This past Saturday, Creative Studios Atlanta hosted a private screening at the Plaza Theatre—for friends, family and casting agents—to showcase the work of the young actors studying at the CS Film Academy.
The program, a fun series of brief sketches and mock television commercials, showcased an impressive crop of young performers, ranging in ages from five to eighteen. The screening was followed by a meet-and-greet where the actors got to meet with the industry professionals (pictured above), followed by post-screening "red-carpet" style interviews in the theatre lobby.
I caught-up with Creative Studios' Founder and CEO Ken Feinberg to discuss the showcase, and what he hopes to accomplish:
In a few words, describe the showcase: who was invited, and what was the goal?
Our intention behind the showcase is that we train actors to work in film and television. Film and TV acting is different from working on stage. So our showcase is designed to work within our medium— film/TV and commercials. We invite industry professionals who would like to see young performers. Agents, casting directors and producers.
At the screening were Jackie Burch who is currently casting a Disney movie here in town. George Pierre who is currently casting the MTV series "Teen Wolf" and agents like Joy Pervis who discovered Dakota Fanning among other great professionals also in attendance.
Tell us about the creative team behind the cameras.
Craig Tollis, who has 4 Emmys and 5 Tellys was amazing—shooting and editing the films. The rest of the team were volunteers. Young local film people who wanted to learn. Breland Warren was our boom. Anthony McHie, Gida Hammami, Nathan Standridge and Femi helped out as well. Kelly Nettles wrote the scripts. The actors prepared and rehearsed them in class.
I understand the timetable was pretty tight. To clarify, you made how many films in how many days?
We shot 10 shorts in one weekend. So we had to be organized and quick. We shot 5 shorts on Saturday and 5 more on Sunday. And we shot them one week before the screening.
It's a testament to the actors (and the editor).
The young actors came to the set prepared to work. They stayed focused even when it was raining or cold and we were able to get our shots. My basic time table was 2 hours per short. For the most part we were able to do that. The purpose of the "acting exercise" (and I call it) is to have the actors come to set prepared and ready to work.
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