The Full-Time Acting Course in ZEFT Film School is spread over three months’ duration. This course delivers specialized training in all aspects of acting for participating students. Whereas the first half of the program is designed to fortify the basic foundations of acting techniques, the second half is all about improving on these foundations with more in-camera exercises.
As the best film Institute in Chennai, ZEFT Film School incorporates the most comprehensive acting methodologies that empower aspiring actors. The course is an intensive one and requires a considerable amount of commitment from the student in terms of time and effort that have to be put in.
The students attend a wide range of core classes that familiarize them with the emotional, physical and technical work that is required for film acting. The important course modules are explained below.
This course incorporates the best-in-the-world techniques that would help the student to analyse, understand and apply to the craft of acting. From the history of acting, classical acting, and modern acting, each of the topics is handled in great detail. The course also gives deep insight into contemporary acting methods and cinema to the aspiring actor to be able to fit into the industry with ease soon after completion of the course.
For an actor, the body is what the brush and canvas are to the painter. Creative exercises that involve movements of the whole body are conducted prior to every class. This improves factors such as grace, agility, and increases energy levels. These exercises are designed to make gait and rhythm more perfect. Other factors that determine the overall movement effect in an actor’s performance include posture of the body, body language, tempo of movement, gestures and compositions. Improvement of any of these factors renders the scenes and the actor’s performance to be more effective.
Every actor will have to at some time or the other in their acting career perform stunts. In these times, dangerous stunts are part of almost every movie that is made and both male and female artists do the most rigorous stunts on screen. The martial arts classes are designed to prepare the actors to use their bodies in the extreme mode and to emphasize the need to keep it fighting fit. They are familiarized with the basics of all types of martial arts and combat techniques such as judo, karate, Tae Kwando, mixed martial arts, Kalaripayattu, and other traditional martial art forms of India.
Yoga classes for the students help to rein in the mind which is very important for an actor. This helps to bring in the discipline and focus that is required for the students to perform at their best as actors.
actor, the body is what the brush and canvas are to the painter. Creative exercises that involve movements of the whole body are conducted prior to every class. This improves factors such as grace, agility, and increases energy levels. These exercises are designed to make gait and rhythm more perfect. Other factors that determine the overall movement effect in an actor’s performance include posture of the body, body language, tempo of movement, gestures and compositions.
Indian cinema is incomplete without dance. The dance course at ZEFT film college in Chennai is aimed to familiarize the students with different forms of dance, both contemporary and classical. The classes are handled by eminent performers in different genres such as modern contemporary dance, Indian classical dance, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Bollywood dance, etc.
These are intensive courses that help the student to earn modulation of their voices using different muscles and exercises. All of these are directed towards helping the student understand how the nuances of articulation and diction affect the rendering of dialogs by the actor and the effect of this on their performance in movies or theatre.
Students are exposed to analysis and study of monologues from film and theatre to help them learn different techniques of dialog delivery and articulation that make for powerful performances.
This is pure technical endeavour when the student is taught to face the camera and perform the assigned role. The course teaches the students different aspects concerning the camera, its placement on the shooting floor, movement of the camera, shots and takes, different types of shots, shot division, etc.
Many films are screened with the aim of helping the aspiring actors to develop expertise in micro-analysis of the actors’ performances and capture other aesthetic points of cinema.
These are intensive classroom activities in which various types of scenes and components within these scenes are studied by the students with a view to improving their own performances.
Experts from the film and TV industry in different fields such as directors, actors, casting directors, stuntmen, fitness trainers and nutritionists are invited by ZEFT Film School from time to time to advise students on the latest in the industry. These interactions will go a long way in helping aspiring actors find their way in the real-world movie industry in an easier manner.
This gets the student to apply all that they have learned as a feature presentation at the end of the full time acting course.
The students are awarded a Diploma in Acting on successful completion of the course.
Film & Theater Actor, Director & Author
R Amarendran is an Indian theatre director & actor who has directed and acted in several plays in English and French. Amarendran's love for acting started in the 1980s during his college days. He was part of Girish Karnad's play Tughlaq which soon led him to get minor roles in Mithran Devanesan's Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He later acted in English plays for several theatre groups in Chennai. In 1989 he was one the four Indians to be selected by the French government to go the L'ecole Nationale d'art Dramatique at the Theatre National de Strasbourg in France to train in acting and to act in a French play that was staged in Delhi, Calcutta and Strasbourg. On his return from France he decided to direct plays himself and in 1992 he founded the Theatre Arlequin. He staged more than 25 plays in English and French the most notable of which were Tartuffe by Moliere, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, The Maids by Jean Genet and Tony Kushner's adaptation of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique. His film career started in 2008 when he landed the main villain’s role in the movie Bale Pandya directed by Siddharth Chandrasekhar featuring Vishnu Vishal as the protagonist. He has acted in a major role in the critically acclaimed Vidiyum Munn which was inspired by the British film "London to Brighton". He later played the role of a history teacher in the multi-Oscar winner Hollywood film "Life of Pi". Amarendran has acted in many Tamil films like Jil Jung Juk, Vidiyum Munn, Vikram Vedha and Kabali. Amarendran has conducted numerous acting workshops for aspiring actors across India and has a strong penchant for teaching.
Script Writer, Director & Producer
John Edathattil aka Sab John is one of the most critically acclaimed Script writer in Tamil and Malayalam film industry. John has penned the Script for more than 30 feature films in Tamil and Malayalam. John became interested in Script writing early in his accounting career and started working on script writing. His noted works include Kamal Hassan starer Malayalam film Chanakyan, Guna and Kuruthipunal. His other noted films include Vyooham(1990), Gandhari (1993), Soorya Manasam(1992), Highway (1995 film), Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), Mayilpeelikkavu(1998) and Priyam(1999). He has framed Screen writing course curriculum for various universities in India and has trained many aspiring screen writers in India and abroad. John E has also worked as a Director and Producer for numerous Ad films and documentaries.
Cinematographer & Actor
Santhosh Nambirajan is a cinematographer and an Indian actor, who performs in Tamil language films. As a Cinematographer Santhosh has assisted National Award winning Cinematographer Chezhian in many films like Paradesi, Thaarai Thappatai,Joker, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru to name a few. He is recognized for the protagonist role he played in the film To Let. To Let has won more than 62 awards in various film festivals across the world including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at the 65th National Film Awards.
Director, Actor & Writer
Thilip kumar is a Software Engineer turned Independent Film maker. His first film Gubeer which was a limited release received a positive critical response, with particular praise for its novel structure and narrative. Director Karthik Subburaj of Petta praised the movie as an experimental film which is gutsy, bold & filled with fun. Thilip produced his second film through crowd funding and waiting for the release of Gubeer Part 2.
Vijay worked as a photo journalist for the Vikatan Group before working as a cinematographer. He assisted the camera teams of some of the commercially successful films including Bommalattam, Chera's Autograph, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Ajith's Varalaru. He subsequently worked as an independent cinematographer in ad films, working for over fifty brands, and then worked on assignments for documentaries for BBC about PT Usha. In 2009, he got his first big break as a cinematographer for Rajesh Lingam’s Pugaippadam, after which he worked on Maathi Yosi. He subsequently worked on Ondipuli and Nagaram. He used practical lights instead of the traditional film set lighting in the web series Nila Nila Odi Vaa. Vijay enjoys teaching and has conducted numerous workshops on Cinematography.