The following is information on our five divisions.
The film and stage production division. This division began in New York City with several full and half staged productions and now moved to their new home are currently in the process of producing the 10 part web-series “Little Toy Soldiers”.
The writing division. This division began shortly before BlakByrd Entertainment and has produced many works including full length and one act plays, feature film scripts as well as shorts, the ten part webseries, “Little Toy Soldiers”, Essays and Articles. The most current and primary tasks being the completion of the book, “A Users Guide 'or' My Semi-fictional Autobiography” and the rewriting of the lost plays in a series of ten.
The crafts division. Predominantly working in the arena of miniatures this division is tasked with creating the sets and pieces for the web-series “Little Toy Soldiers”. Other projects produced are roughly 1/32 scale combat units for tabletop gaming as well as buildings and terrain.
Hole in the Wall Education Studio
This is the training division. This studio is a place to shape the mind and emotional body of the artist. Students will learn, build onto and hone tools and skills needed in this craft.
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For Potential Students
If you stop and consider all of mankind's greatest forms of art, Music, Dance, Acting, Singing, Painting, Sculpting, Martial Arts, and on and on.... you will see, as widely different as some can be to others, all of them have a common denominator. The mastery of them all requires an artist to master their own emotional body. Few are born with that mastery, the rest of us must learn it. Sadly the strength of this school of thought goes mostly unnoticed. As is with discipline, which is a requirement to master any art. If you want to be a great artist, master your emotional body, by doing so you could excel in all art forms. It isn't simply learning that is important but also knowing what arenas to exercise your time learning in. There's no point in wasting time.
As a student, I can't care less if you have talent, talent can be taught. I care that, as a student, you have heart and are willing to learn. Bring me those tools and I will show you how to sculpt an artist out of yourself. We all possess an inner artist, some are born at higher levels than other, most are born at level one. Whatever level a student happens to be at I plan to meet them at that level and carry them forward from there. Anyone can do this and discover, explore and grow new facets and versions of themselves.This is not an easy path by any means, it requires much effort. It is through discipline that one can craft themselves into a master artist. Discipline can be learned, as can anything, everything in life is a learned skill. If one is willing to learn and has heart enough to struggle through the work. The work is the meat. It is understanding, intent, subtext, behavior, the power of a moment, the practices and exercises that evolve an actor from an individual who is reciting lines they might or might not have memorized, into a living, breathing, feeling, wholly manifested Character. This is how you bring life from page to stage as is said. Keep in mind I am not in the business of making movie stars but rather actors, true artists.
I am a Marine and that makes me a no malarkey kind of person but that doesn't mean I am rigid and rule oriented. What I am teaching is an art form and art does not follow rules but rather guidelines.
Hole in the Wall Education Studio
About the Classes
My intent is to bring a different style of teaching to my students than I ever received. I was a Marine before an actor, thus my discipline and analytical logic gives a sharper edge to my creative and artistic nature.
All methods, techniques, and styles will be taught, using no particular order to teach them. In schools one has systems and structures, out in the field they generally don't. During an average career an individual spends eighty to ninety percent of their time in the field, they learn and work as they go. If one doesn't have a system in place to allow themselves to easily catch and categorize all of that random knowledge for later study, then they either lose much of it or the study of it distracts the artist and their work suffers. The means by which I will instruct will build the ability for the student, while the field, not only to give their best performance but to also maximize what they learn, and organize that knowledge for future use.
Scene work, lecture style, and homework will be the core methods of teaching, while still branching off in many directions which will depend on the feel of each individual class. Pen and paper will be required for classes because if you don't think you need to take notes, then I don't think I need to waste my time teaching you anything. Unless of course you have an eidetic memory coupled with the ability to chunk that knowledge into long term storage or are a master of mnemonics. If either case be true, I will test you and if you pass, than you're gold. If not, hit the bricks.
Cost will be $20/class.
Classes will be one hour long, once a week, same time and place, every week.
Attendance is very important. You can get dropped from a class if there is an attendance issue. There are no contracts that commit you to stay in class, but in scene work you have a scene partner and missing class is taking away from their ability to work and learn in a class they too are paying for.
There are no diplomas, trophies, glitter filled recitals or graduations. I have one objective and one objective alone. To use all methods and means I have at my disposal to help each of my students grow as an artist. If there comes a point when I have nothing left to teach a student, I will do my best to point them in the proper direction for the next leg of their journey, as was done with me.
About the Instructor
A first generation American, Julian was born in West Long Branch, NJ and spent the first ten years of his life in Neptune Township before his family moved to the small town of Athens, AL. Upon graduating high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served five years on active duty, the bulk of his time was aboard MCAS Cherry Point, NC attached to the unit MTACS-28, where he was charged with article 15 twice and received roughly 30 page 11's in lieu of medals and ribbons. He would later go on to be honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. After leaving the military he returned to Alabama and with no real direction to go, he returned to the Marines and spent a year with the MRB Kilo 4/14, while also stumbling into the arena of acting in local community theater. Over the course of the first two years of acting, relying on work ethic more so than talent, he accrued near 30 credits in a wide variety of plays, musicals, films, operas and also venturing into improvisation when he was enlisted into the comedy troupe Face2Face Improv. He even won a small role in the SAG feature film “The Novice” during that time.
His success in those first two years in local theater propelled him to move to Manhattan where after moving into a cozy apartment in Hell’s Kitchen he began by taking a six week master class with the LAB Theater. When the class came to an end he joined Testtube Theater Company, which while with Testtube Julian was cast as Andrew Wallace in the play “The Treatment”, produced in lower Manhattan, where he also doubled as the props master. During the course of the play he began writing himself, his first play “The Long Road Home” was fortunate enough to receive a reading also in lower Manhattan. By the time he completed his second play “Two Tablespoons of Crazy” he had gathered up enough knowledge, gained in the Master Class, through his experience in “The Treatment” and in New York in general, that he was ready to try his own hand at it. He produced, promoted, helped in building the detailed set and was cast in as Leandro, and through sheer will “Two Tablespoons of Crazy” ran for a successful limited run in Midtown Manhattan. Afterwards Julian would then return to Alabama once again after being cast as Alex in “Hunger”. It was his first principle role in a SAG film. After the film he spent the next years honing his ability to breakdown scripts and roles, learning how to dissect them and in turn build and well round them. He also turned his attention to rewriting his lost plays and is working on completing his first book titled “A Users Guide, or My Semi-fictional Autobiography” expected to be completed in 2016.