Teen Film Making and Acting for Camera

Acting For Camera

The summer camps at Dublin Central School of Acting are an action packed intensive week long workshop for 12-17 year olds.The course is specifically designed for young people with little or no experience in film-making or acting for camera – which is very different from stage acting!

At DCSA, students learn the difference between stage and film acting.
It is suitable for students who want to work as a Blogger on You Tube, like Casper Lee, or act for Screen, or explore the possibility of Film Directing.

Many movie Directors and Actors began making short films as teens before going to film or drama school. Others learnt creatively without ever going to film or drama school!!!! Others may be just curious as how you become a You Tube blogger like Casper Lee – who has become a very, very wealthy young man by just blogging.

It is aimed at students who either want to be Film Directors or for those who want to be Screen Actors.
If you want to be a be a director or actor – you need to know how to direct actors, and as an actor you need to know what to expect from a director. You have to learn how to work with each other – to communicate with each other and to understand their respective roles, so that the film is the best it can be – with both parties pulling together.The day is divided between instruction, followed by practicals – so all that is learnt in theory is immediately put into practice. We switch constantly from theory to “on set” demonstrations.

Topics covered:

The Casting Director – What exactly do they do, and how do you become a Casting Director for Films/T.V./Commercials?


What every Actor and Film Director needs to know. The Essentials! How to create a character and back-story.

The importance of Improvisation

Acting for camera: Camera angles, eye lines, and framing

What is a You Tube Blogger and how do you set up a Blog? Who is needed on a film set, and who is needed off a film set!
What exactly does everyone do from the “runner” to the “producer”.

Artistic Vision-

Auditions and Casting

How to communicate with the Actor and Crew.

How the  script is so important to any film.The key ingredients for a successful script – Theme, Character, Story structure, conflict, tension.How to break a script down.


We learn how to use the camera and how to light a set.
Crew up
Cast the roles


Shooting sample scenes using the knowledge learnt about camera angles and eye lines for camera.

Playback on screen

Why editing is so important!

Summer 2018=2 camps to choose from: both in July

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10am -3.30pm
July: Monday 9th- 10th,11th,12th,13th (Mon-Fri)
 WEEK 2: 10am-3.30pm
July: Monday 23rd,24th,25th,26th,27th(Mon-Fri)

Venue: The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Fee: €250 per camp

  1. Jacqui Grant:

    Hi Gillian,
    Can I put my sons name down for the course in July?
    His name is Jack Grant & he’ll be 16 at the time of the course.

    Many thanks,
    Jacqui Grant

  2. marc coakley:

    Hi interested in signing up for my 17yo daughter who hasn’t done this before
    Course July 9-13th.
    How do I apply / pay ?

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