On-Camera Scene and Character Study Class with Frank Cento

February 20
through April 9

$300 + processing

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February 20 -April 9



Ages 16-99

Four scenes will be chosen, two to four minutes in length from movies and plays both well-known and original. These scenes will cover all genres and the focus will be on character development and commitment to strong choices. Each scene will be rehearsed and shot as if it were an actual movie. All class members are guaranteed to be in more than one scene and these may be used as part of their professional reels. Maximum of (8) participants

Frank D. Cento is primarily known for staging original plays but has his share of revivals by some of his favorite writers such as Steve Braunstein, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams, Peter Schaffer, and Cary Pepper. His productions have been seen in Manhattan, Queens, the Hamptons, and regionally. Early on as a director, he was invited by Harold Clurman to become a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio in New York where he worked with Christopher Walken, Ben Gazzara, and Eli Wallach, his daughter Roberta Wallach, Cathy Moriarty and others on various workshops. Additionally, he directed at Playwrights Horizon, The Van Dam Theater, The Directors Company, Queens Theatre in the Park, Soho Repertory, The Comedy Club on 36th St, The National Arts Club, The Terry Schreiber Studio, The Village Vanguard and the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center to name a few. In film and digital media, Frank has produced and directed independent features, shorts, award-winning educational series such as Meet the Musicians, and documentaries on severely wounded vets from Iraq and Afghanistan for The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.

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