A few weeks ago, Relativity Sports Athletes got quite the workout—and it wasn’t on a basketball court or football field.
After the huge success of last year’s Relativity Education Workshops with NBA Stars, a new batch of athletes visited our brand new, state-of-the-art Relativity School campus at LA Center Studios. The NBA and NFL Athletes in attendance included Larry Sanders, Mo Harkless, Aaron Jackson, Pat McAfee, Taiwan Jones and Cooper Helfat. Each athlete arrived ready to learn, practice and buff up their acting skills—and that’s exactly what they did (while also having a ridiculous amount of fun).
The schedule for the day was packed, kicking off with a series of warm-up exercises led by Improv coach, Katie Northlich. At first, the players showed some hesitation after she asked them to stand up, jump into a circle, drum their hands on their legs and start shouting a series of random words and phrases - but after a just a few seconds, the entire group was shouting and laughing like a group of kindergardeners. It was magic.
The athletes then got a good dose of screen acting and film theory, taught by Relativity Instructor Lee Michael Cohn. After covering some of the essentials of screen-acting, Cohn brought players into the “hot seat” where they each performed a short, improvised monologue for the camera. After each shot, Cohn made adjustments and suggestions to the players, including tips for opening up to the camera, finding motivation and capturing an audience with subtlety. Whether it comes from their experience listening to coaches or natural acting abilities, every single player took direction like a pro. #WatchOutHollywood
After more improv games and a delicious lunch in the Los Angeles Center Studios rotunda, the players put their newly acquired acting chops to the test in front of the massive RS1 Green Screen. Getting a complete feel of the moviemaking process, the athletes knocked out their close-ups, coverage and characters like Hollywood regulars.
It was a fantastic day of learning and laughing and we’re looking forward the the next Relativity Sports-Education collaboration!