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Screen Naturalism: Improv Tools for Performers and Directors

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Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

1131 Howe Street

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Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7

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$40 + taxes | Cineworks Member
$50 + taxes | Concessions and Community Partner Members*
$60 + taxes | General Admission

Instructor: Daniel Conrad


How can directors evoke and refine naturalistic work from performers?
How can performers heighten the naturalism of gestures, expressions and movement for camera?

Performing for screen raises special challenges that call for specific skills from actors, dancers and even documentary subjects, and one route to natural or realistic presence is to learn and channel motivation through improvisation. But ‘improv’ is not just random impulse; freedom is a variable. Too much breeds lack of focus, so directors try to focus it with rules and motivations. Motivations force you to enter real moments rather than following memorized sequences.

In this workshop, participants will learn to enhance on-screen naturalism by performing special partnered improv exercises to camera, developing expertise in ‘non-initiation’. By responding to action rather than initiating it, we enter real moments. Thus, we act as if our partner is always right. In a monologue, the audience is our partner. In film, it’s the camera.

This workshop is ideal for directors of drama, documentary, and dance. It is also an excellent introduction for stage and screen actors and dancers who want to develop realistic/naturalistic presence for camera, and for prospective documentary subjects who wish to discipline physical presence on screen. Video footage shot and reviewed in this workshop will be made available to participants following the session.

Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing.


About the Instructor

Daniel Conrad’s dance films and documentaries have screened at numerous festivals including Locarno, Montréal World, London Int'l, Hamburg Kurzfilm, Valladolid, Seattle Int'l (Best of Fest Shorts), New York Dance on Camera (2 Silver Awards), Golden Prague (Dagmar & Vaclav Havel Prize), Toronto Moving Pictures (Audience Choice Award), Dance Camera West (Los Angeles), Vancouver Int'l, and many more. His work has been purchased by PBS, the CBC, ZDF, CFCF, SCN, TVE, Ovation, ARTV, Knowledge, Bravo, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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* Community partners include Women In Film, and DOC BC

Accessibility
This venue has a temporary ramp for wheelchair access to washrooms. Washroom stalls may not accommodate wider wheelchair models, and wider facilities are available in our immediate neighbourhood.

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Please note: access to membership discounts can be obtained with a Cineworks General Membership ($40 annually). Please call 604-685-3841 for details.

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Sakinah Iman and Chris Beier, Sex Signals, education through improvisation exercises



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1131 Howe Street

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Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7

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