Shane Abbess – The Madness of Methods Masterclass

Shane Abbess- Director of Gabriel

Several years after his debut feature,‘Gabriel’ became one of the most successful Australian exports of the era, Shane Abbess returns to Sydney in preparation of his next major feature film, and drops into Point Break Drama to discuss a variety of approaches and mental pathways to both the Los Angeles and Sydney Acting scenes.


Based on a variety of experiences with some of Hollywood’s top talent, casting directors, producers & major studios, Shane has an approach to performance that goes above and beyond the convention.


Shane will challenge participants to go beyond their comfort zone, and create performances with grit, edge and honesty. This workshop is not for the faint-hearted and should only be taken by those serious about the study of acting.


Shane was recently listed as one of the top 20 Aussie film directors and Point Break Drama is excited and honoured to have Shane take the workshop.

The workshop is open to Adults & Teens (14+)only,  and will take place on Sat 1st Sept,2012. Strictly limited to 24

To apply for this workshop please Click here and fill out Enrolment form.



Who Is Shane Abbess?

After leaving film school in the mid-nineties, Shane Abbess spent the better part of a decade making short films, commercials and music videos – all with the eye to understanding every aspect of a production whilst developing a distinct and engaging visual style.

Over the years, Shane earned a reputation in his homeland of Australia, for his strong vision that complimented stories with heart and in early 2005 gathered his forces and put it all on the line to make his feature debut. With an upfront cash budget of 200K and a history making sale to Sony Pictures, Gabriel released in Australian cinemas late 2007 before going worldwide the following year.

Gabriel would go on to become one of the most commercially successful independent Australian films of all time, and still holds a current spot in the top ten for all Australian International releases in the past 25 years.

Following this, Shane was quickly snapped up by Hollywood and spent several years developing the projects Dark Crystal 2 for the Jim Henson Company, Source Code with Mark Gordon and Universal, and an adaptation to the hit video game Contra with Konami and Paramount – but it would be the futuristic thriller – The 7th DAY – written by Source Code scribe Ben Ripley and produced by Martha and the late Dino De Laurentiis that would eventually win the day and is currently in pre-production with a shoot set to begin late 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Other projects in active development include Future Perfect with Alex Proyas producing, Mortal Souls with the Sean Daniel Company and Hellbound with Lorenzo De Boneventura.


Click here to view Gabriel Trailer





Please click on links below to learn more about Shane’s accomplishments


WHEN: Sat 1st Sept
To be paid in full with enrolment
LOCATION:Point Break Drama Studios – 28 Fisher Road, Dee Why NSW 2099
(New Life Baptist Church Hall)


 Click here and fill out Enrolment form.