22 - 29 January

Audition Technique

Film and Television Audition Training

This 8-Day Intensive Audition Training for Film and Television workshop is created for professional actors looking to brush up on their skills & learn invaluable techniques. Don't miss the Pilot Season this year! In order to do yourself justice in a the audition process for Film and Teleision, preparation is the key!

In this "Audition Game" workshop, you will be in the game, performing 7 auditions in 7 days and your best work will be shot at the end of the workshop. The scenes will be directed by the award-winning Hollywood film director John Henri Richardson and shot by professional DP and his crew.

Paris Film Academy is offering you the chance to meet, work and get feedback from two Star Makers, industry professionals with experience on award-winning movies and TV shows - John Henri Richardson, and the James Bond Casting Director, Debbie McWilliams.

You will work with professional film crew and voice & accent reduction coaches.

Acting Coaches

John Henry Richardson

John Henry Richardson

John Henry is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, producer and has over 300 motion picture, television and theater credits to his name.

He has won numerous awards in all categories from major film festivals throughout the world.

Drawing upon his experience and knowledge as a professional actor he gives students a working understanding of the disciplines and tools needed to master the art of acting for the camera and teaches them invaluable secrets to bringing a performance to life on film.

He made his foray into the field of television, having written and directed the romantic adventure, SANTIARA, for Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network.

Recently John Henry starred in and co-produced the prime-time television series, NEW YORK BLUES, for China, shot in the U.S. and broadcast on Beijing’s number one television network, CCTV.

Having taught the craft of film acting for over 30 years, John Henry designed and implemented the MFA, BFA and AFA curriculum for the Acting for Film School of the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios.

His film WHERE IS SHE NOW has won 25 International film awards, and John Henry has won 8 Best Director trophies. He is a graduate of the world-renowned Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts and the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Debbie McWilliams

Debbie McWilliams

Debbie McWilliams is a leading international casting director and has cast the last 13 James Bond films. Her experience with the Bond Films has taken her all around the world, casting A list stars as well as unknown actors in various unconventional settings. She has worked with a diverse range of directors including Derek Jarman, Roman Polanski, Stephen Frears, Anthony Minghella, Sam Mendes, Martin Campbell, Marc Forster, Ron Howard. Among her early credits are American Werewolf in London, My Beautiful Laundrette, Prick Up Your Ears and Henry V (Kenneth Branagh). In recent years she has worked on; Angels and Demons, Centurion, the 12 part TV series Borgia for Canal Plus, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Skyfall, The Silent Storm, “One Child” for BBC directed by John Alexander, as well as Take Down for Jim Gillespie.

Debbie Mcwilliams studied English and American Literature at Manchester University before arriving in London where she has lived for over 40 years. Debbie started out in the theatre in London in the early 70s but quickly realised that film was where she wanted to be. Having served a four year apprenticeship with Mary Selway, her first solo film was Superman 2. She has cast over 50 films, 20 TV series and still enjoys casting for the theatre.

In her quest for new and interesting talent, Debbie has travelled all over the world and is the Chairman of the International Casting Directors Network, a member of the Casting Directors Guild of UK and has recently been selected to join the Academy of Motion Pictures in USA, one of the first UK casting directors to be honoured in this way.

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By the end of this intensive course, you will discover how to merge your organic process as an actor into the vital technique of film acting.

You will perform on-camera auditions every day and learn how to unlock the mystique of the lens in your film acting by utilizing these valuable techniques:

Learning to communicate all thoughts, emotions and perceptions through the eyes.
Discovering your best on-camera angles and reference points to the lens, to transcend your performance with intimacy and intensity
Finding the personal tonality to your voice that connects with the microphone and the camera lens.
Mastering the technique of making a personal connection with the camera, revealing your inner life, subtextual persona, and above all, your essence.
Learning how to concentrate your energy and focus to intensity and enhance your on-camera charimda.
Locating and measuring your performance to favor the lighting that shows you off at your best.









I learned more about on-camera technique in the first month of studying with John Henry Richardson than I did in the entire first year in New York. His teaching and directing me on camera was a fabulous experience. I owe my success to him. If you have a chance to learn him in Paris sign up for the training! He is amazing!
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Some teachers have a special gift for bringing the best out in their students. John Henry is one of those rare people. He taught me some very valuable insights about on-camera acting, and best of all, the techniques of organic acting. French Actors are lucky to have him as a teacher!
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MONICA MOK Chinese film star
I really enjoyed this class and loved John Henry’s enthusiasm for teaching students. In my opinion, he is the teacher with the most knowledge of on-camera acting technique to share, and the best at getting his point across, and making us work up to our full potential. A great class and a wonderful teacher. I respect him so much.
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AMBER REILLY Star of the hit TV show GLEE
I have to thank John Henry for the amazing moments he gave us, and the new tools for on-camera acting that I will never forget. Acting for film was a new experience for me, having been a stage actor, and I loved every moment of it. His understanding of how to audition for the camera has given me so much vital direction that I now find that I am booking more jobs as a result of his incredible teaching.
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MANUEL RULFO Co-Star of Magnificent Seven
A very rare and wonderful thing happened last night in John Henry Richardson’s class. Ask anyone that was present and they will tell you that they were privileged to have been there. In one class, I got more practical, tangible on-camera acting and auditioning knowledge and personal constructive comments than in any full years course that I have taken. In fact, John is so filled with hands-on, earthy tips and techniques that I am herewith asking you to sign me up immediately for his next class. Calling John Henry Richardson’s On-Camera Audition Technique is like calling a class with Albert Einstein “Basic Physics”. It should be renamed “On-Camera Acting In Depth”. He holds nothing back and the result is pure electricity.
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I wanted to say how much John Henry Richardson's class has impacted me as an actress. I've been doing my best work after only four weeks in this class and I've spent thousands of dollars over the years with LA's best teachers: Howard Fine; Margie Haber; Leslie Kahn to name a few. I've been steadily booking small roles, but John's approach to audition technique is the link I’ve been missing in my work. I feel more ready than ever for that next giant step in my career. Everyone in the class made massive improvements which was absolutely inspiring to watch. It is such a pleasure to have a teacher who is not only a working actor, but has such commitment to his students. As far as I’m concerned, every word that comes out of John’s mouth is a golden gift.
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