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New Session April 02

Practical training for professional actors.

2019 Session 3 starts April 02 REGISTER NOW

Increase your confidence and free your creativity while enhancing your understanding of the technical and creative aspects of acting for the camera. In collaboration with veteran screen actor, John B. Lowe, you will exercise your acting skills and develop your technique through scene-work shot on camera. This challenging workshop will provide you with effective tools to craft Active Connected & Truthful performances for film & TV.


This dynamic workshop is designed for UNION (ACTRA & CAEA)  actors who have professional theatre, film and TV credits and want to increase their confidence on set.   Instructor: John B. Lowe

UNION class enrolment now limited to 6
Each session = 5 Afternoons 1:00 to 4:30pm

NEW UNION CLASS on Tuesday Afternoons AOC-WT2
Each session = 5 Tuesday Afternoons 1:00 to 4:30pm

Monday Afternoons 1:00 to 4:30pm
April 08, 15, 29, May 06, 13, 2019 
Class Fees - $265.00 + $13.25 GST = $278.25

Tuesday Afternoons 1:00 to 4:30pm
February 26, April 09, 16, 23, 30, May 07, 2019
Class Fees - $265.00 + $13.25 GST = $278.

ACTING ON CAMERA  – AOC- W3  (Union & Non-union)

This practical workshop class is designed for actors who have completed some training and are pursuing a professional acting career.  Instructor: John B. Lowe

class enrolment limited to 8
Each session = 5 Monday Evenings 6:00 to 9:30pm

Monday Evenings 6:00 to 9:30pm
April 08, 15, 29, May 06, 13, 2019 
Class Fees - $265.00 + $13.25 GST = $278.25

For info or to REGISTER : email – johnb@broccolocreative.com

One Stone At a Time.

One stone at a time. One flower at time.

A man I’ve never met or seen or heard has deeply inspired me as an actor, a teacher and a person. He wasn’t a performer or a writer or an athlete but his work has had a profound effect on me.

A few years ago, I was acting in a play in Chemainus, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Almost everyday, I walked through a lovely area in a forest called the Hermit Trails. I spent many hours enjoying that place of beauty and tranquility. When I learned the story of the man who designed and built the trails, my daily walk became a time for personal reflection and perspective.

The Hermit Trails were named for the elderly reclusive man who created them. He lived alone in the forest and was nicknamed “the hermit”.

The painting that illustrates this post is a mural in Chemainus B.C. painted by Paul Yagurta.  A print hangs on the wall of my office, and provides daily inspiration.

Paul Ygartua's 'The Hermit' mural, Chemainus
Paul Ygartua’s ‘The Hermit’ mural, Chemainus

The hermit was old and stooped and slow, but he worked diligently for many years, and moved hundreds of rocks and stone slabs to create a series of pathways and steps over a few acres of forest, bordered by gardens of wild flowers. Single-handed, with few resources, the hermit created a small forest paradise that’s been enjoyed by thousands of people.

The hermit’s name was Charlie Abbot. Charlie arrived quietly in Chemainus sometime in the 1970’s and lived alone in a makeshift shack in the forest where he created and maintained his environmental masterpiece until he died in 1989 at 87 years old. The Hermit Trails are Charlie’s legacy. Nature provided the raw materials, but Charlie’s labour translated nature’s beauty into eloquent human terms. Charlie was dedicated and determined and his work was deceptively simple. He used crude natural objects to create a mystical place that celebrates nature. Since Charlie’s death, local residents have maintained the Hermit Trails so Charlie’s creation continues to be enjoyed and appreciated.

I don’t know much about Charlie except what’s written here and I like that bit of mystery because Charlie’s work ethic and achievement are what define him for me. I can only guess what motivated Charlie to create this little piece of paradise but I’m sure it wasn’t fortune or fame. Regardless of his background or motivation, Charlie’s work is impressive, joyful and inspiring and has had a profound impact on how I now view my own work.

My daily walks through the remarkable place that Charlie crafted without regard for recognition and remuneration, motivated me to reflect on the value of my own work as an actor, a filmmaker and teacher. While money and accolades are certainly appreciated, they are not the primary goals of most actors or artists. Sure, applause and a paycheque are always welcome but many great artists work with dedication and passion for many years without receiving any tangible rewards but are still considered successful.

The size of an audience doesn’t always reflect the success of a creative endeavour and we can’t measure the value of creativity in financial terms. The real rewards of creativity are the satisfaction of accomplishment, the tangible results of one’s labour, and the joy of sharing creativity with others.

Actors, artists or anyone can accomplish amazing things if they are primarily driven by the simple, honest desire to create excellent work and then work diligently with patience and perseverance to satisfy that desire.

Charlie’s gone. I never met him, but I feel blessed by the joy and inspiration I received from his labour and his creation.

Thanks, Charlie.

I learned a few other things from Charlie;

  • You are your own best resource.
  • Everything you really need is already close at hand.
  • Focus on the task and work hard with patience and perseverance.
  • Place one stone at a time. Plant one flower at time.
  • Simple, honest work can create something beautiful, complex and profound.

A Fly Flew Over Wins Cinematographer Award

A Fly Flew Over 1
A Fly Flew Over 1

Broccolo Creative is proud to announce that the SoLowe Short, A FLY FLEW OVER won the award for Best Cinematographer at the 2014 AIM Mumbai International Short Film Carnival.  This accolade is shared by filmmakers John B. Lowe and Miranda Lowe.

A FLY FLEW OVER is a whimsical short about a chance meeting between a vagabond poet and a fly who becomes both his muse and his audience.

SoLowe Shorts are a series of short films created for Broccolo Creative by filmmaker, John B. Lowe. These whimsical short films are written, directed and (sometimes) performed by John B.  with little or no assistance. However, for  A FLY FLEW OVER, John collaborated with a talented young filmmaker, Miranda Lowe.  Miranda created a believable and lively off-camera character solely through the skillful use of the P.O.V. “Fly Cam”.   Miranda’s contribution was invaluable to the success of this charming short film.

John has just completed shooting the next SoLowe Short, JUST ONE, which is currently in post-production.