Seminar/ Workshop “The actor in front of the camera”
In cooperation with European Commission Representation in Cyprus and Cyprus Community Media Centre
Organizer: Thanassis Sarantos, actor, director
The delicacy in which someone handles the camera is a capture relationship, a knowledge relationship, a magic and mysterious procedure. The seminar aims at comprehending this issue, comprehending the way in which an actor/ actress delivers their performance in front of the camera, in front the photographic or the cinematographic lens.
Acting on a theatrical play, on a TV series, on a film. What makes them different and how can the director or the actor approach better their choices? Where do photography and cinema derive from? Which characteristic is attached to its roots and in which ways does it evolve as time passes by? What differences arise from the “mother” theatrical action? How does the space, scenery, costumes, make up, motion, invade and define a performance? In which ways have technological means drastically changed the way we play a part?
Theatrical play and rehearsals. Film script and rehearsals. The whole ensemble. Text discontinuity. The relationship with the audience and crew. Sentimentality and detached collaboration. The lens, body, lights, microphone, equipage. Both the actor and the director are connected to the issue of deep knowledge and conquest of the actor’s performance in front of the camera. The actor’s realization, psychology, nervousness, forms of expression, voice, body and soul. Frames and the way audience and observers perceive them.
Within the seminar framework, apart from theoretical approaches, the screening of films distinguished for their actors’ major performances will be included, along with their analysis. Furthermore, there will be a practical approach interfering with the use of a text and performing exercises in front of the camera. Also, a short film will be created and it is going to be screened on October 18th at Pallas theatre.
- Seminar Dates: 13-17 October 2010
- Location: European Parliament Information Office – 30 Vyronos Avenue, CY-1096 Nicosia. Tel. +357 / 22 87 05 00
- The participation fee in the five-day seminar is 150 Euros and you are eligible for a Free Registration in the festival
- Students‘ participation fee is 110 Euros.
REPRESENTATION IN CYPRUS
Thanassis Sarantos / Director, actor
Born in Athens, he studied English Literature in Athens, Acting at the Carolos Koun Drama Theater School in Athens and Film Direction at the New York Film Academy on scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Onassis Foundation and the Greek Film Centre. While in New York, he worked as an actor and assistant director under Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center (2000) and went on to perform in Wilson’s production of Prometheus at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall (2001). On his return to Greece, he acted and directed in a number of
Greek theaters, played various roles on Greek TV and founded the Ithikon Akmeotaton production company, directing Albert Camus’ Caligula (2000), Antoine de Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince (2003) and two plays by Marius von Mayenburg—The Ugly One (2008) and The Dog, the Night and the Knife (2009)—for the stage. He also served a scriptwriting internship in Berlin in 2007as part of the Nipkow Programm, during which he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival.
2001 Cold Turkey, 16mm, 4min, B/W.
2001 Give me the Rose and the Glove, (To Ganti), 35mm, 9min, B/W. Second prize for best student film at the Film Festival of Drama, 2001. Best Photography award at Athens’ 3rd Fantastic Film Festival. Winner of a Greek Film Centre scholarship.
2004 White Light, (Εn Lefko), 35mm, 22 min, color. Audience Award at the1st Cyprus International Film Festival, 2006. Special Mention at the 13th Mediterranean Festival of New Filmmakers in Larissa, 2005. National Film Award 2004 (Greek Ministry of Culture for Short Film). Greek Film Centre award. Honorary distinction for best acting in the Film Festival of Drama 2004.
2009 Maria, 35mm, 27 min, color. Best photography award in the 4trh International Film Festival of Cyprus. Competition in the Drama and Larissa Film Festival in 2009 and 201