1790 Springfield Ave, New Providence NJ 07974 (908) 464-5928 • 413 Park Ave, Scotch Plains NJ 07076 (908) 322-7542
Acting for the Camera
Learn the techniques used by film, television, and commercial actors. Camera work differs from stage acting in many ways. Students discover how to convey emotion, mood, character, and tone for optimum effect onscreen.
When an actor works onstage, he/she is playing “to the balcony”. However, many successful stage techniques wouldn’t work well when applied to the screen, where viewer focus is largely determined by camera angles, shots, lenses, and editing. Screen actors need to develop and awareness of the scale and intensity of their physical, facial, and vocal expression and body movement.
Students in this class don’t necessarily have to be aiming for professional screen work. Learning on-camera techniques helps students of all levels improve body awareness, presentation skills, and clearer communication skills!
Instructor Laura Chaneski is a working professional camera actor with years of experience in front of the lens!
LAURA CHANESKI As a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity, Laura’s professional credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy) with the Ocean City Theater Company, White Christmas (Rita) at Surflight Theater, Greetings (Randi) at Off-Broadstreet Theater, White Guy on the Bus (Molly) at Passage Theater and Miracle on South Division Street (Ruth) at Shadowland Stages in addition to shows at Bucks County Playhouse, Centenary Stage Company, Waterfront Playhouse, Society Hill Playhouse and Bickford Theater. Her television appearances include Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards, YOU, Do No Harm, The Last O.G., That Damn Michael Che, the Hallmark movie Redemption in Cherry Springs and over 50 commercials. Laura has also recorded numerous voice-overs including a radio jingle for Tide.
Laura has been a performing arts teacher for students ages 2-adult at studios throughout NJ for over 15 years. Laura’s choreography work includes The Little Mermaid and Oklahoma! at Madison High School and Chicago, Mamma Mia!, The Lightning Thief and the upcoming production of Freaky Friday at Governor Livingston High School.
Laura graduated from Rutgers University with a dual major in Dance and Sociology and a minor in English.