and Dubai.

Amy Huck - Acting for Film Department Head

Amy Huck

Acting for Film Department Head

 

Amy Huck is a professional actress and director with numerous film and theater credits, as well as about 40 international commercials. Her film credits include Harrison's Flowers, From Hell, EuroTrip, The Omen 666, and Solomon Kane. She has also voiced numerous characters for a variety of projects, including video games, tv series, documentaries, and children's audio books. As well as working as an actress, she has been studying yoga for over 15 years, both in the US and Europe, and earned her teaching certificate in Thailand in 2007.

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Daniel Brown

Acting, Improvisation, Physical Theater

 

Daniel Brown has worked as an actor and director with theatres in the U.S., Canada and Europe since 1982. His training includes commedia dell'arte, clown, improvisation, drama therapy as well as classical theatre. He has taught acting and lectured on theatre in places ranging from prisons in America to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cambridge University in England. Arriving in Prague in 1998, Daniel has directed at various theatres in the Czech Republic (in Czech and English) and is the founder and Artistic Director of Divadlo Miloco. As an actor, Daniel has worked in films with such actors as Peter O’Toole, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn and Johnny Depp; he has filmed over 30 television commercials and currently is in his 9th season on the popular Czech television series Ulice. Daniel has worked as an acting coach for film and TV (including Anne Frank and Oliver Twist) and as a dialogue coach on many feature films. Daniel has a Masters degree from Cambridge University in the history and philosophy of science, specializing in the history of psychology and psychiatry.

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Brian Caspe

Acting, Meisner technique

 

Brian Caspe is a professional actor who plays regularly in theater, TV, film and commercials. Motion pictures credits include Wanted, the Illusionist, Hellboy, Running Scared and Hannibal Rising. Brian also played a major supporting role in the NBC television series Revelations, opposite Bill Pullman. His most recent film is Solomon Kane with James Purefoy and Pete Postelwaite. In theater, Brian has gotten rave reviews playing in the lead in Oliver!, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum, The Seagull, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown among many others. Since moving to Prague in the spring of 2002, Brian has re-energized the Expat acting scene. In 2003, he founded the Prague Playhouse with the aim to give native English-speaking actors a company where they could perform and English-speaking audiences a venue to enjoy. Brian plans to tour in Ireland with The Sacred Sow a successful play he directed for the Prague Fringe. Brian also teaches Meisner technique which he studied in Los Angeles under Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie (assistant to Mr. Meisner for 10 years). Over the past 4 years, many of his students have gone on to have successful acting careers and even more have learned to appreciate the power of living in the moment.

Petra Johansson - Acting for Film Faculty - Physical Acting, Creative Movement

Petra Johansson

Physical Acting, Creative Movement

 

Petra Johansson is an actress, director, theatrologist, pedagogue and even a screenwriter. She studied both in the Czech Republic and Sweden, which is her second home. Currently she is finishing her PhD at the Stockholm University. She has close to the physical theatre, especially the comedia dell’arte, which she studied in France. In Prague she appeared on the stage of the National theatre – Laterna Magika, she also worked for Městská divadla pražská and she plays and directs for the theatre Blama as well. 2018 she founded her own theatre group called Spolek Lek, where she stages her own plays and acts in them too. She also regularly appears in films and tv productions. Petra teaches physical acting as well as creative movement.

Martin Kolda - Movement - Acting for Film Faculty

Martin Kolda

Movement

 

Martin Kolda graduated from the Prague Dance Center conservatory and later from the Academy of Music Arts in Prague. He is the founder and director of the production company Art 4 People, which is involved in cultural events in the Czech Republic as well as TV shows. He is the manager of Prague Chamber Ballet.

Howard Lotker - Acting for Film Faculty - Stanislavsky

Howard Lotker

Stanislavky

 

Howard Lotker is a founding member of HoME, an international theater company based in Prague, Czech Republic creating site-specific, participatory, public space, research, and other kinds of devised performances. Howard has directed and produced almost all of its productions within the past 6 years. He has a BFA in Acting (and Political Science) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his MFA in Authorial Acting and Pedagogy from KATAP, DAMU, Prague (CZ), where he also teaches Acting, Improvisation, Devising Theater, and Acting with the Inner Partner.

Marc Cram - Improv / Alternative Techniques - Acting for Film Faculty

Marc Cram

Improv / Alternative Techniques

 

Marc Cram is a founding member of Blood, Love & Rhetoric Improv (Prague, CZ), Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. (Atlanta, GA), and The Whammo Players (Tallahassee, FL). For over 30 years, he has taught and performed regularly in narrative-based group comedy improvisation. Marc has enjoyed developing new improv shows and formats, working with short and long-form improv. In film, television, commercials and theatre Marc has worked as an actor, improviser, puppeteer, musician, and as a commentator and emcee. As an improvisation instructor, Marc has taught from the Johnstonian school improv at dozens of theatres and universities across America, Europe and the Middle East including The Courtyard Playhouse (Dubai, UAE), English Lovers (Vienna), Improtresk and ZaPatra (CZ), and Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). Marc is pleased to be returning to the dynamic Prague Film School for another exciting season of training.

Jason Stone - Speech and Dialects - Acting for Film Faculty

Jason Stone

Speech and Dialects

 

Jason Stone is a Speech and Dialect specialist trained in Knight-Thompson Speechwork. He holds an MFA in Directing from Long Island University and is an expert in the International Phonetic Alphabet. He has taught, acted, and directed in theatre and film all over the globe for two decades.  Jason is dedicated to rigorous, positive, and inclusive training.

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Luka Knezevic - Filmmaking Faculty - Aspects of Film Language, Editing for Actors

Luka Knezevic

Editing, Aspects of film language

 

Luka Knezevic is a PhD candidate in film studies at the University of Zagreb and manages the post production facilities at Prague Film School. He is a graduate of Prague Film School (2012) and is an active writer/director. His latest short, Pressure Point, was completed in 2018 and screened at several international festivals (Myrtle Beach, TIFF Oda)

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