Sep 27 2012 6:00 pm
Sep 27 2012 8:00 pm
Thursday September 27th, 2012 at 6:00 - 8 PM
Director/Producer - John Howard Swain and Casting Director - Judy Bowman will be doing a presentation and book signing of John’s latest book, The Science & Art of Film Acting. Also available for the first time, the 2nd edition of John’s popular book The Science & Art of Commercial Acting.
John Howard Swain, actor, director and teacher. In his nearly forty years in the business John has worked with many of the industry’s leaders including: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Jeannot Szwarc, Millie Perkins, Harold Gould, John Flynn, Brian Dennehy, James Woods, Michael Landon, Victor French, Sandy Duncan, Larry Hagman, John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Kevin Dobson, Roy Scheider, Daniel Travanti, Jon Cypher, Leslie Ann Warren, Danny Glover, William Dear, Gerald McRaney, and Jason Bateman.
As an actor John’s list of credits span from an early stint on One Life to Live, to the venerated Hill Street Blues to the enduring Law and Order canon. He has performed on stages throughout the country, in roles ranging from John Proctor in The Crucible to Alfred Chamberlin in Little Murders. He has also been the principal talent in over 200 national television commercials. As a director, John has staged over twenty-five plays including That Championship Season, Veronica’s Room, The Owl and the Pussycat, and The Hollow. He has also directed five films. His most recent project, A Younger Man, garnered several awards in various film festivals across the country. As a teacher, John was the founder and Managing Director of Full Circle Productions, the San Francisco based acting school. To date, students using his technique have booked over 6.500 jobs. In addition to teaching and directing, John is also the lead producer on Scrambled Eggs a new comedy opening at the Beckett Theatre in April 2013.
From 6 – 7 PM John Swain and Casting Director Judy Bowman (The Word, Pervertigo, Short Bus, Body/Antibody, etc.) will critique work performed by members chosen from the audience. Judy also cast John’s award winning short film, A Younger Man. A Q & A will follow.
7 – 8 PM snacks and beverages will be served and John will read passages from his latest book The Science & Art of Film Acting. Book signing will follow.
.About the Book: “John Howard Swain not only knows how to do it, he knows how to teach it...and that is exactly what he does in his wonderful new acting manual! He clarifies, encourages and enlightens. A must read for anyone who wants to be better actor!”
Mary Lou Belli -Emmy Award Winning Director
“One of the dichotomies of acting is that, while it is difficult to do, it is even more difficult to teach. John Howard Swain understands the actor's challenges, and he understands filmmaking. He combines his knowledge of both in an invaluable handbook of practical, manageable techniques for bringing a character to life on the screen. The Science and Art of Film Acting should be required reading for actors new to film, and experienced actors will be gratified to find the tools of their trade so comprehensively presented in one volume.”
Mike Langworthy – Golden Globe Award winning writer.
“I have had the good fortune to work with John as both a teacher and as a director, and I’ve also had the pleasure of watching him work as an actor. The unique thing about his approach to the work is that he can see it from all sides. He is able to take what he knows and assist the actor so that his performance is not only clearer but also more powerful. It truly is a "science and an art form" that makes acting seem effortless. How lucky for those actors who live outside New York that John has written this book to share his insights!”
Summer Crockett Moore - Producer - Choice Films - Junction; In the Daylight; Stain; Reading Under the Influence, etc…