By Ryan Harrison
BUDDING filmstars in Majorca are being giving the chance to taste a piece of Hollywood this summer as the island's film academy launches two new crash courses taught in English.

A new department that opens in August at the Majorca Film Academy is offering a six-day crash course in writing, directing and cutting a film, and Camera Acting classes from top Canadian star David Nerman, who has appeared in 18 feature films and 23 TV series.

Philip Rogan, director of the academy, said: “The courses are all taught in English and are aimed at anyone interested in acting or film making in general. “David brings 16 years of experience in the industry to the workshops. “He knows the industry backwards so it would be great for students to work with him.” “His course aims at teaching the technical basics for TV and Film acting in front of the camera, which is totally different to stage acting,” he added.

Both courses start on August 16, but David's acting workshop lasts for 10 days and ends on August 25.
Philip also emphasised that the places open for the courses are limited so those interested are to apply as soon as possible.
A Casting Call is taking place at the film academy in Palma's Calle Sant Jaume 6 on Sunday August 1 between 11am and 6pm. Wannabe actors can go along and add their names to the MFA's database, which it then shares with its partners. Philip said it is a good opportunity to get your name heard in the industry.

Those who attend will need a photo and a copy of their CV, and will be asked to say a short piece to camera. The day is open to students of all ages and those who want can bring their own short scripts to read through. The MFA opened its doors for the first time last March during the MFA Planet Europe Short Film Festival in Palma, which Philip Rogan organised.

The centre holds classes in Spanish, German and now English.

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