School of Cinema organized a workshop on ‘Directing the Actors’ by Ronan Paterson on April 20th. He is the personality with a Master’s degree in English from Trinity College, Dublin along with the experience of professional theater for more than 30 years, 150 theater, film, and television companies as an actor, director, producer, Paterson shared his experiences as an actor with the students of cinema at AAFT.

Paterson, having taught at many universities, colleges, and conservatories & currently heading the department of performing arts at the University of Teesside, laid emphasis on various aspects of film direction including director’s role in selecting a script to director’s role for handling the actors. He explained the major nuances of acting through various case studies exploring how actors & directors work and how a mutual understanding between the two helps in overall development of the script.

Paterson discussed right from Commedia de’ll Arte to contemporary re-workings of William Shakespeare. He further reiterated about Shakespeare in Performance and in Films. He was impressed with works of Vishal Bhardwaj and S. S. Rajamouli in particular. He displayed works of Michael Mann, Ken Russell, etc. along with a discussion on works of Jack Nicholson & Dustin Hoffman as to how they turned their weaknesses into their strengths as an actor.

After the session, a question-answer round ensued where students satisfied their inquisitiveness by asking some really relevant questions pertaining to acting and direction like how important are physical attributes for an actor, etc. The workshop helped students, especially the acting and direction to develop a camaraderie with each other & to understand each other’s mode of working.