How To Slip Seamlessly
Into The Mind Of The Character And
If you want to learn how to enter into the mind of the character and completely inhabit their world and transform, then my Étude Xpress is what you have been looking for.
Here’s the story:
I remember the exact moment when I wanted to become an actor who could create deep and profound work.
I was seventeen years old and sitting on my mum and dad’s sofa at home watching Jack Nicholson in The Shining. To say I was blown away by his authenticity, emotional depth, believability and range of expression is an understatement. If you have ever seen the film, you will know what I mean.
I knew even then that I wasn’t watching run-of-the-mill acting. It was serious method acting of the highest standard.
It was at that moment I decided to dedicate my life to the pursuit of acting excellence.
I know it might sound a bit trite, but it’s true, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you have had an epiphany moment like this too, many aspiring actors do.
Soon after watching Jack, I decided to study the approach he did when he started out, which was Lee Strasberg’s Method. It’s fair to say that I immersed myself in this approach for decades and have taught hundreds of actors this technique since I started teaching back in 2006. Then in 2012…
I Saw A Production So Arresting
That It Transformed My Understanding Of Acting
I went to see the Moscow based Vakhtangov Theatre Company perform Uncle Vanya and it was the best thing I have ever seen performed on a stage. They were using a heightened form of method acting called Fantastic Realism which was invented by Eugene Vakhtangov back in the 1920s. It was like method acting but on steroids.
If you are looking for a modern-day reference then take a look at Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, or Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York or Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada or Al Pacino in Scarface, and you will get the idea.
I started to research and study the work of the Vakhtangov, and as it turns out, he was a significant influence on the creator of modern method acting Lee Strasberg. Vakhtagov was like the precursor to Lee. This also led me to the work of Nikolai Demidov (a colleague of Vakhantgov) whose work was entirely suppressed by the Russian government until recently.
The upshot was that I spent a lot of time in Russia studying all this which I then brought back to the UK and taught to my students…
The Results Of Which Have Been Outstanding!
I found that I could get students to quickly access their unconscious mind and completely enter into the mind of the character.
It also meant that I was no longer purely teaching Lee Strasberg’s approach but a combination of Strasberg, Vakhtangov, Demidov and my own inventions. That’s why I have named it Timoney Method. It’s a one of a kind method approach only taught at my studio.
The first step in the approach is being able to deliver unconscious acting. I can’t tell you how important this is. It’s the foundation upon which all high-quality acting rests, and unfortunately many don’t actors don’t understand how to do this at will and consistently.
The heightened work I referred to earlier delivered by Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and the Vakhtangov Theatre Company is simply impossible without first being able to act at a subtle, confessionally sincere, unconscious level first.
Most actors don’t know how to do this. If they do manage to achieve it, it’s usually a fluke, and they don’t know how to recreate it.
Many actors think and perform at a conscious level. They think about what the character needs, how they will perform scenes and learn lines in the way they expect to play them.
This Is A Big Mistake And Leads To Cringe-Worthy Indicational Acting,
The Lowest Form Of Acting
That’s why the main focuses of this five-day intensive is teaching you how to unconsciously enter the mind of the character and ONLY experience their thoughts and express yourself authentically as them.
It’s a lofty aim but one that I am firmly committed to and believe we can achieve in the five days.
The main device to achieve this is études. These are scripts specifically written and designed to allow you to develop all the major skills required to act at the highest levels. Études are a full and comprehensive workout for the actor. The étude work is complemented with other vital Timoney Method exercises designed to enhance and build the overall capability of your acting instrument.
On Étude Xpress you will learn:
- A step-by-step character creation technique
- How to enter into the eyes of the character
- How to Green Light your physical impulses creating spontaneous reactions
- How to emboss your Soul Print onto the character
- A technique that allows you to Give In to character creation rather than struggling to establish them
- A process to create complex multi-layered character thoughts
- How to establish dependable and consistent in the moment acting
- Create an alert presence on stage or on set that allows you to see, hear and feel at a heightened level making authentic response much easier
- A psychological way of using your breath that allows you to deepen your relationship with people and even inanimate objects
- A hundred-year-old Russian movement process called Plastiques which enable your mind, body and emotions to flow freely
- An immersive Character Creation Box that will allow you to access your unconscious mind and live in the character’s world
- How to access authentic emotion on demand through two different acting processes
- A process developed by the legendary creator of modern method acting, Lee Strasberg, to overcome stage fight and nerves
- A full body Psychological Gesture process that will become a shorthand way of accessing the character at a profound level
- How your changing your clothes can have a profound effect on character transformation
- The key to overcoming two critical, creative thresholds that can destroy your acting
…and much more.
The results I have been achieving from this way of working have been nothing short of amazing.
But Before You Get too Excited
Let Me Tell You Who Is NOT Invited
This course is designed for serious beginners or those who have done some training before and want to retrain in this technique. It’s fine if you are at the start of your acting journey but you need to be into acting in a big way.
