JOHN HINDMAN STUDIO
Study acting with a working, award winning Writer / Director and top level industry guests.
SCENE STUDY 1 &2 - In Person Class
4 Weeks $275 - The Blank Theatre
TWO CLASSES TO CHOOSE FROM
TUESDAYS 7pm-10pm Feb 8th- March 1st
THURSDAYS 11am-2pm Feb 17th - March 10th
This class is an intense, directed, on-going scene study class. From Shakespeare to emerging new playwrights, we use the best material possible to push the actor and create a richer level of storytelling. The sole purpose of this class is to get the actor to function from a deeper emotional truth.
You will be a given a scene from a play and assigned a partner. Long scenes are encouraged as we strive to create and sustain the life of the character over an extended period of time. You are expected to know your lines and come to class having made choices. The goal of this class is to use great plays as a device to uncover the obstacles to your creative growth. It's not a contest to see who can do the best scene, but rather an emotional exploration of the character and a deepening of your understanding of your own process.
*Class size is limited. Actors will be considered Scene Study 1 or 2 based on an interview and or reel submission. Auditors must register in order to attend.
$100 per hour - 20% off for enrolled students
Whether you have an audition or you already have the part, John will work one on one with you to make sure you do your best in every take, in every performance.
On-set coaching also available for individuals and groups.
Script consultation available on a case by case basis
"We are not here to do things we can do."- John Hindman
THE AUDITION/SELF TAPE - Zoom Class
4 Weeks $200
Jan 13th-Feb 3rd
The Audition/Self-Tape is an on-camera class that will use current pilot scripts and screenplays from multiple genres. Every week actors receive sides and audition on tape.
This class will give you the tools to audition on camera for any project. Whether your technique is Adler, Stanislavsky, Alexander, Meisner or you have no formal training, you can learn how to live fully on camera in the given circumstances.
Auditioning is much different from stage acting or even being on set. It requires very specific tools in order to fully bring the character to life. Some of these tools include:
Demystifying the audition process - How can we overcome the preconceived notions we have about ourselves, the casting agent, and the character in order to be present and relaxed as a storyteller?
How to make a Self-Tape that gets noticed - Self -Tapes are the new audition. This is a technical skill combined with your creative choices. You have to learn how to objectively watch yourself - to audition for the camera, not the room. If you know the fundamentals of this process you can successfully do it on your own.
The Ability to Breakdown a Script - Stories are a sequence of events that lead to a change. The scene you are auditioning for is one of those events. What role do you play in this change? Learning how to locate the “turn” in the scene.
What is the story/ my role in it - All roads lead back to the theme. Whether you are the hero or a supporting character you play an essential role in driving the story forward towards a thematic point or resolution.
Making strong choices - What are choices and how do we make them? How can we make a strong choice that serves the author’s intent? When are we merely “trying to get noticed” vs deepening a choice that tells a richer character-specific story.
How to really listen - The ability to really listen both from and as the character will save you every time. Think of it as someone giving you directions to a destination. Pay attention and you’ll make it. Get distracted and you are lost.
How to apply notes on the spot - You just got an adjustment. Now what? How to deliver on the spot and get to the “spirit of the note”.
Overcoming nerves in all situations - The inner opponent and how to get them on your side.
How to live fully in a close-up - Different frame sizes call for different skills. How to tell what is required and give the director what they need.
Genres and Networks - Every kind of story has essential elements and beats that are specific to that style of storytelling. If you know what they are your work is more focused and clear.
In this class, we will work from current scripts from every genre -Comedy, Drama, 1/2 hour comedy, Multi-cam vs. Single cam, Film, & Short Film
*Class size is limited. Actors will be considered for this class based on interview and or reel submission. Auditors must register in order to attend.
SCREENWRITING STORY STRUCTURE CLASS - FEATURING INDUSTRY GUESTS
The hardest thing about writing is knowing what to write – Syd Field
Many of us have had a great idea for a story only to have it die slowly once we try and turn it into a screenplay. Or worse, you’ve been unable to even begin due to a lack of understanding of how screenplays work. You’ll receive what every writer needs; a roadmap that breaks down the necessary story elements that you need in order to tell your story. Whether you’re an actor, writer, director, or producer you need to understand how stories work in order to contribute to them on any level. This five-week workshop explores and explains the various schools of thought on screenwriting using popular films as a guide. All great films have the same story building elements in common. If you know what they are you have a good chance of telling a story that works.
Special industry guests will offer their insight and experience on all levels of the screenplay process. Past guests have included: Actor Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, To Kill A Mockingbird) Writer Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame) Oscar Nominated Producer Kevin Messick- (Vice, The Big Short, HBO's Succession) and Oscar winning editor William Goldenberg (Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Heat, The Insider).
Breaking down the language of screenplays
What makes dialogue work?
Theme- what is it and how to make it great
Writing great characters - Heroes and opponents
Q and A with Special Guest
Breaking down the first act of a film
Exploring a current screenwriting template and finding what works - Mining your life for ideas
Q and A with Special Guest
Breaking down the second act of a film
Screenwriting template #2
Q and A with Special Guest
Breaking down the third act of a film.
Finding your ending
Screenwriting template #3
Q and A with Special Guest
Cards – what they are and how to use them
How to go from an idea to a finished script
Establishing a writing routine you can stick to
After eighteen years of teaching John Hindman has opened his own studio in the heart of Hollywood on Theater Row. Using his experience as a writer/director John will guide students through the rigorous and detailed work of character building in an on-going scene study class.
As a writer, his script The Dream of the Romans was included on Hollywood’s famous Black List. He is the writer and director of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominee The Answer Man starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham. His latest film, The Passing Parade, was selected as the opening night film for the Boston Film Festival where it won Best Actress. It was released August 2019 on all platforms.
John has written for studios, producers, as well as television as a staff writer for NBC/Universal's sitcom Bad Judge for Gary Sanchez Productions.
Theatrically, John has directed multiple award-winning productions including David Auburn’s Proof and Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart as well as Cyndy Lou Johnson’s Brilliant Traces and Dusk Rings a Bell by Stephen Belber. His re-imagining of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries was a commercial and critical success. John was also one of the directors of the groundbreaking Noir Series which was the first Los Angeles theatrical production to be live streamed globally.
John's script "Unstoppable" is being produced by Dwayne Johnson and 7 Bucks Productions. In addition, William Goldenberg is directing John's "Savage" with Zero Gravity producing.