VAD Arts, Acting for Film and TV, Acting Classes, Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ramsey Fendall, Acting Training, demo reels, camera training

VAD Arts is thrilled to bring world-class NYC cinematographer, director and producer, Ramsey Fendall, to Victoria, BC to shoot our Acting for Film & TV Diploma Program demo reels. Students will apply skills they have learned during their actor training in our Acting for Film and TV Diploma Program to this intense two-week professional shoot.

  • Students will work with professional set protocols: call times and call sheets, meeting the different departments, crew and production etiquette, hitting focus marks, slating
  • Learning to work on a set, big or small
  • Studying physical behaviours and mannerisms and how they translate to screen
  • Intense study of on-screen performance through playback and discussion
  • How to understand what the camera sees — how a camera can be like a magnifying glass
  • The director-actor relationship, and adjusting to different directing styles
  • Learning how to perform not just for the camera, but understanding how to craft performances for the director — and often more importantly, the editor
  • Re-enforcing the need to adjust and vary one’s performances by seeking playable actions
  • The importance of listening to one’s fellow actors
  • Continuity, eye lines, wardrobe, props and ‘cheating’ for camera
  • Lighting and how it can change a scene
  • Audio considerations: volume, nuance and being ‘wired’ for sound (we will use lavs, so students get an understanding of how they are applied, and their sensitivity)
  • Collaborating with the director and with other actors
  • A discussion of doing shorts and low budget features

Each student will receive a HD industry standard demo reel with two short scenes.


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)

This is also an exciting opportunity for YOU to work with New York cinematographer / director / producer, Ramsey Fendall.
May 15 and May 22
On-Camera Acting Intro $10
  • Introduction to our physical behaviours and mannerisms and how they translate to screen
  • Introduction to the cinema script – the role of words in cinema vs. theatre
  • On-screen performance assessment through playback and group discussion


Media Training: On-Camera Intensive
Saturday, May 6, 9am-3pm (30-minute lunch break)
$250 (+GST)

With social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram all competing for our attention, the need to deliver a message on camera has become a routine part of our digital lives. We all need media training, but aren’t always clear on how to get it.

Have you ever wanted to know how to stand before a camera and appear relaxed, natural and confident? Whether for work or play, for interviews or for performance, camera-ready skills are a great asset to have. The good news is that on-camera skills can be learned and cultivated.


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