Screen Acting

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Screen Acting

“Filmbites is like my second family. Through their passion for film, dedication of teaching and love of students. Doing classes and courses at Filmbites has given me the confidence, determination and skills to honour my acting craft and succeed in what I love. Filmbites has helped grow and shape my career into what it is today. Without Filmbites I do not think I would be where I am now, and I will forever be grateful to Hallie and the team for all their support.” Shannon Berry, “Brody”, Offspring Season 6 & 7


Course Structure

Most courses are run over one semester (two terms of 10 weeks each).


Our Curriculum

Filmbites Screen Acting courses are designed to be both practical and fun and are designed to suit specific age groups. Students progress through different curriculum each semester, focusing on learning acting for the screen skills.  Depending on the level, students will film various filmed outcomes such as short scenes or auditions and a short film in Term 4 of the year.  Students will progress to new curriculum each semester. Entry into Advanced and Intensive levels is based on Intermediate level evaluations.


Course Outcomes

Students who make a film as part of their course receive a copy of their film on DVD.  All students also get a free ticket to the Premiere Night, an annual screening of all the student films on the big screen at a commercial cinema in front of family and friends. Our instructors and head of acting are in ongoing talks with our head of casting to identify students ready to join our casting books Filmbites Casting Agency.


Course Summaries & Timetable

Click links to jump to each summary.

Short stuff 6-8yrs

Beginner 9-12, 13+

Intermediate Prep 11-14yrs

Intermediate 12-16yrs

Advanced 14+

Intensive 15+


Short Stuff

screen acting short stuff 2
Ages: 6-8yrs
Focus areas: Improvisation, re-direction & developing character
Structure: This course is a semester course (two terms of 10 weeks each).
Fee: $235 per term

Venue Level Ages Day Time
Malaga Year 2 6 – 8 Monday 4 – 5.30pm
Hawker Park PS After school course 6 – 8 Tuesday 3 – 3:40pm
Malaga 6 – 8 Saturday 1:30 – 3pm
Malaga 6 – 8 Saturday TBC


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acting for the screen
Ages: 9 – 12yrs (or where indicated for 13yrs+)
Focus areas: Improvisation, taking direction, naturalism and understanding story concepts and building character and on-set skills such as set etiquette, listening, teamwork, and crew roles.
Structure: This course is a semester course (two terms of 10 weeks each).
Fee: $350 per term

Venue Level Ages Day Time
Tapping Year 1 13 + Monday 3:45 – 5:45pm
Hawker Park PS After school course 9 – 12 Tuesday 3 – 4pm
Bull Creek Year 2 9 – 13 Wednesday 4 – 6pm
Malaga Year 2 9 – 12 Thursday 4:15 – 6:15pm
Malaga Year 1 9 – 12 Saturday 1:30 – 3:30pm
Baldivis Year 2 9 – 12 Saturday 10:30am – 12:30pm

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Intermediate Level Preparation

The West rehearsing

Ages: 11-13yrs
Focus areas: Students are evaluated for readiness to the Intermediate level, ensuring reasonable acting competency and feedback before the next level. A year-long, non-production class.
Structure: This course is a semester course (two terms of 10 weeks each).
Fee: $375 per term

Venue Level Ages Day Time
Tapping Year 1 13 + Monday 3:45- 6:15pm
Malaga Year 1 9 – 12 Monday 4:15 – 6:45pm
Hamilton Hill Year 1 9 – 13 Tuesday 4:15 – 6:45pm
PLC Year 1 Years 7 – 9 Tuesday 3:45 – 6:15pm
Malaga Year 1 9 – 12 Wednesday 4:15 – 6:45pm
Malaga Year 1 9 – 12 Saturday 9:30am to 12pm

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Lewis and Clara 2011
Ages: 12yrs + or where indicated for 13yrs+
Focus areas: Character wants, journeys and arcs, redirection and alternative deliveries, script and scene interpretation, imagination, information and instinct to create 3 dimensional characters. A year-long, non-production class.
Structure: This course is a year-long course (four terms of 10 weeks each).
Fee: $400 per term

Venue Level Age Day Time
Malaga Year 1 9 – 12 Monday 4:30 – 7pm
Malaga Year 1 14+ Tuesday 4:45 – 7:15pm
Malaga Year 1 12+ Wednesday 4:30 – 7pm
Malaga Year 2 14+ Thursday 4:30 – 7pm
Malaga Year 1 12+ Saturday 9:45am – 12:15pm
Baldivis Year 2 12+ Saturday 1:30 – 4pm


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Filmbites student actors on location with director David Vincent Smith

Ages: 14-17 yrs old

The full year Advanced Course Level 1 consolidates and expands upon acting skills that have been gained through intermediate and introduces aspects of ‘Method’ techniques.

Filmed Outcomes – Actors will produce self-tapes for review, a filmed scripted monologue and a filmed production that is shot with our professional grade equipment and will have both a director/ DP and acting coach on set.

Advanced films are sent to working producers/directors for consideration for our outstanding achievement in acting award. In 2014 our judge was Producer Tenille Kennedy. Previous showreels consisting of advanced films have been uses to get out actors on major TV series and feature films.

Showcast will be our major sponsor for our 2016 awards with actors receiving a year subscription.

Advanced Year 1

Term 1 – Actors will be introduced to foundational elements of the teachings of Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler – these include inner dialogue, imagination and the power of physicality. Actors will learn, explore with, demonstrate and apply these method techniques, individually and through group work in improvisation as well as scripted scenes.

Term 2 – Actors will focus on characterisation with consideration of applying voice, physicality, accent and inner dialogue to a specific character and with the filmed outcome being delivery of a scripted monologue.

Term 3 – Actors will apply their skills to the film script that will be produced in term four. Students will prepare for and audition for their roles in the script through improvisation, scene exploration and self-tapes that will be reviewed in class.

Term 4 – Film Production Term

Fee: $550 per term

Venue Level Age Day Time
Malaga Year 1 14+ Tuesday 5 – 7:30pm
Advanced Level actor evaluation, coaching and screentests
Filmbites Head of Acting Shanta Surendran will take you through a two hour class that will evaluate your suitability for Filmbites Advanced level screen acting class. Shanta will evaluate your skills of improvisation, redirection and exploring choices. You will also learn how to submit industry quality self-tapes for auditions. In the second hour Shanta will record a screen-test from a provided script and re-direct your performance. The class cost is $35 and you can book here


Ages: 15yrs +
Focus areas: Recognition, understanding, demonstration and application of Strasberg, Adler and Guskin elements / 2nd year add Meisner & Mike Leigh elements / ability to recognise and respond to direction driven by these ‘methods’ /self awareness of personal acting process/filmed scenes, monologues and one production each year.
Structure: This is a 2 year curriculum. Students can sign up year-by-year, with fees due in the first week of each term.
Fee: $600 per term

Venue Level Age Day Time
Malaga Intensive Year 1 15+ Wednesday 4:30 – 7pm
Hamilton Hill Intensive Bridging Course 14+ Saturday 10am – 12:30pm
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