Here at Brooks Studios (A subsidiary of Creative Smash), we learn, we train and we perform the craft of acting as a baseline to cultivate creativity in both our acting for film, television, and stage as well many other outlets. We foster a supportive environment that encourages the creative spirit to flourish, to learn and to express itself. We train actors, we create original works and live out the hero’s journey to the best of our ability.
We use a unique combination of live improv techniques combined with monomythic story principles to deliver an experience like no other.
Program Actors learn how to:
- Communicate inspired creative ideas with one another
- Develop their critical thinking skills
- Work as a team to develop original stories, characters, and plots
- Learn how to listen and accept other ideas as your own and build a story together
- Learn the mythos of storytelling through the teaching of the monomythic structure
- Live out the energy behind each classical archetype through motivated performance – learn by becoming
- Learn the consequences of making bad choices in life through the actions of the villain, the minion, and the shapeshifter
- Discover the infinite rewards of making good decisions based on choices through the actions of the hero, the mentor, the ally and the princess
- Gain lifelong confidence through getting “on the stage” and performing
The actor learns how to share their creative ideas, learn to communicate with confidence, express their ideas in a supportive way, be able to create support for others
We are seeking a troupe of 12 creators willing to embark on forming a team of creatives willing to craft stories with a profound spiritual message, performing them through the art of live, long-form improvisation.
Principles of our Program:
Principle # 1: At Brooks Studios the positive individual development of the mind of the actor comes first, the lifting up of the spirit of the actor as the hero within, the healthy psyche of the actor is more important than booking a role, or not booking a role or any other facet of the “game” of the industry
Principle # 2: We use the rigorous study of the monomyth, the archetypes discovered therein to teach and train the actor to comprehend both the inner and the outer factors of the hero’s journey, to feel the adventure and experience the thrill of acting out all the archetypes.
Principle # 3: This creative training can be applied to many other forms of creative expression other than acting, and we hope to see the inner hero of each actor deepen, grow and flourish in their lives no matter what.
Principle # 4: We hope to create spiritually sustainable earnings through the disciplines of the creative work, discuss ways & means to use the student’s gifts as we work to generate wealth sooner than later.
Principle # 5: We shall only work on, develop, discuss creative work that is of high moral code, written with a positive message and why it is so.
Principle # 6: We will work to the best of our ability, be respectful of one another’s ideas, come to class with enthusiasm, ready to work hard and expand our brilliant imaginations
Principle #7: (In-Development) We are not the characters we play when portraying the villain, the minion and the shapeshifter we are reminded we act these traits out in order to illustrate the consequences of making bad choices so that our audience can learn the difference between right and wrong. (The character traits, mask, not us, pretending, we hope others become inspired by our passion, not the traits we portray…)
Principle #8: We end class with a prayer, asking God to help our program, to guide each of us in our individual journies and to protect our work.
Script Analysis: Often actors lack clarity about the work they are performing. This can lead to performances that feel forced, insincere or without a connection to the message of the writer, or sense of mythos.
We provide audition as well as script materiel for:
- Focused reading of the mock audition, materiel
- Learn to avoid all distractions
- Memory development
- In-depth discussion of the material, discuss what techniques the student can hone to master line mastery/ memory…
- The who, the what, the when, and the where of the materiel
- Discussion of the archetypes, what archetype the actor is best portraying, the mythos behind this
- A discussion of feelings the work may evoke that the character may be experiencing
- The use of imagination to create the circumstance the character is in, and how their character has created it or is dealing with it
- Other messages of the story, in relating to the character’s situation, understating the dynamics of the scenario
On-Camera Audition Techniques: Often the actor lacks understanding about on-camera techniques. This leads to the actor appearing unprepared, over-rehearsed in front of the camera.
- How to prepare for the audition, developing a game plan
- How to feel natural on camera
- Where to direct your imagination
- How to prepare to perform complex or multiple scenarios
- Ongoing slate work to, expressing your authentic self
Archetype Training: Often the actor lacks an understanding of the elements of a story. This can lead to performances feeling vague. Having an instinct of the archetype, where the action might be in the story provides a level of story comprehension that can add value to your work.
- The Hero: Everything happens to the hero, thus the actor must learn to be vulnerable to the ever-changing circumstances occurring to them, adaptable to changing their own beliefs along the journey, and able to process story information then take calculated action steps.
- The Mentor: The mentor represents the spiritual guide, nurturing the hero’s higher self, the actor must be tapped into a zen-like place, serenely confident and able to bestow wisdom of the ages to the broken hero
- The Ally: The ally is the symbol of adventure, transportation, and loyalty, the actor here must be tapped into their inner adventurous nature, share their passion for “toys” and be able to let go of hero
- The Prince/ Princess: This archetype represents unbridled love, affection, kindness the Hero recovers in themselves by rescuing this archetype from the clutches of the villain, it is a beautiful heartfelt story loop.
- The Shapeshifter: This archetype represents false motive, the actor says one thing but does another, pretending to be on the side of the hero yet taking them right to the ensnarement of the villain.
- The Villain: The Villan represents the character who chose revenge over atonement. The villain lives in a state of delusion, feeding off their own self-hate which will end up betraying them. It’s the forgiveness of the hero that can set the villain free.
- The Minion: The Minion represents the subtle distractive, disruptive energies, signposts that often clutter, derail the hero’s mind into states of confusion, self-doubt.
On-camera Improv Techniques. Many times actors are terrified of being asked to improvise on camera. They feel unprepared, anxious or nervous. In order to be effective on camera, the actor must be completely lost in their creative space, attentive to the game of the exercise and let go of any fears or worry about how they are looking or coming across.
- Improv gameplay in front of the camera
The Personal Vision Monologue: think of a vision board, but for the actor. Actors are trained to become other characters, yet aren’t learning to master to who they truly are. I want you to work on creating your own personal goal-centered, monologue. Think of this as a vision for yourself. Speak to your attributes, your gifts, your skills. Start by doodling, jotting down what you think your gifts are, your attributes, your superpowers! There is no right or wrong… I’d like to work on this each week. To thine own self be true. I believe over time this work will enrich. And as characters come and go this will remain a constant.
Brooks Studios; Program Goals:
- To Build a Performance Troupe. To write, to rehearse and to perform live original half scripted, half improvised original works based on the monomythic structure, with cast archetypes that deliever a strong message about doing the right thing in life.
- To Grow closer to God. The industry is riddled with negative energies, our hope is to bring ourselves, our fellowship and our audiences closer to making the right moral decisions.
- To Work with Industry Pros. We hope to incorporate an open dialogue with casting directors, agencies, and others in an effort to aid our actors if they choose to pursue work in the secular film & television market.