During the 10 week Course Camera Acting you will be introduced to the most important aspects of camera acting in ten weekends. Have you always wanted to play in a feature film or series and do you have the ambition to become a film actor or actress? Then don’t wait any longer and realize your dreams and make a good start with our Preliminary training in Camera Acting.

We treat various acting techniques in a safe environment so that after completing the course you can work confidently in front of the camera. You learn to improvise, you take part in an audition and we treat text interpretation. Finally you act a scene for the camera on a film set.

The goal of the Camera Acting lessons is to give you a solid basis as an actor or actress in ten weekends. You will learn what it is like to play in front of the camera and also to look at yourself as an actor. But you start with the basics of acting, what does it actually mean? How can you bring text to life as an actor?


You get to know the group you will be working with in the coming period to develop yourself as an actor. During the introduction we will go deeper into elementary playing lessons such as presenting yourself, camera acting, text interpretation and improvisation. You will also get an answer to the question: what does acting mean? What possibilities and different forms are there? How do you learn to think as an actor or actress? How can you empathize and what are the do’s and don’ts?


Lines are an important part of acting but the usage of the lines is even more important because you can learn your lines so well, but what do you exactly do with it? How do you learn you lines by heart? What is really meant? A writer has written the scene with a clear purpose but can you also apply that as an actor? In this phase you learn everything about text comprehension and the handy ways to optimally prepare yourself for a scene.


In this phase we focus on the analysis of a scene. What’s written and what can you make in terms of choices? Where are the different layers and how do you make sure you don’t constantly play the same scene?

You learn the basics of playing with strategies and goals. A character always has a goal in a scene but how do you discover such a goal when you analyse a scene? In this section, it’s all about learning how to view a scene from different perspectives and how a scene is arranged.


Auditions are often a stumbling block for an actor because a lot depends on it. During the preliminary training you take the first steps in auditing and castings. You learn to introduce yourself and feel comfortable during auditions. What are you waiting for when you have an audition? How can you prepare for an audition? And most importantly, what do you show during an audition? We’ll give you useful tips so you can participate in a casting in a relaxed way.


Improvisation is an essential part of acting and it is often underestimated. During improvisation it is the art to keep listening and reacting to your opponent and always go along with the story. If you improvise it is important to tell the story together with your co-actor and challenge each other. But how do you do this and what pitfalls are there in the improvisation play? By playing with your fellow students you learn how to improvise and how to keep telling the story.


The last part of the Introduction Course is “Camera Acting”. What is the difference between camera acting and acting on stage? How do you come across on camera and how do you learn to look at yourself as an actor without making a value judgement? It is important to learn to look at yourself and to become aware of your talents and points of attention. How can you make yourself feel at ease when you are in front of the camera? The camera sees everything and therefore also when you are nervous or not completely surrendering to the moment. During this last phase you will learn to play scenes for the camera for the first time so that you are ready to take the next step in your career as an actor.

Registration & Starting dates

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EUR 675,-

(Monthly payment possible)


10 weeks

Wednesday: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday: 09:30 am – 12:30 pm


EU students: no visa required

Non EU students: tourist visa required

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Amsterdam Film School
Paasheuvelweg 5
1105 BE Amsterdam