Directing Actors for Film – A Student Guide

28th Oct 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

A Masterclass by Guy Evans on Directing Actors for Film

Ever thought………..Actors? What are they all about then? I know I have to have them in my film but how do I direct them? Should I rehearse my cast beforehand?

But then, if I do, how do I get them to be spontaneous on-set? Should I get them to improvise their own dialogue and just leave them to it? And who is this guy, Stanislavski, anyway?

If any of these questions seem familiar to you, or you would just like to know more about what actors do and how they do it, and why all good actors need good directors, come along and find out.

The lecture will cover

  • What is ‘acting’?
  • The director-actor relationship in film
  • Directing actors for film: preparation and performance
  • What do actors want?

Guy Evans is a professional actor and theatre director. He trained at Birmingham School of Acting then went on to be coached in Method Acting by Sam Rumbelow of The Actors Studio. He has appeared in numerous short independent and student films as well as a very, VERY fleeting appearance in… ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’ (blink and you will miss me).

His film work includes playing a ‘willing meal’ for a cannibal, a drug dealer, a heroin junkie, anti-hero black-blood-addicted vampire-slayer, numerous cheating husbands/boyfriends and dodgy lovers, a few weirdo loners, a deep-sea diver, and dictatorial theatre-director (I am still waiting to land that role of ‘just a nice guy’!).

He has taken stage roles as diverse as Richard III, Jesus Christ and a Samurai warrior. His first ever performance was in a lecture hall in St Mary’s University London and his most recent in Harold Pinter’s Night at Camden’s fringe festival. Guy also has directed and designed several stage shows including The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, and is currently preparing for a production next year of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Guy has advised several independent film directors on directing techniques and has taught at the University of Derby Film & Video Production course for the past three years.

Find out more about Guy Evens here

For further information email Rosa Fong

Presented in Room E1