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From Stage to Screen Retreat

Learn how to transfer your performance easily and effortlessly
Peter Firth Both Feet Showreels Class

Are you wanting to feel more confident in front of the camera?

Perhaps understand the technical aspects so they feel less scary / daunting?

Or learn how to bring truth to the same line over and over again?

 

Dream team Steph and Pete are ready to help you discover how simple the transition can really be. 

As a coach Steph specialises in safely guiding actors to trust themselves enough to let the camera in. Whilst Pete specialises in the film industry and the technicalities and detail of camera work. 

 

Join us for a 3 day immersive retreat experience which will enrich your craft and your life.

What we'll cover
  • Basic understanding of cameras / lenses

  • Working with script

  • Continuity - How to understand what matters without compromising performance.

  • Finding the ease in front of the camera

  • How to bring it take after take, after take

  • Play back analysis - what works and doesn't work and why?

  • Exploring difference between theatre acting and camera acting

  • How to be an editor's dream

  • An introduction to camera lenses and what they mean to you as an actor

  • Common pitfalls and challenges when working on camera.

 

During the course you will have the opportunity to work with a camera and see how your performance comes across first hand. You will gain valuable feedback, and be able to reflect on and refine your technique.

What's included
  • Accomodation at our custom built studio and retreat space in the rolling hills of North Wales

  • Tailored coaching, directing and advice from Stephanie Morgan

  • Indepth filming knowledge and training from Peter Firth of Multi-tool Media

  • Wild swimming to awaken the senses

  • Country walks in the wilds of Wales

  • Open flame dinner on the Welsh moors

 

Accommodation 
  • You'll be staying in our custom built studio and retreat nestled in the rolling Welsh countryside.

 

  • ​Sleeping up to twelve people, our accommodation is the perfect place to relax and bond with your group.   

  • We have a patio garden and balcony for moments of calm and boundless countryside to explore.  

  • Want to find out more about the accommodation?  Click here! 

  • Getting here is easier than you think. You can drive or we can help with car sharing / collection from Chester/Ruabon if someone's not passing your route. And the T10 bus stops right outside our door!

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Your Coach

Stephanie Morgan

Stephanie Morgan is a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and mBIT (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques) Master Coach and have worked and coached all over the UK and across the seas. 

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Peter Firth

Your Coach

Pete Firth - Multi-tool Media

Pete Firth runs Multi-Tool Media, a small North Wales based production company. He is a specialist camera operator, director of photography / Lighting cameraman and
drone pilot, predominantly working in broadcast television and film, working across an extensive range of genres.

Upcoming Events

  • Stage to Screen Retreat
    Stage to Screen Retreat
    Sun, Feb 04
    Corwen
    Feb 04, 2024, 5:00 PM – Feb 08, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Corwen, Bodlondeb, Corwen LL21 0NY, UK
    Feb 04, 2024, 5:00 PM – Feb 08, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Corwen, Bodlondeb, Corwen LL21 0NY, UK
    Learn how to transfer your performance from the stage to on screen. Are you wanting to feel more confident in front of the camera? Join us for a 3 day immersive retreat experience which will enrich your craft and your life.
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Please note: 

The maximum time we can hold a space for is 24 hours during which time you must have paid your deposit and signed up in order for your place to be guaranteed. 

