Actors in Police Roles
We work closely with the principle actors, to finely tune their performances and background artistes to ensure realism in their scenes. Police firearms scenes, Police surveillance and performing searches are just a few of the areas we work closely with artistes to ensure they understand their roles and look professional on screen.
Dependant upon the needs of the individual or group, We will enhance their understanding of a particular rank, role or unit (CID, Uniform Team, Territorial Support Group, etc), utilising scene work and improvisation.
Our cast workshops encourage interaction by the attendees, enhancing their understanding and clarity of future roles. More importantly, these workshops allow for a greater number of cast members to benefit from the activity as a group prior to filming; this reduces cost and improves the performance. The cast will undertake team building and improvisation exercises to work as a group and enhance each individual’s understanding of their particular role.We offer a unique opportunity for actors cast in police roles to undertake one to one coaching or group workshop sessions that detail police activity in any rank or role.
“I had the pleasure of working with Malcolm on U BE DEAD and we became friends; since then whenever I have played a copper I have gone to him for invaluable advice on the intricacies of police procedure. Given the fact that the rules and regulations of policing are changing all the time it’s essential to have someone who knows all about modern policing first-hand to advise you. Also, I found it essential to have someone to highlight the differences between the ‘official’ lines of enquiry and the way coppers ‘actually’ go about their work.”
“I couldn’t have met two more helpful and experienced ex-professionals to assist me attempting to add that all-important believability to my work. Our conversation went well beyond the technical aspects but into the psychology of the character and to a wealth of detail that I was able to add into the work. They understand exactly how an actor needs to approach a police role, straddling the line between reality and performance. Their knowledge is second to none, but equal to that is their passion for the actor to make our portrayal as convincing and as representative as is possible. Spending time with them was a huge learning experience and thoroughly helped me get my characterisation to where I needed it to be. I cannot thank Malcolm and Paul enough for sharing their experiences with me and I hope I have the pleasure of their assistance and their company on future projects.”
“We were so lucky on Bancroft to have the expertise of Malcolm and his team from Cops on Film & TV. As an actor it’s vital to find a flavour, a moment of truth or even just some vital facts about what happens logistically when portraying a police officer. Malcolm was always on hand for all of us and I’m so grateful. His advice was invaluable, succinct and detailed. He was just a brilliant presence to have around on set. Thank you so much.”
I worked with Malcolm on The Bay, and the time I spent with him and his associate was just invaluable to building a character and feeling confident -not just with procedure, but with the tone of communications with families and colleagues. I learned so much from them that wasn’t on the page, and that fed into my performance every single day. Malcolm was also always just a call or text or email away if I had a question or concern -and that direct line with the authenticity of what I was trying to do was just so important for me in terms of keeping it all grounded in the reality of the job. Can’t wait to work with him again!