6-WEEK Script Analysis Class with Crystal Martinez

The course focuses exclusively on memorization, script analysis and character development this summer that will take you from the moment you receive the sides to the point that you are ready to perform the audition whether taped or in person

The 6 week course includes:

  • MEMORIZATION

  • CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT

  • IDENTIFYING TRANSITIONS

  • LOOKING FOR CLUES IN THE OTHER CHARACTER’S DIALOGUE

  • FINDING PERSONAL TRIGGERS THAT WORK

  • LOCATING DETAILS WITHIN THE SCRIPT THAT WILL KEEP YOU GROUNDED IN THE CHARACTER THROUGHOUT THE SCENE

  • BECOMING SO FAMILIAR WITH THE CHARACTER THAT YOU SPEAK FOR THEM BECAUSE YOU UNDERSTAND THEM COMPLETELY

Creating a good audition takes more than just memorizing lines and emoting. While those 2 things can help you get lucky once in a while, having a solid approach to every script will ensure that you will not only have 1 good audition but will become a confident actor who puts out strong auditions consistently.

The best tool you have in your actor’s arsenal is yourself and your life experiences.

This class will teach you how to draw from your wealth of experience to create a UNIQUE AND COMPELLING CHARACTER EVERY SINGLE TIME THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE SCENE!!

EXCERPT FROM SCRIPT ANALYSIS HANDBOOK:

"Preparing for Script Analysis Through SELF ANALYSIS

  

In any craft that requires the craftsman design, inventory, organize, test and apply the skills and tools of his craft, so the idea in his/her mind materializes successfully, the success of that effort is dependent on the craftsman’s creativity, skill level, versatility, resourcefulness, dedication, commitment and focus, among other things. Therefore it’s undeniable that whatever they create will either be superior, useful and long lasting; mediocre or useless. 

So too the actor is required to organize the tools of his/her craft, that is their memories, emotions, and their body to physicalize and bring to life their creation, which is their character.  

 

The actor’s character can be thought of as a microcosm (some thing, place or person that holds within it the characteristic qualities of the thing it is a part of) of the script their characters exist in. In a way, the memories and emotions, or the inner tools, together with their physical attributes or abilities, the outer tools, can be thought of as a microcosm of the actor. 

 

If you can start by thinking in these terms, you will understand why I always say that everything you need to successfully interpret a character is within you. But just like the craftsman that you are, you will need to inventory, organize, test, apply, adjust, add to, improve and retest the skills and tools of your craft in order to bring to life the character that the writer has designed. A true craftsman, like an actor NEVER stops learning.

NOTES:

Step 1: Create An Inventory

 

In order to do that you need to first be specifically aware of every type of tool at your disposal and when and for what it is useful. This is done by taking inventories. Creating an inventory of memories and experiences that have had a significant effect on your life is mandatory preparation for script analysis and while it may come easier for some than others everyone needs to learn how to create one for this course. 


Typically people create their lists with bigger more obvious events like: first love, first break up, marriage, childbirth, graduation..."

So you just got word that you’ve been requested to audition for that TV show, Film or Casting Director you’ve been dying to get in front of and you’re looking at the sides wondering

“HOW DO I MAKE THIS ONE STAND OUT?”

4 or more pages of script, an intricate character breakdown and the chance you’ve been waiting for and suddenly you can’t memorize the lines and your performance feels flat and disconnected.

WHAT DO YOU DO?!

First of all you calm down, and remind yourself that you have within you everything you need to relate to and speak for your character, and then you get to work breaking down the scene.

“This is a 6 - Week Course that will focus exclusively on taking a set of sides and familiarizing yourself with the character so deeply that you are compelled to speak for them, to allow them to speak through you, to champion their cause no matter how alien and unfamiliar it may seem at first glance. I'm especially excited about this course because it will teach you how to befriend your character so intimately that if the dialogue were taken away you could still speak effectively for them because you truly KNOW them. It eliminates doubts and half hearted efforts to "play" a character in a scene and instead provides you with the tools necessary to be your character in thought, action and words; moment to moment organically through to the end of the scene.  Once you complete this class you'll find that memorization comes more easily and understanding happens more quickly and with less effort with every script you analyze. You will begin to build a library of personal emotional triggers that will be easily accessible and at the ready for all future auditions & characters.”  -Crystal Martinez

Script analysis classes include videos of each class as well as handbook with worksheets to work through and keep for future auditions! 

The Script Analysis Class or SAC, lasts 6 weeks and can be joined via Zoom or in person. 

To register call 713.492.8621 or email ogaccm@gmail.com