At the surface level, a typical weekend at Raging Bull Actors Studio can be seen as a bunch of actors rehearsing scenes and dialogues, gearing up for a performance. Beneath this surface is a systematic process that the actors go through, for a period of six 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, an experienced acting trainer, well-known in film circles. He has trained actors for films, and has conducted several acting workshops to help actors understand the nuances of acting.
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
With theatre being the essential base for actors, the training 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 training 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
RBAS 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 become members of RBAS. They 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. RBAS 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 film industry are invited to the studio to watch the actors perform and select suitable talent for their films. Through auditions at the studio and outside, RBAS actors have acted in movies such as Vadacurry, Meaghamann, O Kadhal Kanmani, Acham Yenbadu Madameyada, Kavan, VIP 2, and more.