Weekly scene study (often written specifically for actors by Mr.
Film exercises (matching, hitting marks, more)
Each class begins with a lecture about acting and/or film-making.
Stanislavski, Grand Guignol, the intangible capacity and priority of
the artist to “delight and surprise”...one never knows what acting
subject Mr. Gulager’s contemplations will explore. What is for certain
is that students will be privy to a wealth of experience from Mr.
Gulager’s 50 years as a professional actor, director and teacher.
The main body of the class, scene study, was first developed before
video cameras were readily available. Class members would hover close
while the performers “worked” their scene mimicking the intimacy of
working on a set with crew members hovering around you. Locations were
and still are one of the factors which makes this class such a unique
experience. Every week class meets at a different location, sometimes
the beach, sometimes the downtown train station, a parking garage, a
car (for driving scenes) a home, a restaurant (for eating, matching
In the 1970's, with the help of his 19 year old son, John, Mr Gulager
started incorporating the use of video cameras into the class
curriculum. By the 1980's, John's camera and Diane's "boom"
(microphone) became an inseparable part of the class.
In present day the use of a different location every week continues
and every scene and most film acting exercises are shot and miked. With
the addition of the camera, the intimate proximity of students and
teacher during scene performances has not changed. It is now the
initial teaching platform where Mr. Gulager helps students become
aware of what makes a scene “camera ready”. “Camera ready” scenes
are shot focusing alternately on each actor. After all the scenes are
filmed, class meets at the studio where scenes are projected to be
viewed and critiqued by Mr. Gulager.
your interested in the workshop, drop us a line at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set up an interview.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
7:00PM (sometimes longer)
every Saturday. Rehearsal
during the week and preparation for the scene is expected and
In the mid 1960's after working in live television, guest starring on
such series as ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and while still
in the midst of starring in his first series THE TALL MAN
Clu Gulager began teaching his "Film Acting Workshop". Mr. Gulager had
trained with the highly respected
Mr. Paul Baker and studied in Paris
OF PARADISE), yet found himself unprepared for the
challenges unique to working professionally in front of the camera.
Hitting your marks, finding your light, repeating the same section of
a scene over and over again, eating 10 hot dogs, shooting out of
sequence, a noisy grumbling joking crew, almost no rehearsal, being
miked and magnified by the eye of the camera was all part of a new
language. The "Film Acting Workshop" was started to address these
challenges as well as to share the avarice Mr. Gulager feels for the
art of film making.
Students may be dismissed from CLU GULAGER’S FILM
ACTING WORKSHOP due to but not limited to: disrespect, inappropriate behavior, absences,
repeated tardiness, or, in the opinion of Mr. Gulager,
non-participation. There are no tuition refunds under these
Students who wish to withdraw from the Workshop for any reason must
submit a written notice (email is acceptable) to Diane Goldner, the
student liaison. The official date of withdrawal will be the date that
she receives the notice. Full refunds (less the deposit) are available
only before the beginning of the first class.