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. 



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.

The Work

Classes 1-3

Write and Workshop scenes.
You will turn your ideas or rough draft into a viable scene and start to workshop it, using writing exercises and other in depth explorations to sharpen, contextualize, and polish.

Classes 4 - 6

Direct off and on camera.
You will direct your pieces, rehearse, workshop, and put them on their feet. Off camera and then on camera, to find out how the work changes when you add the camera.
A DP works with the group during one class.

Classes 7 - 8

Reframe. Revise. Rewrite.
You will get back to what the core of your piece is and strengthen it from what you learned in previous weeks, emerging with a product ready to produce and shoot.

Class Details
Teacher:Risa Bramon Garcia and Alexa AlemanniLocation: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 weeksCost:2 installments of $300. $600 for the entire 8 week program.
Your Teacher(s)
    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!

    More on Risa here.


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