On-Camera Acting Technique

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july, 2019

02jul7:00 pm10:00 pmOn-Camera Acting Technique


Event Details

FREE Introduction to this course on Tuesday June 11, 7-9pm!

On-Camera Acting Technique

with Graham McDonald & Ramsey Fendall

Tuesday evenings 7-10pm (June 25-July 30) at 4 Corners Community Collective, 1508 Haultain Street

If you are looking for techniques that will develop your on-camera presence using your own unique skill sets, On-Camera Acting Technique is for you!

We will work with students at their individual experience level, and so all levels are welcome. Some experience with character development and script breakdown is useful but not a prerequisite for this course. Script work will change regularly, and will focus on advancing camera presence through dialogue, monologues, and camera exercises. Post-shoot viewing sessions and group-led constructive critique will take place in each class, offering students a safe environment in which to grow in their work.

The course objectives are for students to advance their on-camera performance techniques through focused, natural and spontaneous work, while fostering brave choices that will have them standing out from the crowd.

On-Camera Acting Technique

with Graham McDonald & Ramsey Fendall

Tuesdays, June 25-July 30, 7-10pm – $240 (no tax)

Secure your seat by e-transfer to grahamseytheory@gmail.com. Please include the name of the student and email address. Please note that refunds, partial refunds or make-up classes are not offered.

Students enrolled in this course are eligible for discounted pricing on production services from Grahamsey Theory, including demo reel material, private coaching,  audition tapes, and other services.

We prefer small class sizes so each student gets more time on camera – space is limited.

“Graham has an unconventional head-to-tail approach to acting — he is able to create a teaching environment that feels safe to explore one’s individuality while celebrating the value of the team dynamic. Graham is one of the most caring and insightful teachers I have ever worked with.”

— Fletcher Donovan, A Million Little Things (ABC), Supernatural (FX Network), Unspeakable (CBC/Sundance TV), The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Studios), DRINK, SLAY, LOVE (Lifetime)

“Graham McDonald’s style is like no other. He has the precision of a surgeon in his direction, and with his hands-on style, has the ability to completely re-route a scene, leaving the actors with a depth of understanding of themselves and their characters.”

— Leanne Allen, Actor, Victoria

“Ramsey is that rare combination of working filmmaker and natural teacher. We have collaborated on a variety of film projects — fiction and documentary — and whether it is directing, behind the camera or in the edit suite, he is uniquely able to combine long experience with a sense of craft and creative flare. Ramsey is also able to distill his immense knowledge of the many technical aspects of filmmaking, and not only put it to work, but patiently teach it by example to those lucky enough to be working with him.”

— Elizabeth Giamatti, A Woman Like Me (producer and director), All Is Bright(producer), Cold Souls (producer), Pretty Bird (producer)

Graham McDonald biography

Graham is an actor’s director. He is also a co-founder of Grahamsey Theory, a boutique independent film production company in Victoria, BC. He is known for his hands-on and personal style of teaching and directing. Actors feel comfortable around him and he gets results. He has been producing independent film and theatre for over 20 years. His recent directing credits include: Norman – short film (SHORT CIRCUIT: Pacific Rim Film Festival 2019) Seat of My Pants Productions, Crown Appointed Counsellor – Grahamsey Theory (an ongoing improvised feature), Death – music video for August Mountain, Year-end Performance Project: Demo Reels with Ramsey Fendall, Things We Said Today by Neil LaBute – The Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, Bent by Martin Sherman – Victoria Refugee Initiative, Goers Art Project (short film), Autobahn by Neil LaBute – The Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley – Belle & The Tide, Lear by Edward Bond – The Victoria Academy of Arts, Runaway by Mika Laulainen – Theatre SKAM, Siblings (short film), the operas Cosi fan tutte by Mozart and Don Pasquale by Donizetti – Fear No Opera, Blackbird by David Harrower, The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh, The Crackwalker by Judith Thompson, Shining City by Conor McPherson, Pornography by Simon Stephens, The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, The Caretaker by Harold Pinter, The Life Inside by J.F. Tait (AD) – The Belfry, Swimming to Cambodia Spalding Gray, and Moscow Stations adapted from the novel Vendict Yerofeev by Steven Mulrine, which had its off Broadway debut in NYC. Graham has taught locally at VAD Arts, Kaleidoscope Theatre, and Theatre Inconnu. He has worked as a teacher and acting coach for the past 15 years.

Ramsey Fendall biography

Ramsey Fendall is a filmmaker and co-founder Grahamsey Theory, a boutique independent film production company in Victoria, BC. He also co-founded Room 5 Films, a New York City-based production company. As a producer, director and cinematographer with over fifteen years of professional experience, Ramsey has worked on a variety of commercials, shorts, feature length documentaries and narrative films. Ramsey’s credits include shorts such as Major Arcana (Raindance London, 2018), Death of a Pop Star (Glasgow, 2011), Works of Art (SF Asian American Film Festival, 2010), The Last Leatherman of the Vale of Cashmere (Telluride, TIFF, 2016), The End (Hamptons, 2016) and the feature length films Con Artist (Tribeca, 2009), Kisses, Chloe (Hamptons, 2009), BAM 150(Tribeca, 2012), Seymour: An Introduction, directed by Ethan Hawke (Telluride, TIFF and New York Film Festival, 2014), and most recently, Major Arcana (2017). When not behind the camera, Ramsey also works as an editor on documentary and fiction films, including Moving Midway (New Directors/New Films, 2008), Skatopia(Amsterdam, 2009), and A Woman Like Me (SxSW and HotDocs, 2015), directed by Liz Giamatti and Alexandra Sichel.



(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Four Corners Event Center

1508 Haultain Street


Graham McDonaldgrahamseytheory@gmail.com