Next acting generation honing their craft with virtual classes
As the slow creep out of the COVID-19 lockdown continues to bite the next generation of isolated film students are being given a helping hand in their studies by some established industry names.
Higher education across the globe has been thrown into disruption during this pandemic.
But MetFilm School, with campuses at Ealing Studios in London and BUFA Berlin, is paving the way to keeping students engaged during lockdown and between virtual lectures.
Big film industry names helping the next generation
MetFilm School has launched the “Virtual Grindhouse” with master classes from actor Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones, The Wife, Tomorrow Never Dies, Evita), writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Gentleman Jack), cinematographer Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redemption, Skyfall, Blade Runner 2049 and 1917) and many more.
MetFilm School Director Jonny Persey said: “One of the most important features of university life is a sense of community, which could too easily be lost during these times of social distancing and self-isolation.”
The director added: “So, we have launched an online community, named after the café at our London campus, The Grindhouse.
“The Virtual Grindhouse is home to online master classes, filming competitions, and opportunities curated from across industry.
“At MetFilm School we are keeping our community together and, despite our international student base, with many having returned to their home countries, we’re cutting through physical borders, bringing people who have a love of films and a love of making films together.”
Navigating acting classes virtually
He further added: “The unfamiliar territory that we find ourselves in has heightened our use of technology which the students are already familiar with, but, it’s not just about the technical craft of making films, it’s the ability to tell a story.
“And, right now we need those stories to help us make sense of what’s happening in the world.”There are two scheduled classes taking place with more to come.
Up and coming classes
On Tuesday, May 26, at 1pm, there will be a master class held by Lenny Abrahamson.
On Thursday May 28 at 6pm there is another master class held by Seamus McGarvey. And there will be further master classes to be confirmed by Paul Mescal, Carl Gottleib and Jo Strevens.