Acting Classes in Los Angeles
At Peter Valentino Productions we currently have two acting classes in Los Angeles, Thursdays 7 – 10 PM and Saturdays 2 – 5 PM. Our Filmmaking Workshop meets on Saturdays at 10 AM. We shoot scenes and monologues with the actors from the two acting classes. These scenes started in class as cold readings. We are also bringing in script writers and working towards our own webisode.
ACTING CLASSES IN LOS ANGELES FOR TV AND FILM
Peter Valentino has his own style of acting instruction. It is based on allowing the natural emotions to come forth. Acting is not pretending, it is being real.
ACTOR DEMO REELS
These days, every serious actor needs an actor demo reel. These should be no more than two minutes in length and ideally should contain 3 to 4 excerpts from scenes you’ve done. Shooting a scene is an important part of your eFducation. You have to know the protocol and how to act with the camera.
In this workshop, we will be working hands-on with camera, audio equipment, lights, and actors. We will be working on editing using Final Cut Pro 7, Premier Pro and After Effects. The student will experience taking something from script to final product.
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PETER VALENTINO PRODUCTIONS is a HOLLYWOOD production company dedicated to producing independent films which create social awareness. It was established in 2007 by Peter Valentino.
Peter had numerous bands as a lead singer and guitarist playing at all the local venues in LA while he studied acting. He then moved to New York City and did numerous shows with his bands. He put out two CDs with his band Y, and three CDs with his band Neon Venus. Peter did numerous gigs and events, and toured for the military in 2004 in the Middle East. A documentary of the tour played on MTV. Back from tour, Peter moved to Las Vegas where he founded the Neon Venus Art Theatre. He then started a sister theater in Hollywood, California. Peter has done all forms of acting: stage plays, live improvisation, comedy, television and film. He enjoys teaching acting classes in Los Angeles for film and television. Valentino writes and shoots many short films often using his students as actors. He has three feature films under his belt. Peter is in pre-production on his fourth feature film, soon to be announced. Valentino still uses his broad musical capabilities in the soundtracks of his films.
Acting Classes in Los Angeles
Film Scene Study-All Levels
Classes on Saturdays 2PM- 5PM
$120 for 4 weeks
Acting Classes in Los Angeles, Film Scene Study, with Peter Valentino:
Each actor performs two or three times in class. We supply sides (scripts) from film and television. Scenes are started from cold readings between two actors. The instructor will make comments and then the scene is run again with the new direction. The scene will then evolve to being off-book. You will learn to connect with your emotions and bring them up at will and to live in the moment as that person. The character becomes real, their emotions are real, etc. We teach scene study for film and television. We work a lot on script and character analysis. You will also learn audition skills, monologues, etc. Monologues are important to the Actor. A monologue is the easiest way to show off your acting skills. Agents often need to see a monologue before they will work with you. Each actor should have two monologues: one comedic and one dramatic.
ACTOR DEMO REELS and SELF-TAPING
Monologue reel: Location or green screen – $125
2 person film style scene – $200
Professional Self-Taping – $30/half-hour. $50/hour.
Monologue actors reel pieces
We will shoot scenes from the acting class when they are ready. Actors in class can also do a monologue reel, such as above, where it is focused on just the one actor with another providing the “shoulder” for an over-the-shoulder shot. This will combine with close-ups to make a professional actors reel piece.
Peter Valentino, November 17, 2015
Acting training is really, at essence, fear reduction training. Because of the fact that we have been punished for so many different behaviors, it sets up the fear patterns in each individual. As a result, you have these knee-jerk reactions to things, where you just get that fear in you. Our general thinking as a people, is very fear oriented in many ways. When two actors get up, they may initially fear each other to some degree, or fear actually being up in front of others. And so we’re working on that in class. We’re creating a space or container to allow people to let go of that. Also, we are utilizing methodologies of releasing fear and just getting to the real self.
And that’s when you’re acting, when you are behaving in the moment without any reference to whether it is OK or not. And all of us can learn this. Spontaneity. It’s a matter of self trust. Knowing yourself enough to allow yourself to be yourself.
It seems that Acting is quite misunderstood. People think of Acting as pretending. It is far more about being real, because it’s about dropping that disguise and being authentic in your behavior. You learn to be real with your emotions and more immediate with your responses to things. You allow yourself to experience life, the life of another, in an unguarded way. This is the quality that allows the actor to let go of worrying about the audience or the camera. Through constant repetition, you learn to create your own imaginary world, and to live with in it.
It is an interesting aspect of acting training that by playing another you come to know yourself better.
Shaman Smith Recording at PVP is focused on postproduction for film and sessions for singers or singer-songwriters. We primarily use ProTools and Logic Pro programs, plus the RX-5 noise reduction system which greatly enhances the audio on your film. We have a great sounding Neumann U-87 mic for vocals, with the Avalon tube mic preamp for the best professional sound. We have excellent engineers/producers who are veterans of film post-production and music production.
Rate: $40 per hour. Block booking rates are also available.
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