METHOD: Love, the Opposing Force

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METHOD: Love, the Opposing Force

We have no control over our heart. When it decides to give itself up to someone, it dives in fully, head first, without your approval or permission whether you like it or no. The possibility of being happily in love exists but more often than not love can be a brutal process that leaves your mind warped and your soul dismantled.

Stress Cardiomyopathy or ‘The Broken Heart Syndrome’ is a rare yet lethal heart condition caused by emotional stress. Love can cause physical pain and even death.

The pain that Daniel feels is the expression of the impossible love story he finds himself submerged in. He is deeply in love for the first time in his life, as an actor he uses this strong real emotion to build his character but this exercise might kill him, every time he recalls his love he suffers from sharp chest pain and shortens of breath. This is torture; he anticipates the loss and the failure in his emotional pursuit.

He is awestricken with Eva on that eventful day, and after only one encounter he has fallen deeply for her, but then she disappears from his life. Even so, she has become the object of his love, his passion and his obsession. She disappears leaving Daniel hopeless, the pain intensifies, Daniel’s condition worsens. The next time they see each other it is under circumstances that put a great strain in their relationship, their devotion to METHOD is lethal for their love, whichever way they play it, it will be a no win situation for both. Daniel, in fiction, needs Eva’s love to lead him to the truest form of his character, in real life, he needs her love merely to survive. Eva’s character, Susie, is determined to break up the relationship, this added to to the fact that the emotional memories and pain she employs to guide her into character are pulling her further and further away from reality and from accepting Daniel’s love. Leading her into a pit of darkness, a world created through grief.

Against his actor’s ‘truth’ Daniel struggles to have his love returned, this proves impossible in ‘truth’ and in ‘fiction’ thus the obsession intensifies as Eva is indeed vital for Daniel’s survival. He can loose his life. The only way to stop the pain is to have Eva yet she is slowly disappearing. Daniel’s relies on his character Danny to protect him from the eminent fall. If he can only assume Danny’s mind and heart; his ulterior motives, his superficiality and his selfishness, if he can manage to transform into his character, in the process of finding its truth, only then he can survive. His struggle becomes a conflict between the truth of his character and his own truth. Each, if successfully accomplished, can potentially lead to his recovery and survival yet the possibilities are thin since ‘love’ is the opposing force.

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METHOD: Love Analysis

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METHOD: Love Analysis

Method acting training submerges in the subconscious mind finding the information necessary to create a character. Drawing true emotion from past experiences, feelings and senses to convey truth. Derived from Stanislavsky’s system, a psychophysical approach,  and fixed with Strasberg’s adaptation, a psychological approach. The actor completes emotional identification during his character building work.

The love element depicted in METHOD short film, tells the story of impossible love. Both subjects Eva and Daniel are deeply submerged in the process of creating their character. They painfully self inflict instability, in order to reflect the truth of their role. Using experiences, feelings and emotions. They allow no limits, dangerously putting their physical and mental health at risk. Eventually loosing their selves to Method work. Whether they would be together or not in real life, the characters they build pursue opposite and conflicting objectives.

In the film within the film the character, Danny is obsessed with a woman who he wants to marry. This woman, Susie, the character, wants to break the relationship. Danny’s motives are self -serving and obscure. While Susie’s insecurities make her feel undeserving of his love and claustrophobic to his obsession. Meanwhile the actors Eva and Daniel, have fallen in love.  But their love cannot be fulfilled not only because of the opposing character objective but more so the experiences, feelings and emotions they are relying on to build their characters blossom coming to the surface creating a barrier between them.

 

 

‘The Short’ Screen Acting Course

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School of Theatre 

Presents

Curso de Interpretación ante la Cámara

EL CORTO

School of Theatre le invita a asistir a  

Curso Intensivo.  Impartido por Sylvia L Johnson.

Las Palmas 8 -12 de Agosto 2016,  150€ .  EL CORTO

El curso explora las habilidades esenciales que se requieren para actuar en el cine o la televisión.  Los alumnos trabajarán tanto en grupo como individualmente con la directora professional Sylvia Love Johnson. Durante el curso se explora  la elaboración de material para la pantalla, la interpretación del  guión y el desarrollo personajes creíbles.

