Our Curriculum

Filmbites Screen Acting classes are designed to be both practical and fun and to build acting skills in a nurturing environment. Classes for younger students are focused on developing screen acting skills and imagination, creativity, naturalism and confidence. From intermediate level, classes become more industry focused for those interested in an acting career.

Students progress through a new curriculum each semester.  Depending on the level, students will film various filmed outcomes such as short scenes, auditions or a short film in Terms 2 &  4.  

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 Talent Agency.

Enrolment

You can register for most of our classes for younger students online. Please view the class options below and/or click here to go to the online enrolment page. 

As we strive to enhance the learning experience by placing students in the most appropriate class for their age, skill and experience, students wishing to sign up for classes from Intermediate and up and asked to book a placement workshop. Please email peta@filmbites.com.au for details.

For those wishing to apply for the Junior Professionals class, please read: Junior Professionals 2019 Overview.

 


Short Stuff (Ages 7+)

Play-based activities with a focus on developing confidence and communication skills and nurturing creativity.  Basic introduction to story structure and character types.

$175 (10 week term) / $160* (9 week terms due to public holidays) 

Venue Ages Day Time
Malaga 7 – 8 Monday* 3:45 – 4:45pm
Malaga 7 – 8 Saturday 9:15 – 10:15am

To enrol, please click here to go to the online enrolment page.

 


Beginner (Ages 9 + and 13+)

Introduces and exercises foundational skills in screen acting including imagination, confidence, team work, listening and communication. Introduces and practices processes to guide story building and character development. Introduces simple screen terminology and basic technical skills. Introduces early skills in line delivery. Gain confidence and versatility with practice.

$350 (10 week term) / $315* (9 week terms due to public holidays) 

Venue Ages Day Time
Malaga 9 – 12 Monday* 5 – 7pm
Malaga 13+ Monday* 4:45 – 6:45pm
Bull Creek 9 – 12 Wednesday 3:45 – 5:45pm
Malaga 9 – 12 Thursday 4:15 – 6:15pm
Malaga 9 – 12 Saturday 10:30am – 12:30pm
Malaga 9 – 12 Saturday 1:30 – 3:30pm
Baldivis 9 – 12 Saturday 11am – 1pm

To enrol, please click here to go to the online enrolment page.

 


Intermediate Level Preparation (Ages 11+)  

Develops and hones understanding, skills and application of improvisation terminology and techniques relevant to screen performance. Develops skills and confidence in responding to changes and making choices in story and style. Introduces honest and constructive and critique as a means of improvement and deepening understanding. Introduces basic script and improvised audition skills for screen.

$375 (10 week term)

Venue Ages Day Time
Bull Creek 11+ Wednesday 3:45 – 6:15pm

To enrol, please click here to go to the online enrolment page.

 


Intermediate  – Scenes from a Movie (Ages 12+)

Develops and practices script skills for screen performance including scene understanding, exploration and expansion. Develops skills in character background, character relationships, creating and performing monologues, identifying character arcs and exploring with choices. Introduces character and scene research skills.

$400 (10 week term) / $360* (9 week term due to public holidays) 

Venue Age Day Time
Wanneroo  12+ Monday 4 – 6:30pm
PLC (PLC students only. No audition required) 12+ Tuesday 3:45 – 6:15pm
Hamilton Hill 12+ Tuesday 4:15 – 6:45pm
Malaga 12+ Wednesday 4:15 – 6:45pm
Malaga 12+ Saturday 9:30am to 12noon

 

How to enrol: Open to those who have completed the Intermediate Preparation Course. New students wishing to sign up for this class are required to book a placement workshop. Please email peta@filmbites.com.au for details.

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Intermediate – Scene Study and Physicality (Ages 13+)

Expands on general script and character understanding to develop scene study skills and character choices to industry level. Develops skills to interrogate scripted scenes and identify key clues within scripts about story and character. Applies practice to multiple scripted scenes with a more specific focus on meaning, wants, relationships and choices. Develops skills  in bringing characters to life through non-verbal means via movement and physical choices. Applies skills in improvisation, script understanding and movement to scene work and redirection for screen performance. Introduced to basics of self taping. Develops research skills.

$400 (10 week term) / $360* (9 week term due to public holidays) 

How to enrol: Open to those who have completed the Intermediate Scenes from a Movie Course. New students wishing to sign up for this class are required to book a placement workshop. Please email peta@filmbites.com.au for details.

Venue Age Day Time
Malaga 13+ Monday* 4:30 – 7pm
Malaga 13+ Tuesday 4:45 – 7:15pm
Malaga 13+ Wednesday 4:30 – 7pm
Malaga 13+ Saturday 9:45am – 12:15pm
Baldivis 13+ Saturday 1:30 – 4pm

 

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Junior Professionals (Ages 9-13)

Two Year Course 

Targeted towards talented actors too young for advanced training. Introduces intermediate and advanced tools and techniques in improvisation and script through age-appropriate exercises and scene exploration. Applies these skills to scene work and character work in a professional setting with industry directors and crew including show-reel scenes and a short film with ImdB credit.

$550 (10 week term)

How to enrol: Please see Junior Professionals 2019 Overview for full details and information on how to apply. 

Venue Age Day Time
Malaga 9 – 13 Thursday 4:30 – 7pm
 

Advanced (Ages 14+)

Two Year Course

Introduces aspects of ‘Method’ techniques drawn from the teachings of Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Mike Alfreds and Larry Moss. These include Inner Dialogue, Sensory Work, Physical Stimuli, Imagination, Actions and Objectives, Justification and Specificity.  

Year 1 – Actors film original monologues and a show-reel scene  

Year 2 – Actors choose and film a scripted contemporary monologue and act in a filmed production which will have an ImdB credit.

Filmed projects are shot with our professional grade equipment and will have both a director/ DP and acting coach on set.

$550 per term

How to enrol: As we strive to enhance the learning experience by placing students in the most appropriate class for their age, skill and experience, students wishing to sign up for this course are required to book a placement workshop. Please email peta@filmbites.com.au for details.

Venue Age Day Time
Malaga 15+ Tuesday 5 – 7:30pm
 
 

Intensive (Ages 16+)

Two Year Course

Introduces techniques drawn from the teachings of Harold Guskin (off-the page technique), Sanford Meisner & Mike Leigh.  Ongoing development and honing of skills to recognise and respond to direction driven by these ‘methods’. Development of self awareness of personal acting process and continued development of relationship with the craft of acting. Application of skills to classical content, including Shakespeare monologues in Year 1, as well as contemporary content, including dramatic and comedic monologues in Year 2. Guest instructors from industry will also deliver elements of this course. 

Year 1 – Shakespeare Classical Monologue, Shakespeare Interpretation, Showcase scene for showreel and casting directors

Year 2 – Contemporary Comedy monologue, Contemporary dramatic monologue, Short film with ImdB credit.

Filmed projects are shot with filmed with a high quality DSLR and will have a director/ DP and acting coach on set.

$600 per term

How to enrol: As we strive to enhance the learning experience by placing students in the most appropriate class for their age, skill and experience, students wishing to sign up for this course are required to book a placement workshop. Please email peta@filmbites.com.au for details.

Venue Age Day Time
Malaga 16+ Wednesday 4:30 – 7pm
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Screen Acting July 5, 2016