Make It!

A Creator Class for 2020

Class Details

Teacher: Risa Bramon Garcia, Mike Faiola & Dominic Burgess

Dates: Tuesdays, October 13 – December 15,  10 consecutive weeks.

Time: 5 – 8 pm Pacific Time. 

Ideal for:  For actors interested in producing their own content. By application or invitation. **There are no makeups, refunds, substitutes, transfers, or deferments for any classes.** (Cancellation Policy.)

Cost:  $797 US.  Initial payment of $299, with 2 subsequent payments of $249 each 

Where: Online via Zoom at this time.

Make It! A conversation with Risa, Mike, and Dom

“I want to make my own work, but…” Fill in the blank for yourself.

You’ve probably heard it from coaches, managers, and your peers a million times: you’ve got to create your own content.  Maybe you’ve even been toying with a script or an idea (or the seed of an idea) for a while now, and just can’t seem to get your engine started to execute.  That’s where Make It! comes in.  In this 10 week lab, you’ll go through the entire creative process – from the blank page, to writing, to the pre-production and casting process, to the recording/filming and finishing YOUR original short piece.  You’ll toss the excuses out the window and dive deep into the challenges – and come out on the other side with a new-found sense of acceptance and agency.

Creating your own work empowers you to take control of your own career.  It’s the start of something significant. 

Risa, Dom, and Mike have experienced this first hand, as directors/writers/filmmakers.  They believes that giving yourself permission to move beyond resistance to generate content can empower every actor and build unshakable confidence in your voice as an artist.  In this class, as you collaborate with others and push past your fear of getting it “wrong,” you will be afforded the opportunity to expand both as an artist and a unique individual.  You will find your voice in ways beyond acting; and by the way, that also makes you a better actor! This exciting new class leverages your brilliant creativity and all the digital tools and platforms at your disposal to make this your most fulfilling, exciting career era yet.

Watch some of the work being created in class.  BGB Short Zoom Films Here



This class is right for you if you’re ready- or close to ready- to start creating your own content and want to gather the tools necessary to do it well.  And to DO IT!

There is a whole new world opening up with Zoom, iMovie, and smartphones, and you have what it takes to make powerful, compelling content that expresses your unique and beautiful point of view, and adds another vital skillset to your actors toolbelt.

Making your own short film might seem intimidating and impossible to imagine.  In this class community, you will get the tools and support you need to make it happen, start to finish.  It all starts with your powerful voice as an artist.

We are going to walk the walk. We are going to jump in and make things. If you’re ready, or have a glimmer of readiness… join us!

Apply Now.

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Your Teachers

The Work We Do

Over the course of 10 weeks, each actor will write, produce, cast, record (on Zoom, FaceTime, etc), and edit their own original piece, as well as collaborate with your classmates.  This class will not be a precious, “gotta-get-it-perfect” practice, but rather your laboratory to build the confidence and joy in the collaborative storytelling process to the point where you won’t just stop at one original piece — you’ll be on your way to doing it whenever you want, on your terms!

What will be covered:
  • Writing a short script (yes, even if you have no idea where to start!)
  • Workshopping a short piece
  • Producing your piece
  • Casting your piece (mostly from the class)
  • Directing and recording your piece (on Zoom!)
  • Editing + finishing your piece as needed

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.

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It’s time to take control of your career!