Creating compelling actions and business in on camera performances

Professor Adam Fristoe, veteran stage and screen actor, presents methods for creating compelling, detailed physical performances for the screen. Due to the time constraints of filming schedules – no rehearsals, seeing the environment and props for the first time – actors and directors don’t have the luxury of discovering all the possibilities. Unlike theater rehearsals, where we can explore many options, we must be able to make quick, meaningful choices that utilize details from the set, props and camera angles. This method is adapted from his 19 years leading Out of Hand Theater, an ensemble theatre company, creating 30+ original works.


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    Adam Fristoe

    Adam Fristoe is an American stage and screen actor, voice over artist and teacher. For 19 years, he led Out of Hand Theater, named by the New York Times as Best Theatre of 2020. On screen, he is best known for roles in The Walking Dead, The Originals, NCIS: New Orleans, Teen Wolf and Sweet Magnolias. Adam is Professor of Performing Arts at SCAD where he teaches all levels of Acting for the Camera, Directing Screen Performances and Executive Produces an original Television Pilot each year.