The two-year Panorama Academy education is built around ten focus areas, which are specifically designed to match industry requirements and are also specifically designed to help actors bridge the gap into the TV and film industry. Each focus area is described below. Actors will spend more time in certain focus areas depending upon what level they’re attending.
The Chubbuck Technique
This course is the education’s main focus. As the first Academy in Europe, we are the first to offer officially-accredited acting teachers within ‘The Chubbuck Technique’. We’ll thereby maintain the high level of quality of training and matching the high standards of the ‘Ivana Chubbuck Studio’ in Los Angeles.
The 12-Step Acting Technique’ is guaranteeing individual in-depth growth. This course focuses on in-depth character work and on-screen work.
Since our first encounter with Ivana in the late 90s at her studio in LA, we’ve been fans of her powerful and magic created on stage, her bestselling book ‘The Power of the Actor’, and her dynamic and effective technique ‘The 12 Step Technique’. Since 2009, we’ve annually hosted Ivana Chubbuck Master Class in Copenhagen and Oslo with big successes. These master classes have provided Scandinavian actors the opportunity to define themselves as actors working in an English speaking setting, and to prepare for working A-level on set internationally – but actors have also had the opportunity to obtain hands-on tools that will help them progress and elevate their skills and talent, as we firsthand witnessed the magic and the catapulting growth and life-changing results actors experience when practicing the technique.
Multiple actors have achieved award-winning success by using Ivana’s technique, and many are now able to create characters that are so dynamic and interesting that we’ve encountered directors/producers deciding to elevate characters from supporting roles to series regulars, all based on the actors performances when using The Chubbuck Technique.
Acting on Screen
This course focuses on the collaboration between you as an actor, the camera DOP and director. This course is designed to give you the opportunity to work with and in front of the camera and to learn all the basic industry ‘know-hows’. Throughout the course, you will get the opportunity to work closely with an award-winning DOP. We set the scene as if you are at a professional film or TV set – ready for ‘action’.
This class will equip you with specific, utilizable tools that are great to have before you book your first professional job, or give the actors who’s been on a set before the opportunity to better themselves with effective and powerful tools in front of the camera.
A cornerstone of Acting on Screen is for you to practice self-evaluation and learn how to receive constructive feedback from the course professionals in charge, and learn the importance of team-work. We expect you to be ready to embrace challenges with open arms – and to come out of your comfort zone.
Casting and Selftaping
This course will introduce you to the demands of the industry and will focus mainly on how to prepare yourself for going to castings, how to interpret the character and how to self-tape for auditions. Best of all, it will provide you with the opportunity to have ‘the casting experience’ where working professionals will mimic a real casting experience while also evaluating your performance and give you public feedback, from which all class actors can learn. You will also get to familiarise yourself with things like ‘cold reading’, how you ‘work and cooperate’ with a caster, and have the opportunity to do a selftape in which you’ll get feedback from a professional casting director.
Selftapes has perhaps a longer history within the industry than you might think! Panorama Agency was the pioneers of selftapes more than 20+ years ago where clients would film themselves and record on VHS-tapes. Today, selftapes are done digitally and has globalized our industry so that clients, regardless of nationality, can book jobs all around the world. Selftaping is an art in itself! Casting directors typically request a just, real and raw expression that isn’t too stilted – and yet, it is paramount that the lighting, sound, cropping and background follow conventional ways of the industry demands.
A cornerstone of this course is to enlighten you, and prepare you for the real casting sessions and selftapes. We will provide you with the does and donts and share some of our most challenging experiences.
Build your Package
This course focuses on one of the most important aspects of becoming a professional actor, namely: how do you introduce your powerful potential, and essance of YOU – to the key people in the industry?
This course will provide you with professional headshots and a photoshoot taken by a professional photographer on location. Build Your Package will also enable you to collect the material you have produced during the year and you will get familiarised with what a professional showreel looks like. Lastly, you will recieve a ready-to-work package, including your headshots, CV and more at the end of the year.
Your package is a unique communication and networking tool. With this, you are able to showcase your talent and highest potential, and your personality. After you’ve built your package, you’ll be ready to start networking on a professional level and seek those invitaitons to do seltapes and potential castings.
Stunt, Movement and Meditation
This course will introduce you to the world of stage stunts, combat, dance and body awareness. A cornerstone of this course is for you to get comfortable with and aware of your body and will provide you with exercises on how to deal with stress, rejections and your self-worth.
Dance: Your teacher is a long time professional dancer in the industry. You will get the opportunity to get hands-on experience with choreography, as well as the challenges of memorizing choreography. This class will provide you with awareness-raising exercises and techniques which are applicable to both screen and stage.
Stunt and Movement: Working professionally on a film or TV set, you’ll suddenly find yourself in a situation where the role has some physical challenging scene, and because of the fast pace, and improvising nature of a film or TV set, you’ll need to put yourself out there and accommodate expectations. Therefore, you’ll find this course most helpful, because here you learn and understand the basic movement techniques, and you’ll get familiar with your body and experience success by working outside of your comfort zone.
Awareness and Movement: A cornerstone of this course is for you to get comfortable with, and aware of your body. An important thing is for you as an actor to become in sync with your body and strengthened as a whole. We will provide you with tools, techniques, and exercises on how to instrument your body, to develop the character, and find those unique character specifics, which are often tied to a character’s psychical behavior.
Meditation: We recommend that you practice a minimum of 7 effective minutes, every day, to find peace and balance during a busy day, and week schedule. Stop punishing yourself, welcome rejections as learning processes, and view them as important experiences, validate yourself to ‘Stand in your Light’.
Voice and Dialects
This course will introduce you to the world of voice coaching with a particular focus on English dialects. You will be working with a professional voice coach to explore the repertoire of your voice in the Spring after doing various other voice exercises in the Fall in order to “loose the accent”. You will also receive technical training in distinguishing between American English (GP) and British English (RP) and also get the chance to better your understanding by evaluating various accents performed by Danish, public figures. The course will also provide you with the opportunity to produce your own monologue in a self-chosen variety of English.
The course introduces you to the business aspect of the industry. A cornerstone of this course is for you to receive coaching on our top principle — start seeing yourself as your own entrepreneur and enterprise — and results will follow.
You will also receive coaching on how to navigate when you book a role, and which steps you find are in front of you: negotiations, contract management, union regulations, legalities (such a nudity on set, working over hours etc). You’ll also be introduced to ‘the role of’: the agent, the producer and the casting director. We’ll provide you with insights and guidance on how to navigate this industry with determination, with care and with success!
Create Your Showreel
This course will provide you the opportunity to work intensively with a scene partner using ‘The Chubbuck Technique’, where you practice and fine tune the scene together. This scene work will become part of your showreel at the end of the season. This course will also give you the chance to produce monologues which will also become part of your showreel at the end of the season.
Throughout the education, Panorama Academy actors will get the opportunity to produce in-house projects in collaboration with Panorama Production.