  • How do I get to my Both Feet Actor Training Retreat?
    It's easier to get to us than you think! All our retreats are run from our home base Bodlondeb Studio & Retreat: Bodlondeb Studio & Retreat Dinmael, Corwen, LL21 0NY You can get here by plane, train, bus or car - https://www.both-feet.co.uk/find-us Good to know: In order to ensure all retreat participants can have as much fun as possible, we try to encourage roughly three - four people from each group to drive. Often groups under this number will come together and hire a car for the period to allow flexibility. (This can be confirmed the week prior to your retreat when your groups WhatsApp chat group is created.)
  • What should I bring?
    Rest assured that a week before your retreat you'll be sent a Welcome Pack with all the information you'll need. Within that there is a full packing list. However, if you want to get ahead... Decent solid footwear for outdoor walking Decent footwear for wet outdoor activities (no crocs for Stand Up Paddleboarding, coasteering or canyoning where relevant) Wet shoes/crocs or trainers that you are prepared to get wet are suggested if you're coming wild swimming (they make the walk in kinder). Lightweight clothing such as leggings/shorts/joggers, t-shirt/synthetic top/fleece - We always advise having many layers available to you. Waterproof jacket/trousers (weather depending). Swimwear (and a little wet clothes bag) Wet shoes/crocs or trainers for swimming if relevant Hoodies, jumpers or fleeces Small rucksack Towels - Shower one and swim one Indoor studio shoes if you’d rather have footwear on in the studio. Hat, gloves and scarf (weather depending) Consider what you'll need if one set is drying out... Must haves… Bath towel & towel for activities where relevant Any special food requirements Bottle of water Notepad & pen General suggestions Slippers & PJs Suncream (I’m being hopeful!) Insect repellent Cash for washing machine Most forgotten items: Note pad and pen, waterproofs, towels, swimming stuff inc. shoes, walking boots and trainers.
  • Will I get down time?
    Yes! All our courses and retreats are created to are designed to allow you some free time and reflection time.
  • If I need to, can I miss a day?
    We can't allow people to miss days as it compromises the training not only for yourself but for the rest of the group. However, if you need to do self tapes during the retreat, speak to Steph as she'll always do what she can to support you.
  • Do you provide meals and can you accommodate my dietary requirements?
    When you sign up for a retreat you'll be given the opportunity to inform us of any dietary requirements and medical conditions we should be aware of. In terms of food/meals... Retreats under 2 days: Your food will be provided in line with yours and the groups dietary requirements. Retreats over 2 days: We provide your first meal for your arrival day and a welcome breakfast for your first morning in line with the groups dietary requirements. It is the groups responsibility to put in a group food order for your retreats meals. There is time scheduled in to do this upon arrival however, you may wish to this order through in advance.
  • Do I have to swim?
    Our retreats include optional morning wild swimming and many involve outdoor activities including stand up paddle boarding or tubing. If you are a non or not a confident swimmer, that is ok. You can still take part in the activities and wild swimming. Many non-swimmers who have attended have come to the wild swimming and walked into the water to a height of comfort for them. If you have any concerns or fears, speak to Steph in advance or upon arrival and you can fully discuss your level of comfort in the water.
  • I have additional needs. Can you accommodate them?
    If you feel you have additional needs, contact Steph and we can work through it together.
  • Where can I find more frequently asked questions?
    Simply click here and you'll find our full extended list of FAQs
  • Where can I find the terms and conditions?
    Click here to read our full list of terms and conditions.

Some of the differences...

We asked Peter for his perspective on why this course would be good for actors...

Peter Firth

How you look at a scene differently from a director/actors perspective?

Directors and actors will generally be concerned about the story its characters and their emotions, where as the camera team will be looking at, and more concerned with, the look and feel of the images, and how well they serve and tell that story. We will be more critical about lighting composition and framing of the images rather than an actors performance, each of these elements are of course equally important to the overall production value in the end.

Peter Firth Both Feet Showreels Class

What may be the challenges for a theatrically trained actor transitioning to on camera work?

 I’m a firm believer that the craft of acting is the same, its the the size of the audience that changes, as an actor you must adapt to that, rather than hundreds of people in a theatre, you are now acting to one person or camera, in a far more intimate way, and, theres no hiding, the camera sees everything, from the most subtle look, to the grandest gesture, theres no need to project a performance for camera, the lens will come to you, its all about ensuring the performance is appropriate and realistic. Equally, in theatre theres no-one to tell you if you’ve made a mistake or missed a line, you adapt and carry on, although you may do this when acting for camera your quite likely to be stopped and asked for a re take, you can look at this in different ways, it could be a positive as the medium allows for you as an actor to go back and improve with each take, but at the same time this can all too often be frustrating and difficult if your not used to it. 

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What do you think a lot of actors don’t necessarily get taught..?

Understanding how your performance translates on camera and how every subtlety is captured would be invaluable to someone making the transition from stage to screen. Equally some understanding of different departments and their roles, cameras and lenses, and terminology used on set will help you both prepare and perform at your best when you're in front of the camera.

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