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Directors: How to Communicate with Actors

Starts July 27

1 session: Wednesday, July 27, 7–9:30 pm

Taught by professional actor Paul Cram, who has worked on hundreds of student films, as well as movie sets in Hollywood, Boston, Florida, and many other states, this workshop is designed for beginning to intermediate film directors. Learn from an actor’s perspective how to effectively communicate with actors in order to attract them to your projects and get the best performances. You’ll even get some tips on a few quick fixes for bad acting. It’s highly recommended that you’ve worked on a film set at least once and have a general knowledge of film industry lingo. Be prepared to assume the role of actor for some workshop exercises.

Tuition: $55 regular/$40 member/$30 low-income

Paul Cram head shot_cropPaul Cram travels coast-to-coast in the USA working on independent films (IMDB credits), commercials, and narrates audio books. He recently was nominated for Best Actor in the local Z Fest Film Festival for his performance in the short film To Myself. During his time away from film sets and recording booths he serves on the Inspire Arts board at HCMC hospital, volunteers with the Minnesota Literacy Council’s Buddy-Up-And-Read program, and can usually be found deep-frying cream cheese wontons in his older sister’s kitchen or debating pop culture with his little brother.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, IFP MN may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another course if scheduled in the same calendar year.
    For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
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July 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Paul Cram
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July 22, 2016
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1 session: Wednesday, July 27, 7–9:30 pm