Preparación: Una vez reservan su plaza, los alumnus reciben un pack de información, tareas y material de preparación que deberán de completar antes de asistir al curso el primer día.

La Elaboración de material:  Mediante talleres de improvisación y análisis textual, los alumnus explorarán el proceso de creación de trama  mediante  el desarrollo de un corto. El trabajo de los estudiantes se rueda a lo largo del curso

El Método: Explora y crea el personaje desde dentro del ser, basándose en  experiencias pasadas, sentimientos y emociones  en búsqueda de la ‘verdad’ del actor. El curso se imparte mediate una serie de talleres.

EL CORTO: El curso trabaja hacía la realización de un corto que será el resultado del proceso de aprendizaje; trama, creación de personajes, exploración y experimentación de las técnicas empleadas en El Método.

Contenido de los TalleresLos estudiantes exploran diversas técnicas de actuación,  improvisación,  control de voz,  movimiento,  análisis textual, teatro físico y Método. El curso promueve la exploración y la experimentación.

Sylvia Love Johnson 

 Directora de cine, escritora, actríz y productora.

Licenciada en Arte Dramático de la Universidad de Middlesex, Londres. Estudió  Realización Cinematográfica y Escritura Creativa. Sylvia ha trabajado como editora y periodista en los sectores de las Artes Escénicas,  El Cine y  La Educación. Trabajó en teatro y cine como actriz y escritora. Ha colaborado en varios proyectos de cine independiente como co-productora. En 2007 Sylvia  fundó School of Theatre en Barcelona, la Escuela de Arte Dramático pronto se abrió en Las Palmas. En 2010 la actriz publica su primera novela ‘Sueño Místico’ la segunda edición de esta obra saldrá en el año 2017.

En 2012  Sylvia completa un Masters en Realización Cinematográfica en la Universidad de Kingston, Londres. Desde entonces ha producido 7 cortometrajes  ganando el San Diego International Kids Film Festival premio a Mejor Realización por su corto “Art’s Eyes” 2013.  Su cortometraje  “She Moon Experimetal”  2013, se incluyó en el  Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Clermont-Ferrand en 2014. Su cortometraje” Forgotten Paradise” 2014, aparece en el Festiva Internacional de Cortos Palms Springs en 2015  asi como en la Selección Oficial del Festival Internacional de Cine Depth of Field. Sylvia se encuentra en pre-producción con su próximo corto “METHOD” que  entra en producción en noviembre del 2016. Después de la realización de este corto se pondrá en marcha la producción de su primer largometraje ‘Montana Mischief’, la historia moderna de Juana de Arco, Janelle Montana, de 14 años, recibe una llamada más allá de su edad, pero no más allá de su capacidad. A este proyecto le seguirán dos de sus largometrajes en desarrollo, incluyendo ‘Annika’s Shoes’, una niña  albanesa de 8 años nos conduce a través de los horrores de la trata de blancas y la explotación sexual infantil. ‘Mystic Dream’, un mundo mágico paralelo nos espera en nuestros sueños para la redención del alma humana; cinco mujeres  lideran un extraordinario viaje.

SHOOL OF THEATRE LAS PALMAS PRESENTS

INTENSIVE SCREEN ACTING COURSE ‘THE SHORT’

BY SYLVIA LOVE JOHNSON

Las Palmas 8 – 12 de August 2016

For more Information visit http://www.hekatefilmworks.com

 

The course explores the essential skills required to act in movies or television. With the objective of filming a short film, students will work in groups and individually with professional director Sylvia Love Johnson. During the course, the preparation of material for the screen, the interpretation of the script and developing believable characters is explored.

Preparation: Once booked their place, the students receive a pack of information and material preparation tasks that must complete before attending the course on the first day.

Elaboration of material: Through improvisation workshops and textual analysis, the students explore the process of creating plot by developing a short. The students’ work is rolled along the course

Method: Explore and create the character from within the self, based on past experiences, feelings and emotions in search of the ‘truth’ of the actor. The course is taught mediate a series of workshops.

