Arriving at casting
Being a 'US POW' on the set of Unbroken, I had just arrived from training for four years intensive acting technique with AAFI winner Luke Ford, and Aaron Glennane amongst other brilliant actors.
At that time it was very hard for even a well trained actor coming to Queensland to get into really solid roles, and I was perplexed at the severe lack of long term serious practical training. It really cooked my goose!
From that same Unbroken shoot I started teaching Sanford Meisner technique for Tom McSweenie, then insisted to my agent that their actors needed it!
After successfully pitching an idea I directed a true story period piece based on a book about my Latvian Grandmother, and then started up the first professional long term Sanford Meisner acting school in Queensland.
Following five years of extensive work, a plethora of varied productions, and bringing on advanced teacher Mathew Costin, this year we are the first Sanford Meisner school in Australia to graduate advanced acting students since 2014 due to the meticulous training required.
'Time for Print'
Grad films, or none commercially earning productions that you might need highly trained character actors but your only budget available is decent Reel material. Yes, actors want this.
This can be a University test subject who needs to be convincing through to a 'Police' Officer in a health and safety training day exercise. Actor may be happy to receive $500 for this.
The actor must be able to move the audience through serious character work, or take on a completely different persona that emotionally draws audience in.
Actor translates text, story subtext, and will be required to build a world that completely draws audience into key arch of story, making strong choices, as well as being highly direct-able. Ability to understand production needs.
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