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Acting for Action!

Saturday, September 9th from 10a-4p

Keith Brooks


Keith Brooks is an actor, director, and writer hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Berry College, The Juilliard School, and New York University, he has performed in well over 100 plays, countless films, and numerous television series. He is also a horror movie enthusiast, a Funko Pop collector, a diabetic, and has pet sharks. 

Known primarily for his work on AMC’s The Walking Dead, he is an artist that continuously tries to push his own boundaries, tackle challenging roles, and bring new stories to life. Versatile in many different styles and techniques of acting, experienced as a stand-up comic and host, and efficient with nun chucks, Brooks attempts to bring new life into everything he does.

Co-owner of Bean Dip Productions, he has directed and produced several award winning shorts, and is currently wrapping production on his second directed feature film.


Trevor Garner


Trevor Garner is an Atlanta native with a passion for creativity and unicorns.  He is an actor and voice actor with a background in martial art and stunts, and loves to bring that physicality to the characters that he plays.  Always a big supporter in make-believe, Trevor approaches every role -- whether voice or face acting -- like a kid diving into a costume closet.  Formerly a gymnastics coach, circus performer, and teacher at a school for children with special needs, Trevor currently spends his non-acting hours teaching martial art at The Welch Martial Art Experience in Sandy Springs.  He is a competing Judoka at Miki Judo Club where he enjoys other club members regularly hitting him with a planet.

Trevor is Co-owner of Bean Dip Productions, has written and produced several award winning shorts, choreographed action in numerous short and feature films, and has won awards for both stunts and stunt coordination.


Bean Dip Productions 


Bean Dip Productions is an independent production company founded in 2011 by Keith Brooks and Trevor Garner.  The first film they released, a short fan film called Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday, has amassed over 28 million views worldwide, was acquired by Marvel Comics and adapted into seven comic books, and was referenced in both the Deadpool video game and the major motion picture starring Ryan Reynolds.  Bean Dip Productions has written, directed, and produced several award winning shorts, three feature films, and were show runners for content on Stan Lee's World of Heroes.  They were also given a PhD in Pocky by Ezaki Glico (no, seriously).

Acting for Action Workshop will give attendees some of the basic building blocks that go into film acting as a craft, and action as a performance art.

The first ninety minutes will be an introduction into acting - focusing on the ideas of using your body, emotions, and vocal patterns to help create a character;

The second ninety will delve into the world of action. Combining notions of stunt work, martial arts, and fitness to explain the ideas and concepts of what the body is capable of, you will be taught how to take a punch, how to throw a punch, how to fall, how to behave on the ground, and many more aspects of what makes Action convincing.

After breaking for lunch, the next hour and a half, you will focus on basic choreography: situational “scenes” that actors are likely to run into that involve physical acting and will include lines of dialogue that we'll decide upon collectively.

The last hour and a half takes the choreography that we’ve established and incorporates it into the scene. Keith as director and Trevor as action director will provide scripted scenes for the actors that utilize the movements they have already been training along with other directing approaches that actors are likely to encounter.  thus driving home the idea that physical action is just as flexible as an actor’s choice. It informs the character and is simultaneously informed by the character. So often we perceive action as its own separate sequence within a piece.  But, in reality it is a part of the story, a part of a character's response.  It is an interaction that can be just as defining as a conversation or a soliloquy.

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