On-Camera Workshop with Ragnar
A Summer Weekend in the Country
Learn to bring your own inner process to working in front of the camera.
Over the course of a weekend we will be working with a process, led by Ragnar, inspired by Michael Chekhov. You will be working in front of the camera with text, individually and with partners. You will have the opportunity to view your own work on a big screen for review and reflection. In addition to the hands-on learning experience you gain, each actor will leave the workshop with the raw footage of their own on-camera work.
When & Where
AUGUST (exact dates t.b.d.)
Upstate NY, accessible by train
11:00am-1:00pm Session 1
2:30pm-5:30pm Session 2
10:00am-12:00pm Session 3
1:30pm-4:30pm Session 4
Preparation / Material
Bring two scenes you want to work with: one with a partner of the same sex, one with a partner of the opposite sex (we will chose one of the scenes to work with, based on the constellation of the ensemble of actors), plus a thumb-drive (minimum 16GB free storage) for your raw footage.
The tuition for the weekend is $250. This includes the raw footage of your own work. All scenes are shot in 1080p HD with professional quality audio.
How to Apply
Once the dates of this workshop are announced, admission will be on a rolling basis; the workshop is limited to 12 actors.
If you would like to be notified when the dates are confirmed, please send us a brief note here:
Getting to the Workshop
* By Train: Take Metro North from Grand Central Terminal to Wassaic. We will pick you you up upon request and shuttle you to the Fox Hill Campground. It is possible to manage for the remainder of the workshop without a car.
* By Car: Drive to the Spencertown Academy in Spencertown, NY. For housing options, see below.
Very affordable accommodation available at Fox Hill Camping (walking distance to the work space and to the Spencertown Country Store). Other accommodations range from local motels, B&B’s to places available on airbnb.
The On-Camera Workshop is taught by Ragnar Freidank, co-director of the acclaimed DVD series Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). He directed the award-winning narrative film Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin, executive producer Bob Balaban. (The film can be streamed online HERE for a nominal fee.) All scenes are filmed by Martin D. Anderson.
Ragnar is an artist, both as a teacher and as a director. He is on an impassioned and relentless search to discover ways of connecting the actor with his own resources.
(JOANNA MERLIN, Broadway, film, TV actress; author of ‘Auditioning, An Actor Friendly Guide’)
Being in a rehearsal hall or studio with Ragnar is a constant source of clarity and inspiration; it is a keenly observed exploration into the heart of the matter, or certainly somewhere in that vicinity. (BRENT CARVER, actor, Tony Award for ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’)
Ragnar is an incredibly generous, curious, and imaginative teacher, who knows how to help illuminate character and motivation and help you move forward as an actor.
(DIANE DAVIS, Broadway and television actress)
Through Ragnar, I found a freedom in my work that I didn’t know was possible. He has completely changed the way I see the craft and who I am in it, and I am the richer for it.
(MIKAELA MARTIN, actress, Australia)
His work, based on the brilliant explorations of Michael Chekhov, is very much his own. He is an excellent listener and willing collaborator and I cannot speak too highly of the man and the teacher.
(MICHAEL HOWARD, actor, director, acting teacher, founder of the ‘Michael Howard Studios’, NYC)
About the film Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin.
A conversation with Fern Sloan & Ragnar Freidank