Paris/NYC Intensive Summer Workshops

Film Acting Paris offers intensive summer programs in acting, film directing and writing courses in Paris and NYC. Actors, film directors and screenwriters pool resources with instructors as well as casting directors, film agents, and producers to create short films, digital movies and feature length scripts for film production. Current film students have started a filmmaking career from this workshop and three of our students were invited to the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival.

The Summer Workshop
Writers, directors, actors and film composers are invited to either the Paris or NYC Workshop. Film artists reside with film professionals for 8 intensive days. Digital video equipment, room and board are provided for all film artists. All film artists will receive a professional DVD of their work for resumes and show reels.

The Pitch
Film actors, writers, directors and composers collaborate on short films (3-5 min). All short films get produced with professional actors, edited and composed with original music under the supervision from the instructors.

The Script
Writers will spend an intensive week polishing and rewriting scripts with James Ryan.

The Picture
Directors and actors will shoot films utilizing the varied locations in Paris or NYC. Charles Weinstein will be working on location as a coach to both actors and directors.

The Cut
A film editor will digitally edit the films and present the work in progress each evening. Feedback from film artists moderated by the instructors will enhance the completed films. Composers will create original music for all films.

The Product
All short films will be completed in a professional manner. All film artists will receive a DVD of the films which they collaborated on. These short films should be used for resumes and show reels.


Charles Weinstein learned filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 1987, Charles wrote and directed The Idiot, a half-hour film based on Dostoevsky's novel. His second short film, The Gutter Song, screened at many international film festivals, played theatrically in Europe and received the Silver Plaque for the best short film at the Philadelphia International Film Festival. Screenwriting credits include the following feature length scripts; Whiter Shade of Pale, In the Middle of Time, The Thief of New York and Nastasya. For the stage, Charles has directed numerous plays, readings and workshops at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre and Alice's Fourth Floor. For the stage Charles has directed many actors including Calista Flockhart and Laura Linney. Charles wrote, directed and co-produced his first feature, Under the Bridge, winner of the MovieMaker Breakthrough Award at the 1997 Taos Talking Picture Festival. Actors include Michael Imperioli (The Sopronos and Melissa Leo (21 grams). Charles has also produced feature length films; On The Run and The Young Girl and the Monsoon. This year Charles served on the jury for the Avignon Film Festival selecting best feature as well as short films made in France and the US.

James Ryan has written over fifteen plays and a dozen screenplays. His book, Screenwriting from the Heart: The Technique of the Character-Centered Screenplay, is published by Billboard Books. Mr. Ryan was Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, where he taught for the past eight years. His work has been produced at Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Repertory Theatre, Act One in Los Angeles, The O'Neill Theatre Center, and Berkeley Stage Company, among other venues. Ryan has written screenplays for Disney and Warner Bros.' Spring Creek Productions, and recently completed an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Found in the Street for Granada Films and Mr. Mudd, John Malkovich's production company. He wrote and directed The Young Girl and the Monsoon, a feature film which had its world premiere at The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival; released by Artistic License Films in North America, it was also released on cable by Showtime, and on DVD by Vanguard International Video. He began his career as an actor, studying with Uta Hagen, and created roles in new plays by John Patrick Shanley and Eduardo Machado. He appeared in the films Five Corners, Falling in Love, and Joe vs. The Volcano.


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