SHORT: The course works towards the realization of a short film that will be the result of the learning process; plot, character creation, exploration and experimentation of the techniques used in Method Acting.

Workshops: Students explore various acting techniques, improvisation, voice control, movement, textual analysis, physical theatre and METHOD. The course encourages exploration and experimentation.

 

Sylvia Love Johnson is a Filmmaker, Writer, Actress and Producer.

She completed a BA in Acting at Middlesex University, London in1999. She studied Film Production and Creative Writing. She has worked as an Editor and Journalist in the Film, Arts and Education. She worked in Theatre and Film as and Actress/Writer. She collaborated in several Independent Film projects as a co-producer. In 2007, Sylvia Founded School of Theatre in Barcelona, the dramatic arts school soon opened in Las Palmas. School of Theater developed over 25 Drama, Theatre and Acting courses and modules, taught to over 200 students. The school developed strong links with related businesses in the community. Some of our students were offered parts in Hollywood Films, local independent Film Industry films and local theater productions. School of theatre was invited to help with the casting of a Hollywood film, filmed in the Canary Islands.
In 2010 Sylvia published her first novel ‘Mystic Dream’ a second edition of this literary work is due to come out in 2017.

In 2012 she completed a Master Degree in Filmmaking at Kingston University, London. Ever since she has produced 7 short films, winning the San Diego International Kids Film Festival Best Produced Kids Film Awards with her Short “Art’s Eyes’ 2013. She was featured in the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2014 with her short Film ‘She Moon Experimental” 2013. Her short film “Forgotten Paradise” 2015, featured in Palms Spring ShortFest Market and in Depth of Field International Film Festival Official Selection. Sylvia is presently in pre-production with her next short film ‘METHOD’ which shall be in production in November 2016. After this she will set up to produce her first feature film, ‘Montana Mischief’, the modern story of Joan of Arc, Janelle Montana,14, receives a calling beyond her age but not beyond her capacity. This project will be followed by two of her feature films in development including ‘Annika’s Shoes’ an Albanian girl, 8 years old, takes us through the horrors of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. ‘Mystic Dream’, a magic parallel world awaits in our dreams for the redemption of human soul; five ordinary women will lead us in this extraordinary journey.

Download  METHOD TransMediaComic Book Series based of METHOD the short film project.

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Graphic Novel Series

METHOD Graphic Novel Series

“ Passion, love and lies ambition, obsession and ego come over exposed with the light of “METHOD”. A group of actors will stop at nothing to build a character, even when embracing darkness is the beginning of loosing themselves

Vol. I

‘A Character Lost in the dream of the Actress’

METHOD Vol. I Graphic Novel Series

Eva, an actress suffering from the pain of loss gains, when she needs to prepare a new role she gains strength by finding refuge in the dreams of a past love. She doesn’t see that her dark secret lover is pulling her away from reality, taking over her life and keeping her imprisoned in a fantasy.

 

Vol. II

“When fearless ambition develops wild obsession”

METHOD Vol. II Graphic Novel Series

Daniel, a self -made successful actor, is at the peak of his career. Everything falls into perfect place yet he realises that nothing makes sense. He becomes obsessed to be in control. His wildest instincts take over when a mysterious woman makes and entry in his life.

 

Vol. III

“Charisma has many faces”

METHOD Vol. III Graphic Novel

Enchanting and romantic, singer songwriter, actor Simon is irresistible to women. His charisma leaves more then one, mercilessly, at his feet, even if only for a short while. But the tables are about to turn, when he meets the woman who will tear his heart apart.

 

Download METHOD Comic Strip Vol. I EVA

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We have taken our short film project METHOD to the next level! We are exploring our characters’ complexities by translating their story to a comic strip and Graphic Novel Series, compiled of 8 Volumes each. Eva is highly emotional.  A deeply hidden secret dictates her actions and shapes her personality day by day. An element of darkness in between a mixture of joy and sadness  dreams and reality reveals a shocking parallel side in her current life in Vol. I. Download METHOD VOL.I Comic Strip and “Eva’s Secret” short story. 

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