GLOBAL ACTORS – SO YOU WANT TO WORK IN LA?
Lets face it. A lot of actors across the globe want to work in the City of Angles, Los Angeles and be a part of Hollywood. Here we talk to renowned acting instructor, Michelle Danner, who informs us the nuts and bolts of going about it.
a) A little about Michelle and also the Edgemar Center?
Michelle Danner is the founding and artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts a cultural arts center in Santa Monica, CA that encompasses two theaters and an art gallery. She is a renowned actor, director and award-winning acting coach based in Hollywood. Her studio encompasses the following acting techniques : Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, & the Stanislavsky Technique.
Michelle Danner works with many A-List actors privately and on set including Henry Cavill, Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz, Grant Bowler, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Salma Hayek, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Justine Wadell, Rick Fox, Kellan Lutz and Michelle Rodriguez among many others.
She has trained personally with Stella Adler, Uta Hagen and managed the Larry Moss Studio for twenty years. She teaches acting intensives at The Michelle Danner Acting Studio www.michelledanner.com and teaches internationally in Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Sydney, Paris, South Africa, and New York the Golden Box and auditioning for film and television.
Danner was the acting coach expert on the WB show “The Starlet” and was voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers. She also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” giving an acting lesson to Andy Richter.
Michelle Danners latest directorial film “Hello Herman” written by john Buffolo Mailler stars Norman Reedus from the “Walking Dead” & “Boondock Saints” & Marta Higareda. The movie premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival and international premiered at the Monaco Charity Film Festival winning the award for socially relevant film. The film opened on June 7, 2013 in nationwide with simultaneous availability on VOD in 100 million homes. The trailer for Hello Herman can be viewed atwww.allinfilms.com. ; Her movie production company, All in Films, has several film projects in development: You’re on the Air, The Bandit Hound, and The Will To. She has two books coming out in 2013, The Daily Ritual and The Golden Box.
b) What other parts of the world has Michelle conducted her workshops?
Michelle teaches internationally in Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Sydney, Paris, South Africa. This fall she is scheduled to make her first visit to Russia for her Golden Box Master Intensive.
c) Would doing a workshop in India be of interest to Michelle?
Michelle is very interested in teaching workshops in India. Bollywood has maintained a thriving film industry for years, with many talented stars venturing their way to American sets. Actors such as Freida Pinto, Amitabh Bachchan, and Suraj Sharma represent great examples of the bubbling talent pool that exists in India. Michelle would be honored to have a hand in working with some of the country’s up and coming talent.
d) Dispel a myth here – acting is very different from different parts
of the world, hence can the techniques that are taught by Michelle, have relevance in places like India and China?
Michelle teaches a technique that is effective for actors of all different types. Michelle teaches students to get out of their heads and begin to live completely in the moment. She helps actors to find their own unique emotional triggers, so that no matter where they are from or what language they speak, their emotions are completely available to them in any situation. Actors around the world have found success studying with Michelle because she takes the emphasis off of the “method” and helps actors rediscover their own creativity.
e) Talk specifically about the program, from a foreign student of acting perspective, what are the steps that they have to go through to be accepted and obtaining their visa?
The Michelle Danner Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for the Arts, one of the top acting conservatories in Los Angeles, offers sponsorship to international students who aspire to begin, improve, or polish their acting skill set from beginner to advanced, and expand their acting resumes by working in the film industry. Through the M1 Visa Program international actors are able to study & work in beautiful, world famous, Santa Monica CA! This acting school offers individual acting classes and a 6 or 12 month well rounded actor training conservatory for actors interested in learning the craft at a more accelerated pace. It will also cover – Breaking into the Industry: The Insiders Guide:The must know business aspects of launching your acting career and marketing yourself.
Opportunities for Students
Our school is located at Edgemar Center for the Arts, a 2 theater and art gallery complex in Santa Monica. The Well Rounded Training Intensive gives students the opportunity to build their resumes and IMDB credits, through practical training and our various casting opportunities.
Our students have the ability to be part of the following: film productions, film festivals and/or theater productions, take a look below at the 3 different websites: all in films, cinema at the edge and Edgemar center for the arts. Students have the opportunity to audition for acting parts or work/intern on our latest movies, audition for the various theater productions, and participate in our yearly film festival.
We also offer a Breaking into the Industry Seminar, which provides you with an understanding of the business side of acting. So that you can be ready when your program is complete and begin your work as an actor once approved for the OPT (Optional Practical Training). You will also be provided with a list of agents, and managers that represent international actors and how to best use them to your advantage.
For International Students who prefer to study abroad, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
All In Films is an independent film production company. At the helm are Michelle Danner & Alexandra Guarnieri. The mission of All In Films is to produce high-quality, independent movies geared to entertain & spark social commentary
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with OPT (OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING) WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO WORK IN THE COUNTRY AFTER YOUR STUDY’S END. ONLY FOR STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE 6 or 12 Month Program.
encompasses the following acting techniques: Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, & the Stanislavski Technique.
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The Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School’s philosophy is that artists can draw upon all different acting techniques from Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, & the Stanislavsky Technique and form a toolbox of their own, their very own Golden Box.
She is a renowned acting coach and works with many A-List Actors privately as well as on set. These include James Franco, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Zooey Deschanel, Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Verne Troyer, Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Catherine Bell, Gabrielle Union, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, and Michelle Rodriguez and many others.
