At the surface level, a typical day at Raging Bull Actors Studio can be seen as a bunch of actors rehearsing scenes and dialogues, gearing up to present a performance for directors. Beneath this surface is a systematic process that the actors go through, for a period of five months - a process that helps them understand that acting is an art that can be learnt, practiced and perfected.
Raging Bull Actors Studio (RBAS) was started in 2007 by Jack Prabhu, a well-known acting trainer in film circles. RBAS trains actors for films, and conducts several workshops to help them understand the nuances of acting. In short, RBAS aims to redefine the art of acting and positively transform the upcoming era of Tamil cinema.
The RBAS Mission
- To groom passionate people into a breed of disciplined actors for the new generation of cinema
- To serve as a platform for actors to learn and fine-tune their skills by continuous practice
- To provide film opportunities for actors through auditions
With theatre being the essential base for actors, the training at the acting school begins with a basic Yoga and theatre workshop to help actors understand voice, physical movement and mind control. This learning helps them distinguish stage from screen. The techniques, skills and experiences garnered in this workshop are translated into cinematic acting with a psychological approach.
The acting course at RBAS aims to help actors understand that their goal is to replicate reality - behave the way they would, when they are in a situation similar to the character they play. The training includes sessions on storytelling, voice control, games and exercises to hone observation and improvisation skills, and understanding the presence of camera, lights, and microphones. The actors are trained to understand that acting is not just about memorizing lines, but more to do with the characterization, intention and the subtext sandwiched between the lines.
The actors move on to use a host of psychological skills to create realistic portrayals of characters, drawing from Stanislavski's system of method acting and Stella Adler’s systematic approach to acting. Course details
After the training
RB actors are made aware of the fact that being an actor is an art of experiencing, and is a continuous process. After the training, the actors can choose to become members of acting institute. The members meet at the studio during weekends to rehearse scenes and dialogues. During the weekdays, there are separate sessions allocated for training in dance, fitness and stunt. Sundays are reserved for the members to get together to watch and discuss world cinema. Read more
The members at RBAS are from various fields, including regular college students and IT professionals. The acting school encourages members to continue with their routine jobs, providing a system for them to find suitable opportunities in films. A dedicated team works on arranging photoshoot sessions and auditions for the trained members. Directors from the Tamil film industry are invited to the acting school to watch the actors perform and select suitable talent for their films. Through auditions at the studio and outside, RB actors have acted in movies such as O Kadhal Kanmani, Acham Yenbadu Madameyada, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Game Over, Sindhubaadh, KD Engira Karuppudurai and more.