14th May , 2019

The Week That Was: First Take School of Acting & An Actors Guide to Mindfulness

It’s been a week of vulnerability on all fronts at First Take School of Acting.

And the power in which this emotion can manifest itself as a tool to greatness for our Manchester actors mid-module. Taking into consideration the brilliant Brene Brown‘s much celebrated TED talk on vulnerability and how to utilise it to your greatest advantage, our students performed weighty scenes from award winning movies ‘The Accused’ -1988’s phenomenal Jonathan Kaplan directed drama starring Jodie Foster & Kelly McGillis – and Sam Mendes‘Revolutionary Road‘ with Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio.

Taking into consideration the recent class on character study where students focused in-depth on the work of the late, great movie legend Marlon Brando & his notion that “with screen acting, his face becomes the stage during a close up for the action to play out on”, our adult students throughout the week performed the above scenes in extreme close up and under the added pressure of a closed set, giving them the opportunity to expose themselves, warts ‘n’ all, with stupendously exciting results! What was particularly impressive was how EVERY student , at what ever individual stage in their First Take School of Acting journey they are currently on, rose to the challenge with courage and gusto and exciting results all round! This week coming we get the chance to watch the clips back in fine detail, so popcorn and an attention to detail will be dominating the week!

Following on from a fantastic week on camera, students were then treated to a Saturday of self-love as our ‘Actors Guide to Mindfulness’ workshop kicked off four hours of brilliance as ‘Amazing Life’ Mindfulness & Well-Being expert Lynsey Tidbury taught our actors about kindness, self-worth, patience and the science of mindfulness and meditation in a bid to assist them throughout their careers and skill-sets. Studio One at The Sharp Project was awash with yoga mats, sofa cushions and jogging bottoms-a-plenty as our First Take students treated themselves to an abundance of new and exciting techniques that everyone embraced and left feeling very mindful and ready to take on the next exciting chapter – whatever that may be!