The On-Set Experience

Gain Reel footage with hands-on film making...

Designed with the trained actor in mind, this class bridges the gap between education and experience by giving students the tools to produce, write, direct, and act in their own short film! 

The GOAL of The On Set Experience is to provide actors with 80+ hours of instruction and hands-on filmmaking in order to increase their confidence on set, build their reels, and appreciate the collaborative nature of the film industry.

About The On-Set Experience

So, you’ve taken the classes, you’ve read the books, and you’re ready to get on set! The only problem: you’ve never actually been on a movie set before! There’s people doing a million different jobs, there’s lingo you don’t understand, and there’s that phrase everyone is throwing around: “Hurry up and wait!” What does that even mean?

This class is designed to help the trained actor that is lacking in industry experience. In the first session, students learn about the essential roles on set and how to conduct themselves as working actors. In the second session, students take a spin BEHIND the camera as they work together to create, shoot, and perform in their own short film. 

Make REAL films! Gain REEL footage!

More about the classes:

In this class, students will...

  • Create their own original short film, resulting in at least one clip per actor for use in their reel
  • Follow the creation of a film from pre-production to post-production
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about the role of the producer, director, writer, cinematographer, and editor in the filmmaking process
  • Work outside of class on designated “filming weekends” in a prominent on-set role (under guidance of their coach) to gain hands on experience

A Note on Class Structure: This class will be co-taught by industry professionals Leah Merritt and Adam Breazeale. As such, the class will often be split by age group for lessons, but come together for the filmmaking portions. By doing so, actors learn not only how to collaborate with a range of ages on set, but also have a wide variety of actors to use in their short film!

Who is right for this class?

  • Students that want to explore production roles, such as screenwriting or directing, are welcome to take this class

  • Actors that want to create or build on their demo reel

  • Creatives that want to explore the filmmaking process, both in front of and behind the camera


Students must be at least 11 years old and have taken at least one year of film-based acting training.

Due to the collaborative nature of this class, we require students to sign a contract agreeing to complete the entire 8 months of class. 

Check out, “The Interrogation”, a short film directed by Adam Breazeale and Leah Merritt.



Adam is an actor and filmmaker who has grown up here in Georgia. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of…


Leah is a TAS alum turned coach! Born in Mississippi but raised in Memphis, TN, Leah first fell in love with performing through a…

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