Because you Cannes Cannes Cannes

It’s nearly time again, the buzz word is Cannes! Every year thousands of hopefuls descend upon Cannes, ready to meet producers, sales agents, see films, walk the red carpet, and more. The lure of one of the most popular and celebrity-studded festivals of the calendar year is too much to ignore.

Having travelled there five times myself, I’m no stranger to the glamour, long nights, sore feet, and champagne only diet. It’s everything it says on the Kellogg’s packet.

Cannes is like being at a stylish party that goes on for three days.

It’s also not for the faint-hearted, so if you’ve decided you absolutely must go, here’s a list of a few things to pack, and to make sure you’ve considered. This list isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re going to be attending as part of a production or a film that is officially entered in the Cannes Film Festival (not the Short Film Corner). However, if you’re a punter wanting to join the excitement for the first time, or you know something you’ve acted in will be in the Marche being sold, this might be your perfect time to sample the unrivaled glamour of a film festival in the south of France.read more

Physiology and Acting: The Perdekamp Emotional Method

The Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM) is a relatively new style of acting training developed by German acting teacher Stephan Perdekamp that offers classes and workshops across the globe. Some of the actors endorsing PEM include Garrett Wang, known for playing Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager (LA), Sven Rygrock, known for Zulu alongside Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, and Jon Sidgwick, known for EastEnders. We went to PEM instructor Sarah Victoria for more info on this new style of instruction.

As with any interview we conduct with someone in the entertainment industry who’s offering services, this should be taken as informational, rather than an endorsement. We always encourage you to do your own research and decide if any photographer, teacher, class, school, or style sounds right for you. That said, more on PEM!


CNI: Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to learn about PEM?

SV: I am an actress trained in the techniques of Strasberg, Stanislavsky, and Meisner at institutions in London and Vienna. I came across PEM during my second year of acting school and immediately decided to train PEM full-time with its creator Stephan Perdekamp.

The reason for my immediate and clear decision was on one hand due to PEM’s direct and effortless access to authenticity, intensity, quickness, and ease in approaching emotions and on the other hand, because PEM offered me the missing link between mere psychological acting and the instinctive, guttural biological and organic level of performance I always strived for.read more

Actors, Will You Cross The Shores?

Actors traveling abroadEvery year when pilot season hits, there’s a flurry of excitement about what to do next. As the self tape requests flood in, excited actors chance the idea of getting their O1 visas and making a break for Hollywood. Will they cross the shores or stay where they are?

I won’t lie. I’ve considered it myself a million times. The glamour, the contacts, the red carpets, the studios. Who wouldn’t want access to that. And truth be told, it’s probably something I will work towards sooner or later.

I guess any move is the same. I did it myself many years ago by venturing all the way across to the other side of the world to hit Britain. Sure, it doesn’t have quite the same pizzazz as LA, or the snowy sparkle of New York, but it’s still a big city and offers much more of the big industry feel than I was finding available in my happy Brisbane surroundings at the time. And yet, with any move comes great expectations and equally, much fear and trepidation.

There are also some other minor (major) details that get left out of the gym locker conversations about moving continents to pursue an acting career. Some of these things impact a person so much more than they realise, and they really ought to be on the ‘check list’ when deciding if one is really ready to jump ship and live abroad. read more

Knowing What to Do At the Start of the Acting Year

Knowing What to Do At the Start of the Acting Year

If your 2016 looks anything like mine, it’s full of promise, anticipation and excitement. There’s all sorts of possibility in the air. You made a bunch of commitments to yourself last year. A bunch you ticked off and a bunch are still in the to-do pile. Some are no longer applicable.

The important thing to remember is, as lame as it sounds, you are EXACTLY where you should be right now. I have this conversation with clients all the time. As the year continues they face all kinds of frustrations because they haven’t accomplished exactly what they’d like to have done. Or they’ll be plagued by regrets.

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The Fall of the Krays

The Fall of the Krays

At the onset, let’s get it out there immediately that this is an epic story with some pretty major affairs to resolve, all of which are mafia and family related. The Fall of the Krays is the second film which charts the Kray brothers rise and fall within a 1950’s and 1960’s English backdrop.

As I hadn’t seen the first one (The Rise of the Krays) I worried that I might lose some of the storyline. For me, this type of movie isn’t the sort of thing I would rush to see at the cinema. But I had heard about a few of the actors and was keen to see their performances on the big screen. Luckily seeing it without having watched its prequel didn’t detract from the film, and the performances certainly didn’t disappoint.

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