It’s not often that actors get the chance to work face to face with, and pick the brains of, a leading director such as David Caesar. On Saturday twelve of us had just such an opportunity and were able to make the most of it thanks to Denise Roberts, Principal of Screenwise. The day was a mix of discussion, working on camera and tight direction from David, followed by a debriefing session with Denise that developed into one of the most important parts of the day.
This is the sort of work that is invaluable to an actor, in my view, especially when it involves people you don’t know and whose working methods may be very different to your own. And the great thing is that, unlike the theatre, you can see and review the results. By the end of the day each of us had a DVD showing the initial take (our own interpretation), followed by usually two to three more takes as directed by David.
The differences were at once apparent and revealing. If I ever figure out a way of transferring them to this blog I’ll do so and you can see how this worked for yourselves. In the meantime, take a look at the Screenwise website and if you do get the opportunity to do a workshop with one of the guest directors or with Denise herself, take it. Believe me when I say you will be very glad that you did.