That means it is NOT for:
- Flakes, wannabes and fame hunters
- Those who know nothing about acting whatsoever. (If you are a serious beginner you will have looked into acting, perhaps read a book or two on the subject or perhaps attended a class here or there, been to the theatre and have some sort of basic idea about acting.)
- Those who like famous indicational actors (list available on request) who are as fake as a politicians promises
- Those who can’t name at least two method actors of note. (I’ve mentioned more than that on this page so if you can’t name two this course is not for you.)
- Lazy people
- Complainers and moaners
- Passive-aggressive types
- Those who think they know it all
If any of the above resonates with you, then this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you don’t identify with any of the above and you are a ‘serious beginner’ or someone who wants to re-train then I would invite you to apply.
This Is A Small And Exclusive Group Limited To 10
Which Has A Non-Negotiable Requirement
In order to be considered for this course, you must have completed my online Lockdown Acting Intensive course. This is a non-negotiable requirement. By completing this course first you will have important knowledge that is required in order to complete the Étude Xpress. Please note that completing the Lockdown Acting Intensive is no guarantee of being chosen for the Étude Xpress, as there is still an application process to go through. I only take 10 people onto this course and I’m very selective.
Here are the details:
You can complete the Étude Xpress once or re-attend multiple times throughout the year.
I teach you at the level they are at and progress you each time.
19 – 23 April, 2021
12 – 16 July, 2021
18 – 22 October, 2021
17 – 21 January, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6 EU.
Here is the process:
Step One – Complete our online application form.
Step Two – I review your application and either decline the application or invite you to a Skype interview.
Step Three – I make a decision and notify you.
£100 Application Fee – This is fully refunded if we do not accept you onto the course. If we do take you, then it goes towards your full fee.
If after being offered a place you decline, then the application fee is NOT refundable if it is outside the 14 days cooling-off period or if you have attended the interview before the cooling-off period ended.
Also, if we offer you a place and you decline our offer you will not be able to apply for any of our courses in the future, so please be sure before applying. I know this may sound harsh, but it’s necessary to ensure that only those who are genuinely committed apply.
£1000 Final Balance Payment (One Five Day Intensive) – This is due 48 hours after a successful interview.
Please make sure that you have your finances in order BEFORE applying.
Failure to complete this payment within the 48 hours time frame would mean that you would lose your place and there would be no refund of your application fee and you would not be able to apply for any of our courses in the future.
Total £1,100 (One Five Day Intensive)
To process your application, we require you to pay your £100 application fee on the next page, but please make sure you have read the above carefully before committing.
Here Are What Students Of Étude Xpress Have To Say…
If you have completed one of Brian’s Lockdown Acting Intensives and want to take your learning to the next level then you should apply for the Étude Xpress.
I had completed a number of Brian’s Lockdown Intensives before the opportunity arose to apply for the Étude Xpress. And quite honestly it was the best decision I made. Putting into practice some of the techniques learnt during the Zoom sessions, having others in the room and being able to interact with them, react to them, and experience them helped me solidify what I had been leaning and improve on it.
Things that may seem simple and foundational are not overlooked because they are as important as any other aspect. And Brian knows that. His knowledge is second to none and I would take every opportunity I could to learn more from him. Now I can’t wait to take my learning even further and take his Ultimate Acting Programme.”
Every course I have done with Brian ‘The Master ‘ Timoney, I have wanted to do again straight away, this one was no different. Doing etude express was such an exciting five days for me. After lockdown it was good to be with other actors in person and to be guided and taught by Brian – focusing on études.Études are one of my favourite acting exercises which teach you not to hide behind the idea of how a scene should be, but, rather, learn to trust and follow the actions of that scene.
From doing the etudes and with Brian’s guidance you learn the basic building blocks on which all of your future work will be built on. He guides you and teaches you in such a positive engaging way.
Practising etudes are an essential process of the method – and Brian has all the knowledge and experience to correct you and lead you down the right path to become a better actor.
Your spontaneity and emotional response is developed along with your readiness to surrender to the given circumstances
I learnt so much in a short space of time and left with a good foundation of knowledge on how to better myself as an artist – thanks to Brian.
I couldn’t recommend this course enough. If you are serious about acting you need to do this course- it will improve your acting ability, to be more natural, more believable and importantly, be more present.”
The Étude Xpress course was genuinely one of the best experiences of my life. At the start of the 5 days I was terrified to get up and work but by the end of the week, or even the end of the first day, I was praying Brian would call me to go up. The course allowed me to build my confidence, my creativity and to nurture my imagination, all while being in the presence of like-minded people who I can now call friends. In doing the course I feel as though I’ve planted a ‘seed’ which was, and still is, fundamental in the growth of my acting journey thus far as well as in the future. Thank you Brian for making me fall back in love with acting and making me feel like the stage is my home.”Bethany Sewall
I cannot wait for the next one and for many, many more after. This is a course that you will never regret.”Shane Jupp