Scene to Screen
An 8 week journey that takes you from concept right up to camera
The role of the actor starts the day you arrive on set, and concludes when you finish shooting. But there is a much richer, collaborative, creative world out there that actors can be a part of if they just start exploring the creation and execution of their own content. Scene to Screen gives you access to that world that offers a multitude of amazing, self-generated opportunities.
You keep hearing people say, “You have to go out and shoot something. Create content. Make your work.” We advocate for that all the time and now we’re offering you the opportunity to learn how to be an actor who creates work. We’ve created Scene to Screen, a dynamic 8 week Lab that gives you the tools to write, direct, shoot, and act in work you create. It’s time to actualize your creative idea and dive right into the process of creating an incredible piece of work.
Risa and Alexa have combined their expertise and collective experiences as filmmakers to guide you through these 8 exciting weeks. As you create for you.
This is all you need to make your first short, create footage for your reel + have the tools you can use this time and the next and the next…
For Actors, Writers + Directors. BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.
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In Scene to Screen you’ll write a short piece for any genre and any platform. The focus will be on creating a piece that is either a stand-alone short or part of a larger whole. You’ll go through the steps – week to week – of writing a piece of material, reading it, workshopping it, rewriting, putting it up on its feet, directing it off and on camera, exploring your relationship with the camera (with a guest DP), and honing your piece so that it’s ready to shoot. Or, alternatively, ready to develop into something bigger.
You will have weekly homework, writing, prepping, writing some more…
As actors, you have all the raw material; you know character, story, and relationships better than anyone. Now it’s time to put that insight into action.
It’s time to lead. It’s time to create and execute your own content. Let us help you start on that journey.
Note: There are no make-ups if you miss a class. Each class builds on the previous. There will be instead an assignment to keep you up-to-speed.
|Teacher:||Risa Bramon Garcia and Alexa Alemanni||Location:||The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602|
|Dates:||Summer 2017. Apply Now to secure your spot as this class fills up quickly!||Requirements:||For Actors working consistently. By application or invitation only. There are no make-ups if you miss a class.|
|Duration:||8 weeks||Cost:||2 installments of $300. $600 for the entire 8 week program.|
- RISA BRAMON GARCIATeacher/Studio Founder
For the past 35 years Risa has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher. She’s had the great fortune to have collaborated with some of the most talented, passionate, and groundbreaking artists in the world. She’s continued to move successfully from one arena to another – from theatre to film to television and back. With two feature films in her directorial body of work – the cult classic, 200 CIGARETTES, and most recently, THE CON ARTIST, made in Canada, Risa’s also directed in television, including multiple episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE for New Line, and several shows for HBO, Lifetime, and Comedy Central.
Risa’s directed dozens of plays in New York (THE ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, THE SECOND STAGE, MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB) and in Los Angeles. She calls THE ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE her artistic home, where she’s been a member in NY for over 35 years, producing and directing six years of the flagship festival MARATHON OF ONE-ACT PLAYS. Some of her favorite director-playwright collaborations have been with Edward Allan Baker, John Shanley, Richard Greenberg, Bill Bozzone, Alan Zweibel, and Neil Cuthbert.
In L.A. Risa founded and produced ACT ONE, a successful two-year festival of one-acts, in conjunction with Showtime Networks. And as a founding Artistic Director of ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE L.A., Risa worked with HBO, producing and directing a series of acclaimed one-acts for THE ASPEN COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL. In her long association with HBO, starting in the early 80s as a talent scout for comedians, Risa co-produced two years of THE YOUNG COMEDIANS SHOW for the network. She was also a producer with THE CARSEY WERNER COMPANY.
Risa started casting in the New York an extension of her rich theatre life. From there she and her partner, Billy Hopkins, took their first step into feature film casting with DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN. They worked as a team for 11 years. During and after their successful partnership, Risa cast some of the most memorable films of the past 30 years. Risa’s résumé includes more than 65 feature films, classics such as SOMETHING WILD, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, TRUE ROMANCE, ANGEL HEART, FATAL ATTRACTION, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JFK, WALL STREET, TALK RADIO, THE DOORS, SPEED, JACOB’S LADDER, AT CLOSE RANGE, SNEAKERS, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, DEAD PRESIDENTS, TWISTER, BENNY AND JOON, and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER.
She’s cast numerous television shows and pilots, including ROSEANNE , CSI:NY, and the Showtime series, MASTERS OF SEX. Risa served as a Producer on Oliver Stone’s films HEAVEN AND EARTH and NATURAL BORN KILLERS, movies she also cast.
In the past few years Risa’s passion for teaching and coaching has lead to her collaboration with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, a place they created as an artistic home for actors, writers, directors, filmmakers, and casting directors. Here she gets to do it all!
- ALEXA ALEMANNITeacher
Alexa Alemanni is a graduate of VASSAR COLLEGE with a degree in theater and history. As an actress, she is most known for playing the role of Allison for four seasons on the hit AMC show, MAD MEN for which she won the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD of the BEST ENSEMBLE. She has also appeared in multiple feature films, and most recently, MASTERS OF SEX and CRIMINAL MINDS.
In collaboration with her writing partner, a former Sunday Company Groundlings member, she began developing her career as a writer as well. They began three years ago when they were recognized by THE TRACKING BOARD’S YOUNG AND HUNGRY list for their pilot APPLETOWN. They worked as staff writers on TNT’s THE LIBRARIANS, this past year they were hired to write a big budget studio sequel for BLACK LABEL MEDIA, and are in the process of writing another feature for GREY EAGLE FILMS. A few of their other features are also in development with Oscar-nominated directors and producers. Their film, GRIEF CAMP is green-lit at $5 mil and is slated to shoot in Mississippi in March with Alexa in the lead role, as well as an ensemble A-list cast, with the producers of the upcoming film LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS.
What Actors are Saying
“Thank you Risa for reminding us that the only limits that exist are the ones we create for ourselves. It is invigorating, incredibly satisfying work all fueled by the heights you lift us to in class. Thank you for caring, thank you for reminding us what is important and thank you for spreading joy. Grateful is an understatement.”Yetide Badaki AMERICAN GODS
“When I found BGB I was searching for something to take my work to another level, a missing ingredient. What I experienced was a room full of unbelievably creative and daring people and I knew this was a unique Studio. This lessons I learned did immediately, and will forever, change the way I approach material. Within a short time of putting this to use, I found myself landing the kind of role I had always wanted.”Charlie Weber HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
"I simply cannot recommend Alexa highly enough. She drives home the essentials of writing screenplays in such an informed and engaging way that you can't help but be excited about writing at every opportunity. All ideas welcome, all genres encouraged, it's a hive of creativity!"Dom Burgess THE MAGICIANS