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2022.08.27


Improv for Filmmakers and Actors

(1 customer review)

$36.61

Next date: tbc
Duration: Two afternoons
This course is ONLINE only  
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Description

At a Glance:

  • Gain confidence- get over your fear of public speaking
  • Become a pro at pitching
  • Improve your ability to adlib your way to your next career
  • Get comfortable with being put on the spot

Calling all filmmakers and actors!Get comfortable with being put on the spot!
Brian teaches techniques using
Powerpoint Improv, to give you the confidence you need to be put in any situation. 

Who should attend?

All are welcome! Ages from 13 – 99!
All you need is a passion for movies and having fun joking around with peers.
Filmmakers, actors and screenwriters will all benefit from this course.
Actors looking to gain more experience
Directors who would like to have more confidence on set
YOU. That’s right, this course is fit for everyone. If you are looking to be the confident, bold person you would like to be, this course is for you.

What you will learn?

Jump into the basics of improv, let by a member of the world-famous Second City comedy troupe.
Learn to drop your inhibitions using the improv techniques that made the likes of past Second City Actors like Mike Myers, Tina Fey, John Candy and Joan Rivers.

DAY 1: Hands-on Improv Basics

Be led through a series of exercises designed to loosen your inhibitions in a safe and secure environment.

Part 1

The participants will be led through a series of Improv warm-up exercises. As students bond and gain confidence and momentum, we switch their attention to the art and craft of filmmaking. And we bring out the slide-show!

Part 2

In ‘PowerPoint Improv’ participants are coached on delivering improvised presentations based on a set of 8 slides they’ve never seen before. Increased courage, joy and confidence are natural outcomes of this carefully developed program.

Participants are paired up in turn online and presented with a series of eight PowerPoint slides. Working together, the teams must use the slides to support their presentation with is a funny take on a famous movie, celebrity or an aspect of filmmaking.

DAY 2: Let’s make a movie!

In what other two-session course do you get to make a movie?
Using the techniques explored on Day 1, participants will improvise and
record a short socially-distanced mockumentary film together.
The video will be made available for
students to share with friends and family shortly after the end of the course.

Required Materials

  • Internet-ready device [laptop, iPad, smartphone]
  • Earbud headset [or equivalent]
  • The desire to cut-loose and enjoy!

About the Instructor

Brian G. Smith is an Award-winning film-maker, educator, alumnus of The Second City, Creative Producer at youandmedia.com, and a Dad.  He is also an actor, writer, director and producer known for Sprout This! (2008), Chère. (2010) and Dave Foley & Fans (2008).  

Brian Teaches at Annex Improv, a weekly course that uses theatre games to improve skills in the areas of i) presentational speaking & listening ii) creative problem solving and iii) effective teamwork. And students have a gas while succeeding at it!

Brian has carefully developed this Improv program as a guest lecturer at the Rotman School at U of T, Schulich at York, and at many blue-chip company team building events across Ontario.  As the Creative Director at PowerPoint Improv he is known as a laugh-therapist.

For 22 years Brian G. Smith has also been the Creative Producer of You and Media, which includes livestreaming video services, film making, web series production, Comedy Video writing & production, live entertainment, murder mystery comedy dinner shows, and Improv ‘teambuilding’ workshops.

“Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of studying improvisation under Brian’s tutelage and have found him to be an inventive and engaged instructor who challenges his students to stretch out of their comfort zones and explore those exhilarating recesses of our personalities and skills where truly amazing things happen.”

Randall C. Willis

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1 review for

2022.08.27


Improv for Filmmakers and Actors

  1. Paige Stapleton

    Thank you Peter and Brian! This was a fun and innovative improv class, and you proved that you can learn improv online!
    I have taken a bit of improv as an actor, and what I loved in this course is how you brought up new ideas for using improv in filming scenes and pitches, as well as how to use creative visuals and exercises during my script writing process! It’s a no brainer to keep going with you guys!

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