Part of SFFILM Education
Workshop for Teens: Acting and Directing
Join experienced filmmaker, actor, and educator Liz Anderson for a fun, hands-on workshop that will explore the complex relationship between directors and actors. Students who have a passion for directing film and/or acting in film are encouraged to sign up for this event!
This workshop aims to bridge the communication gap between young directors and actors, while fostering an environment for personal and professional development for young people involved in film. Liz Anderson will encourage participants to learn by direct participation in hands-on activities, diving into the expectations and responsibilities that actors and directors have on set by trying out new roles. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a more empathetic understanding of how to work within a filmmaking team, something that is incredibly important for young filmmakers to understand as they learn and grow into the next generation of professional directors and actors!
Program runtime: 120 minutes
This workshop is intended for youth grades 8–12.
Liz Anderson is a filmmaker, actor, teacher, and current resident at FilmHouse. As an actor, she became frustrated by the pressure to be complicit in roles for women that reinforce the male gaze, and misrepresent the complexity of the female experience. As a director, she seeks to push back against the prevailing stereotypes; her work uses the lens of science fiction to follow multifaceted, often flawed, female protagonists. Her narrative work includes the award-winning shorts Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero, The Tolls, and the single-take short, Welcome Back Mr Buzzcock, for Blumhouse’s Crypt TV. Her work has been supported by Women In Film LA and SFFILM.
A graduate of the NYU Tisch theater program and recipient of the Tisch Studio Award, Anderson has studied with the Atlantic Theater Company, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is a member of the studio faculty at American Conservatory Theater.