Masterclass with Randal Kleiser
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation |

Master Class
Monday, February the 20th 2012, 13:00 – 17:00
with Randal Kleiser
Director, screenwriter and producer of cinematic successes like:
Grease, The Blue Lagoon, Red Riding Hood

Master Class by Randal Kleiser, the filmmaker who contributed to the global cinematic arts with the movie Grease, the most successful musical of all times as well as many more cinematic successes.

Language: English – Translation available in Greek
Duration: 4 hours

The internationally renowned, American director, screenwriter and producer decided to visit our country, for the first time ever, in the framework of the general concept under the motto “Save Greece”, being germinated in the artistic fields of U.S.A., in order to share with Greek filmmakers and actors the secrets of an ultimately successful, international career in a 4hour Master Class, on Monday, February the 20th 2012, from 13:00 to 17:00, at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.

It is one more initiative by MCF, in the line of Act and Re- Act: Masterclasses which take place with the kind donation by the Livanou family in memory of Michael Cacoyannis, offering to the artistic workforce of our country one more opportunity for training with low-cost fees.

Moreover, on Sunday, the 19th of February 2012, at 12:00, anOpen Meeting (preparation – briefing) will take place(admission free of charge) with Randal Kleiser and all those who are interested in participating at the Masterclass, at MCF. The meeting is going to be moderated by the film critic, Giannis Zoumboulakis.

Apart from Grease (1978), he has directed several feature filmslike The Blue Lagoon (1980) with Brooke Shields as leading actress, Summer Lovers (1982) with Daryl Hannah, theGrandview, U.S.A. (1984) with Jamie Lee Curtis, the Flight of the Navigator (1986), in which digital morphing in was used in a film for the first time ever, the Big Top Pee-wee (1988), the White Fang(1991) and the Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992).

In London, Kleiser directed the comedy Getting It Right (1989), with Lynn Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horrocks and Sir John Gielgud in the leading parts. In 1996, he wrote and directedthe It’s My Party with Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Lee Grant, Bruce Davison and Marlee Matlin. As screenwriter – producer is responsible for the surfing film North Shore (1987) of Universal Pictures. He has also directed the thriller Shadow of Doubt (1998) with Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger. Working on 70mm 3-D, he directed the film Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1995) for the Disney amusement parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo and Paris. TheTV shows he directed include The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) with John Travolta as leading actor, the Emmy awarded, The Gathering (1977) and the Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway(1976).

He has taught in graduate workshops at the USC as well as atDirecting Postgraduate Programs to European students in film festivals of Deuville, Sarlat and Malaga. He is a member of the jury for the Scholar awards of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy. He is also President of the Academic Committee for the Directors Guild of America while he has inaugurated a videoconference program aiming to connect film studies with professional directors. In cooperation with the Graphics Lab of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, he has invented a digital procedure entitled Vistatama HD.

Kleiser has been the mastermind for the design as well as the shooting of the film Red Riding Hood (2004/2006). This film has been ground-breaking for digital cinema through a wide use of interactive virtual sets. The film’s premiere took place in 2006 at the 1st International Digital Film Festival in Lisbon.

The Master Class
At the Master Class he will teach in Athens, at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, on Monday, the 20th of February 2012, 13:00 – 17:00, he is going to use as tuition material, his entire filming from the acting instruction by the great American tutor and leading actress in numerous films: Nina Foch, which he has shot in cooperation with George Lucas.

Nina Foch had been teaching from 1960 to her passing in 2005 at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, the legendary, now on, course “Leading an Actor”.

The course by Nina Foch was addressed to directors, actors, screenwriters as well as professionals of the fields (production, editing etc.) while it was based on her study and her cooperation with directors like: Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Wise, Otto Preminger, Blake Edwards, Cecil B. DeMille etc.

The multilevel Master Class by Randal Kleiser is addressed to students and professional directors, actors, authors and screenwriters, moreover to everybody who is interested in being introduced to the fundamental principles of approaching an audience. It is an invaluable tool for anyone who is involved much like in the performing arts, as well as in public speech, the speech addressed in workplaces, school classes, courts or open events.

We are thankful to Vladimiros Kyriakidis and Efi Mouriki for their support to the program as well as their coordination in contacting the artists and the production members from Hollywood.

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