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TeleProductions Helps Kent State Actors Prepare for Their Close-ups

Posted Mar. 20, 2013

By Brandon Koziol 

The TeleProductions studio transforms into a film set every Monday and Wednesday for Rohn Thomas’ class, Acting for the Camera. Thomas created the acting course almost 10 years ago, and TeleProductionsActing for The Camera has been with him to capture each students performance ever since. 

“TeleProductions has always worked very well with me, and the class, to improve the quality of the work here,” he said. 

Each class, TeleProductions cinematographer Megan Melville works with Thomas to give students a taste of what it’s like acting while there’s a camera pointed behind their shoulder. 

“The camera is critical to the class; it has a direct affect on the way a piece is performed,” Thomas said.  

Re-watching each take from the perspective of TeleProductions’ lens lets the students see how the camera interprets their actions. Student Amelia Finefrock loves this real-time playback and says it’s necessary in order to critique her performance. 

“There are so many subtle things we overlook,” Finefrock said. “When we step back, and watch what we just did, you notice so many things.” 

TeleProductions also gives the class a spacious, professional studio to work with. 

Without the lights and soundproof walls, the class wouldn’t be the same.

“When you’re in here, you know you’re in a special place,” Thomas said while pondering about the studio. “I think how cool it is to be able to teach a class in such a fantastic facility.” 

In-studio with Thomas’ students, Melville is also learning and growing through the class and working for TeleProductions.  

While shooting, Melville dreams about one day being up on the big screen. Her involvement with TeleProductions has helped her learn both sides of the business and get one step closer to her dream of becoming an actor.

“Filming the class has helped me a lot as an actor because it’s important to learn the technical language and vocabulary the people around you will be using,” she said. 

Melville and the students are learning a very valuable skill – how to simply act in front of the camera. 

Knowing to not “completely freak out” when a camera comes your way is important in a time where everyone ends up in front of it, Thomas said.  

Through this collaboration with TeleProductions, Thomas has formed friendships with everyone on the staff while also developing his video skills along the way. 

“I’ve learned so much about filmmaking, editing and cameras,” he happily concluded.