Acting For Film

All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers.

Acting for Film Overview

The Acting for Film Concentration for the BA and MFA degree programs provides thorough, rigorous training designed to develop your individual talents and give you the tools, experience and discipline necessary for a successful film acting career. Over the course of the program you acquire the real-world experience and professional technique needed to perform at the highest artistic level while negotiating the technical demands and logistical concerns of a film shoot.

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Through this integrated, project-based program, students expand their emotional range and physical capabilities while achieving realistic behavior and truthful communication in imaginary circumstances.

  • Faculty comprised of working professionals
  • Acting for the camera
  • Audition technique
  • Showcase for agents and casting directors
  • Scene study
  • Script analysis
  • Improv
  • Movement for actors
  • Voice and speech
  • Voice-over/acting with the voice
  • Professional quality head-shots, resume and demo reel
  • Set protocol
  • The business of film acting
  • Network and collaborate with filmmaking and producing students

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    Career Outlook

    The Seattle Film Institute’s Acting for Film concentration prepares our students to compete in what is widely considered to be the single most competitive profession on earth.  The special attention we pay to the skill-set by which actors get work – auditioning – has resulted in over 90% of our graduates being signed by Screen Actors Guild franchised agents upon graduation (and often before) – a remarkable statistic.  In order to maximize student employability, the program prepares them for a wide array of acting and acting-related jobs, including:

    • Film actor
    • Television actor
    • Web series actor
    • Commercial actor
    • Voiceover actor
    • Motion capture actor
    • Product spokesperson
    • On-camera host

    Additionally students who earn their MFA or MA degrees at SFI obtain the producing skills that are essential to initiate projects and see them through to completion and have the academic credentials necessary to pursue teaching careers.

    Curriculum Overview

    The Acting for Film curriculum consists of an integrated series of classes designed to train the complete actor and features:

    Acting for the Camera establishes the foundation of all good acting: realistic behavior and truthful communication in imaginary circumstances.   Once the foundation is established, the students’ comfort zone is expanded by dealing with the challenges inherent to acting for the camera.

    Auditioning is a related but separate skill from acting.  In the program, students work for three quarters with a professional casting director developing audition technique, protocol, and professionalism.  This component of the program culminates with a showcase for agency representatives, casting directors, and film industry professionals.

    Improvisational Acting trains students to react to what is truly happening in a scene; not their preconceived notions of what’s going to happen in that scene.

    Movement and Voice & Speech work in conjunction to keep the actor’s instruments in optimum tune, with a particular emphasis on developing the ability to identify and release physical and vocal tension.

    Text Analysis provides students with a framework for discovering the writer’s clues about the characters and given circumstances.  Whether its deliberate or not or whether it’s Shakespeare, a modern playwright, a screenwriter, or a copywriter, an actor needs to decode those clues and incorporate them into the performance.

    Voiceover prepares students to pursue the multiple opportunities in this rapidly expanding area of the acting profession including radio and television commercials, narrating audio books or documentary film, providing the voice for characters in an animated film or video game, or playing a character in a narrative podcast.