On Set with Director Matthew Bonifacio
Dates: Tue 1/18 @ 3pm
Meets 3 times: 1/18 1/25 2/1
Matthew recently shot the feature film NOT FOR NOTHING
in which he cast SEVERAL ONE ON ONE members,
including TWO MEMBERS IN FEATURED ROLES!
NOT FOR NOTHING stars Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie)
Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie) Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Mike Starr (Goodfellas) Dominik Garcia-Lorido (City Island)
and Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains)
He will be casting and directing 2 upcoming films!
Study with Sundance - Tribca Film Festival award winning director, and work on scenes from Matthew's Past and Upcoming films!
Matthew loves working with new talent and is one of our most popular teachers!
WEEK ONE: Auditioning On-Camera
Prior to class, Matthew will assign your audition scene from his past and current film projects. Each actor will privately audition for Matthew. He will privately critique and give adjustments to each actor. Auditions will be put on tape and uploaded for the class to review.
WEEK TWO: Rehearsing with your film Director
Each actor will receive a new scene and acting partner in advance. Matthew will apply his on-set rehearsal techniques to give adjustments on each scene in front of the class. The scenes will be put on camera and uploaded for the class to review.
WEEK THREE: Observations and Adjustments
The final class will consist of rehearsing each scene with blocking, as if on set. Matthew will send the blocking to each actor in advance. He will then observe, adjust and direct each scene in front of the class.
The goal of the class is to get actors comfortable collaborating and rehearsing with a film director. Students will learn artistic and technical tools they can apply to their future auditions and acting work.
***Class Structure is subject to change.
About Matthew Bonifacio▼
After each of Matthew’s classes he has always brought in selected One On One members to audition for his projects... Many have been cast!
SELECT ACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY, COACHED BY or STUDIED WITH MATTHEW INCLUDE:
Douglas Taurel (Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods)
Nadia Gan (What Maisie Knew)
Jingchu Zhang (Rush Hour 3)
J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Morning Glory)
Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas)
Gleendilys Inoa (Don’t Let Me Drown – Sundance Film Festival)
Miriam Shor (Swingtown, CBS TV)
Michael Aronov (Without a Trace)
Manny Perez (Pride and Glory)
Frances Turner (Two Dollar Beer, 20th Century Fox TV)
Sharon Angela (The Sopranos)
Kelsey Fowler (Broadway’s Mary Poppins)
Richie Pecci (Todd Solondz’ Life During Wartime – Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York Film Festivals )
Selected critic quotes on Matthew's first feature film, LBS:
"Credit must be given to Bonifacio for his nuanced direction and the very real performances he elicits from his actors...equally important, in less skillful hands, "Lbs." might have been nothing more than a dramatization of self-help rehab cant rather than a sad and haunting story." - Simi Horwitz, BACK STAGE
"Kudos to Matthew Bonifacio for crafting an inspirational, humorous portrait of an individual grappling with an addiction that, unlike heroin or alcohol, has rarely been addressed in film." -Andrew Grant, TIMEOUT NEW YORK
Selected critic quotes on Matthew's second feature film, AMEXICANO:
"Realistic performances and genuine emotions make Matthew Bonifacio’s quiet charmer AMEXICANO much more than just another preachy treatise on illegal immigration."
- Laura Kern, NEW YORK TIMES
"Matthew Bonifacio, whose work has played the city’s film festivals, does the kind of thing filmmakers like Edward Burns always hoped to do but never quite accomplished."
- Joe Neumaier, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"Constantly unpredictable yet totally organic" "Indeed all the thesping is excellent" "(a pitch-perfect Raul Castillo)"
- Ronnie Scheib, VARIETY
Matthew is also our in-house Acting Coach!
Have an audition that you're not sure about? Need to brush up before you're put on camera? Need help with a scene or monologue?
Private Acting Coach/Teacher & Award-Winning Filmmaker Matthew Bonifacio will help you master the audition by working closely with you on your scene or monologue. He really focuses on the actor's individual needs so they are able to showcase their best work.
"I highly recommend him to any actor. He was very easy going, but very specific. He knows how to direct actors and how to give them technical notes without stifling them. I felt very relaxed and like I really worked! By the end of the session I felt I had achieved certain goals I came in with and left with a feeling of wanting to work with him again. The whole process was very collaborative. He's a great person to coach with!"
- One on One member Jennifer Capriccio
John Austin Wiggins