Hollywood, CA, June 05, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Cult film director John Swanbeck (The Big Kahuna starring Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito) will present a one-day workshop on his unorthodox yet highly effective approach to acting for film and television as part of the Screen Actors’ Guild Summer Intensive curriculum July 19 at the American Film Institute.
“When it comes to acting for camera, traditional approaches can result in characters falling flat on the screen,” says Swanbeck, whose recently published Ebook, “How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead” is winning raves both domestically and internationally. “The traditional process gives actors wonderful raw materials but not the tools to turn them into something cinematically compelling. Actors need to transform their process by learning what the camera finds compelling and why, then learn the practical steps that create cinematic quality performances.”
Swanbeck has been developing his revolutionary approach to film acting since directing his existential film comedy, The Big Kahuna. Unlike more classical acting methods that focus on the actor’s internal experience to make characters seem real, Swanbeck’s approach reveals that cinematic success depends on actors creating from the camera’s perspective. He teaches actors how to create the kind of choices and characters that the camera finds compelling.
In the workshop, titled “How to Think Like the Camera,” Swanbeck will show actors how to pop on screen by learning to understanding how the film camera thinks, what it responds to, and how actors can make an emotional connection with it. He will share some of his cinematic tools that actors can use with their traditional process to create unforgettable cinematic characters.
About How to Steal the Scene and End Up Playing the Lead
Designed for smartphones and tablets in 25 one-page chapters, "How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead" gives actors quick access to Swanbeck’s tips, tools and insights, based on his trademark technique, that they can easily access in auditions, rehearsals or on set. Each chapter presents a challenging situation followed by a simple 1-2-3-step solution to help actors create unforgettable cinematic characters. Headlining each chapter is a catchy title and one of Swanbeck’s original jokes about actors, written in the author’s sharp, comedic tongue that keeps his students laughing while learning. "How to Steal the Scene & End Up Playing the Lead (the Ebook) is available for $14.99 on iTunes and on Amazon.com. A sample chapter is available on Swanbeck's website www.blueswanfilms.com.
About John Swanbeck
Creator John Swanbeck is a writer/director living in Los Angeles. His existential film comedy "The Big Kahuna" has achieved cult-like status in the international and indie film worlds for its cinematic performances by Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito. He is currently scripting a new comedy with the original writer of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and producing the animated series Newbie and the live comedy show The Blueswanfilms Traveling Comedy Show. He is the creator and writer of the weekly comic strip The Daily Life Of "Pants." His stage productions have appeared in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He is renowned for his unorthodox approach to film and television acting, captured in his eBook for actors “John Swanbeck’s: How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead.” He also writes a regular column on film acting for Backstage. Contact Swanbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @CleverActorTips and visit BlueSwanFilms.com.
After cutting his teeth on the Chicago theatre scene, Swanbeck brought his unique talent for directing actors to his existential film comedy The Big Kahuna (Kevin Spacey/Danny DeVito). In Los Angeles editing the film, and at the dawn of the digital revolution, John envisioned an online-based production company creating, producing and distributing character-driven content across a wide spectrum of media platforms. BlueSwanFilms’ two inaugural projects – the weekly Comic Strip The Daily Life of “Pants” (“If this is The City Of Angels why do I feel like I’m living in Hell?”) and the much-anticipated eBook "How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead" – mark the realization of that vision. BlueSwanFilms is currently developing the Mock-PSA4KIDS series Smartbutt (“…because kids in this species need all the help they can get”) and producing The BlueSwanFilms Traveling Comedy Show.