Saturday Screen Acting School Masterclass

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Raindance members get 20% off this course.
Next date:
Saturday 14th March 2020, 10:00 – 17:00
Duration: One day
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE
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Calling all actors!
This is it! Your chance to experience what it is like on a film set.

This course is designed to bring actors and non-actors up-to-speed with the skills and techniques needed to successfully work as a screen actor.

The Saturday Screen Acting School will give you the experience of what it is like to work in front of a camera. You will also be given dozens of insider tips only the professionals know.  Build your confidence and enhance your skills.

Participants encouraged to bring in a headshot and a favourite snapshot *recommended but not essential

Morning Workshops

Bring a good notebook. Wear comfortable clothes. There are lots of group demonstrations and exercises!

1.The Truth is not your friend

Most acting techniques teach ‘truth’, but nothing in movies is real.
Let tutor Patrick Tucker take you through a series of exercises and tutorials that will explain how screen acting is very different from stage acting and why.

Cheating of Positions and Vocal levels and Reactions.

a. SHOOT 3 test scenes and PLAYBACK
More details of actual shooting procedures and solutions given.

b. SHOOT more test scenes with half a dozen participants.

2.Screen Business

LIVE SHOOT! Participants put the ideas into practice.


What it is and how it works
The plusses as well as the minuses.
Headshots and what they mean
Act your headshot
SHOOT participants using Typecasting
SHOOT other exercises including head turns and over shoulder listening.

Lunch 13:00 – 14:00

Don’t waste this hour!
Use the time to network with fellow participants and form new alliances and find collaborators.


If you’ve ever been to a casting session and not been booked, does it mean you weren’t good enough? Or maybe you were taught the wrong way to approach a casting.
In this session, Patrick Tucker will explain how to read and play for an audition.

SHOOT some examples.
Commercial casting explained
SHOOT an audition (2 versions)
Everyone does a commercial casting, and the results played back.
Acting sequentially (not simultaneously)

5.Getting Work

Learn how to take the skills you have learned so far today and create valuable marketing assets you can use immediately to enhance the chances of your getting booked for a job.

Create examples
Check Lists – review the days work and prepare for the future

Who Should Attend

In short, anyone wishing to be an actor, or any actor wanting to hone up on their screen acting skills. This intensive one day workshop is also recommended for writers, directors and producers at any level. It is essential for those who have attended a Drama School, but feel that they were not prepared for the real world of Screen Acting in their course, and what to do in their auditions.

About Patrick Tucker

Film Acting School London

Patrick Tucker started directing for the stage in 1968, and for the screen in 1976, and has been doing both ever since. To date he has directed over 250 theatre productions and over 200 dramas for the screen (including one feature) at venues in the UK and all over the world, including America, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, South Africa, South Korea, and three productions at Shakespeare’s Globe London.

His last stage work was Measure, For Measure for the Blackfriars Theatre in Virginia, and on screen a Russian sit-com Olimpiada 80 filmed in Latvia (in Russian). He has lectured and run courses on the various aspects of acting and directing since the mid-1970s (presenting directing workshops for Raindance since 1997, and at Central Film School since it opened in 2009), and his books Secrets of Acting Shakespeare (Routledge 2nd Edition 2017) and Secrets of Screen Acting (3rd Edition Routledge 2014) contain many original insights – as do his workshops. He is currently preparing Secrets of Screen Directing – the Tricks of the Trade for publication in 2019.

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5 reviews for


Saturday Screen Acting School Masterclass

  1. Alex Bond

    Genuinely the best acting course on-screen acting I have attended. Made the whole process much less scary. I’m a theatre actor and the presence of a camera always makes me less relaxed but that’s because I don’t know the dynamic between all the moving parts, I now feel I do plus I have some tricks of the trade to help me perform better. Great course

  2. Richard strange (verified owner)

    A great introduction by Elliot started a wonderful full day of acting school. Patrick was hugely impressive and created an ambience of learning that was head and shoulders above anything I have been apart of before. It was great fun, throughly interesting and in Patrick we had a tutor with an abundance of experience and creativity. I would recommend this course to any budding actor confident that they will not be disappointed.

  3. Nicholas Rothwell

    I learnt a lot in Patrick’s class. Patrick goes straight to the point and is focused on the real issues concerning acting for the screen

  4. susan sullivan

    this is a fabulous class that will raise your confidence and self awareness needed to act. Patrick is the most knowledgeable man I know

  5. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    Feedback as requested

    Mr Tucker’s class was informative and friendly although the following suggestions might perhaps be of some interest for any purpose :
    1 – half of the participants were foreigners, some of them hardly able to speak or understand English. With this in mind instructions, when given, should perhaps be more relaxed and less authoritarian, let’s say in a style closer to Vittorio De Sica than to Henri-Georges Clouzot, to maintain harmony considering that this class is aimed at non- professional amateurs, some of them desperate to understand basic instructions in the English language
    2 – with this in mind, although it is perfectly all right not to find that Helmut Berger in Ludwig is probably the best screen actor of all times, I do not think that screen acting models should be limited to the American mannerism of Al Pacino and co. Screen acting extracts should perhaps include foreign actors pieces, what about Emmanuelle Riva in Hiroshima, Genevieve Bujold in Coma, Liv Ullmann in Bergman’ movies, Hanna Schygulla in any Fassbinder, Gian Maria Volonte in anything and everything, etc ?
    3 – it was nice to prepare one scene. Perhaps pupils could be asked if they have brought a scene to work on too ? Also I do think that beyond being told how to position ourselves physically in a scene and on a set and learn about microphones and marks etc – very interesting- a mini drama class could also be included, basically how to express fea, passion, etc on the screen.. It is nice to be able to position yourself adequately on a set but if you are terrible at delivering lines all these efforts seem vain
    4 – in a class offered on the basis of one single day tuition, I think that the so-called lunch break should be limited to half an hour and not one hour even spent on biscuits and tea kindly offered by the tutor
    5 – considering that we were asked to film one short scene it was disappointing to see that the sound recording part of the video recording was not working appropriately – very low level – and that consequently the analysis of our work could not be done as efficiently as it could have been
    6 – it might be more friendly if Mr Tucker s assistant did not start packing up half an hour before the end of the day session, therefore making distracting noise. An extra welcoming smile on arrival would also be appreciated.
    It is sad to learn that foreign actors have very low prospects to work in this insular country unless they can start by producing the right English accent… before they are considered to show their original accent whether French, Polish, Spanish etc. I guess we have a different approach in my country, France, where we have always loved foreign actors with their native accents, foreign and even in the French language, whether Belgian, West African or Quebecois.
    This first course at Rainbance was very interesting due to the natural kindness, frankness and true desire to pass on experience and knowledge from the tutor and I will remain grateful to Mr Tucker and his team for leaving me with such a good memory, thank you all.
    Béatrice Colbrant

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