Scene study (often written specifically for actors by Mr. Gulager)
Film exercises (matching, hitting marks, more)
Each actor is
given a scene, often written specifically for actors by Mr.
Gulager, and a partner. They are expected to rehearse during the week
before the workshop at least three times.
The Friday class begins with a lecture
from Clu about acting and/or film-making,
Stanislavski, Grand Guignol, the intangible capacity and priority of
the artist to “delight and surprise”. A video prepared by John will be
played to highlight a specific aspect of film acting. For example:
The rest of
the first evening is dedicated to the prepared scenes. Presenting them
to the class and to Mr. Gulager. He helps students become aware of
what makes a scene “camera ready”. “Camera ready” scenes are shot
focusing alternately on each actor. All the actors are expected to
watch Mr. Gulager work with the other actors. That is part of the
class. After all the scenes are filmed, the scenes are projected to be
viewed and critiqued by Mr. Gulager.
The next two
days are dedicated to shooting and critiquing scenes and exercises.
The class shoots in different locations, e.g., a downtown train
station, a parking garage, a car (for driving scenes) a home, a
restaurant (for eating, matching scenes), a bridge, a supermarket.
Each class has different locations (due to availability).
All scenes and
exercises are filmed, miked and played back.
coming into the workshop should expect set aside his/her whole
weekend. This is an intensive version of Clu
Gulager's Film Acting Workshop 8 week session. Footage from the 8
week workshop can be seen in the
your interested in the workshop, drop us a line at
acting @gulager.com and we'll set up an interview.
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.