15 Minutes Magazine has featured your very own Michelle Danner in this months edition of their “15 Minutes Profile”. Enjoy the article below.
Reflecting Our Times
The film is an unflinching examination of today’s society through the eyes of a young copycat killer and the journalist who sees the tragedy as a potential boost for his own career. It is an adaptation of the play of the same name, also written by Norman Mailer’s youngest son. The film is available through OnDemand and iTunes.MICHELLE DANNER, artistic director at Edgemar Center of the Arts and one of the most successful acting coaches in Hollywood, is director of the film version of John Buffalo Mailer’s Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus, Martha Higareda and newcomer Garrett Backstrom.
The film is an unflinching examination of today’s society through the eyes of a young copycat killer and the journalist who sees the tragedy as a potential boost for his own career. It is an adaptation of the play of the same name, also written by Norman Mailer’s youngest son. The film is available through OnDemand and iTunes.
“Hello Herman is the story of a teenager who, out of confusion and rage, carries out a high school shooting that mirrors the tragedy of Columbine,” Danner said. “Certain members of the media only heighten the tragedy by sensationalizing it and setting out to televise his execution.”
She said this is a story of prejudice and isolation as well as the racism, bullying and violence that our youth encounter in schools that has the potential to lead to these high school tragedies. “As the mother of an eight-year-old boy, the themes resonate with me,she says.
“When we staged the screenplay at Edgemar, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Paul Haggis and others came and were moved by the material and we knew we had to make this film,” Danner said.
This timely and disturbing film offers no answers, but, Danner hopes, may spark a much-needed dialogue between our nation’s youth and their peers, parents and teachers.
As acting coach, Danner works with many A-list actors both privately and on the set, including Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Christian Slater, Zooey Deschanel, Isla Fisher and Marcia Cross among others.
She was featured coaching Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien in 2009. She is currently writing two books on acting, The Golden Box and 100 Most Asked Questions About Acting. In 2000, Danner and acting coach Larry Moss raised $1.5 million from donors including Steven Speilberg, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Neil Simon to build and open the Edgemar Center which houses two theatres and an art gallery.
*In the year 2000, acting coach Michelle Danner and Larry Moss founded Edgemar Center for the Arts, a top los angeles acting school and a two theatre and art gallery complex. The Larry Moss Acting Studio has been housed at Edgemar since the cutting of the ribbon in 2002 and has flourished and grown into what is now The Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School. Please call managing director Alexandra Guarnieri at 310-392-0815 for times and to attend a free informational session every Wednesday from 10:30am-12:30pm.
WWTW Interview – Director & acting coach Michelle Danner, about ‘Hello Herman’ starring Norman Reedus from ” The Walking Dead”
Michelle Danner came across something unusual while auditioning pre-teens for roles in her new film “Hello Herman.”
The actors, most of whom were roughly 13 years of age, looked old enough to be either entering college – or about to graduate.
“Youth has gone so fast, it’s a mirror of how fast our society is,” Danner says. “I see it with my [own] kids.”
It’s one of many themes explored in “Hello Herman,” the film version of John Buffalo Mailer’s play about a school shooting. The movie, which starsNorman Reedus, Martha Higareda and newcomer Garrett Backstrom, examines society through the eyes of both a copycat killer and the journalist who views tragedy as a career enhancer.
Danner, an acting coach and Artistic Director at Edgemar Center of the Arts, says even though other films like “April Showers” and “Elephant” have touched on school shootings the material still needs to be addressed.
“Why do movies about the Holocaust keep happening? We do need to see these movies,“ she says. “Anything that sparks debate is a good thing … the message here is acceptance and connecting, reaching out to others so a kid won’t get bullied.“
Those messages resonated during the film’s shoot. The director recalls how the brother of one of the film’s actors reacted to a pivotal scene in the movie.
“I realized that I am a bully in school and I have to change,“ she recalls the youngster telling her.
Danner says one piece of dialogue which didn’t make the final cut had a character asking another if people will learn to be nicer to one another.
“It was too much to say,” she explains why the line was cut. “But it’s true.”
“Hello Herman” proved independent to the core, but Danner says the limitations of a tight budget actually served as her muse.
“There‘s something interesting about the urgency of having to get it, it’s emotional,” she says of the “fast and furious“ shooting style adopted for the project. A similar sentiment drove the cast and crew. “Everyone felt we were making a movie that had something to say. Everybody was on board with that.”
Danner finished principal photography on the film last month and will be editing the movie through June. Then, “Hello Herman” will be submitted to film festivals while Danner ponders distribution offers.
Danner, whose list of acting clients includes Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Salma Hayek and Isla Fisher, says transitioning from acting coach to film director was part “of a natural progression.”
“I love the medium of film. I love the stage. I’m constantly championing new works,” she says.
Part of her entertainment career involves training not just fledgling actors but established stars at the top of their profession.
“Sometimes you can do a lot of movies and feel, ’I know nothing … let me see how an acting coach can make things better,’” she says.
Take comic actor Chris Rock, who Danner worked with during the making of “Death at a Funeral.”
“He wanted to do something different. We really worked on that,” she says. “A common denominator with actors, even very well known ones, is insecurity.”