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Also part of Career Builder Courses... - The Art of The Close-Up

Who could benefit from this course?

  • Actors with stage experience who want to be more relaxed on camera
  • Actors with some screen experience who want to take their craft to the next level
  • Anyone who wants to present to camera (N.B. this is not a presenting course per se but  there are transferable skills)


How does it work?

  • Techniques are taught “live” on camera.
  • Exercises will be filmed and then reviewed.
  • Areas covered include: being present, focus, matching speed to shot size when working with hand props, how reactions really read on screen.
  • Focused feedback and individual attention.
  • A small intimate group of co-students in a non-judgmental atmosphere


What do you gain?

  • Learn how to tailor your actions; deliver dialogue; and listen, think and react truthfully in a close-up.
  • An opportunity to work with an experienced TV director in a non-judgmental arena.

£80 (10% off for  Vanguard Members. There are a limited number of Vanguard place available and you must be logged in for the discount.)


Dates tbc

Teacher/Creator Biog
N.G. Bristow is a TV and film director with 25 years experience.  He has directed over a dozen different prime time shows and his prize-winning films have played in festivals and television channels all over the world.  He has directed actors such as Colin Farrell and Cathy Tyson and screenplays by writers such as Tony Grisoni.  As a teacher he has taught courses at LAMDA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, the Met and Goldsmiths.

"Nigel is a fantastic teacher. He breaks down the camera technique in detail & you come away with a wonderful toolkit that you can use whenever you need. Invaluable." - Mary Doherty

"An incredibly detailed & informative class. Really essential to any actor going into this industry." - Chris Thatcher

"Nigel's approach to teaching screen acting is refreshingly real; he makes the transition from the classroom to the professional world smooth ... I always leave a class feeling not only that I've learned something, but that I can't wait to put it into practice! " - James Bailey

“I have been taught and directed by Nigel on various projects over the years and I feel as though I owe most of what I know about screen acting to him. He has an ease about him that helps actors feel confident to play without any pressure to deliver results.” – Christopher

"His knowledge and experience pushes students to reach their full potential. It was due to Nigel that I got signed by my agency." -  Matthew Canny

This course is part of Cockpit Career Builder. High quality professional training accessible and affordable to all.
These classes and workshops are designed to give the practical support and skills needed by performers new to, or looking to break into, the industry. Also for actors already working but wanting to gain the experience and confidence to break into a new area of performance.
Our tutors are all working actors and directors with many years of experience in TV, Film and Theatre. Together they provide a storehouse of knowledge and techniques, helping new actors gain the tools and self assurance they need to gain work in the profession. Many classes have small numbers of students, enabling personal tuition and feedback. Teaching is tailored to the groups and students receive personal attention enabling them to grow as performers.