Planet of the Apes | Aleks Paunovic

New Image College had the pleasure of welcoming award-winning actor/producer Aleks Paunovic for one of its awesome NIC Talks!

Aleks hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is the son of a father of Serbian descent, and a mother with Croatian ancestry. The result of this remarkable blend of bloodlines is the 6\’5\” ruggedly handsome actor appearing on screens around the world at a rapidly escalating rate. He began acting at 16 as a player in a heavy metal band that eventually found his way into his first role in the 1994 TV movie Heads. 

As one of the most recognizable actors in the Vancouver film industry, Paunovic has developed a steady and impressive career; amassing over 126 separate acting credits among which he is best known for his roles in War for the Planet of the Apes and several more recent iconic series such as Snowpiercer, Van Helsing, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The 100, Continuum, iZombie, etc, granting him a wealth of experience to share with acting students such as those taking part in our Film Acting Conservatory!

Aleks shared stories about what it’s like to work with actors like Anthony Hopkins and Andy Serkis. He also shared his secrets for motion-capture acting. He spent two hours answering questions ranging from what it’s like to audition for big movies like War for the Planet of the Apes, to what it’s like to be a series regular, what’s expected of you as an actor, what are the first steps you take when you’re finally cast, how to stay sharp as an actor, what the actor\’s job is during an audition, what it means and how it is to be a physical actor with the motion capture camera right in front of you along with the challenges that this presents. He regaled us with stories of what it’s like to work with a great motion capture actor like Andy Serkis, all about how he got his start in the industry, and so much more.

He was very present and attentive of New Image College’s young actors in training. He shared his secrets to success, and we very much thank Aleks for his kindness and generosity. In the truest form of a genuine actor, he’s inspired us all. It’s thanks to wonderful and charismatic actors like Aleks that our students can gain the knowledge and skills they need in order for us to claim, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that our graduates work! At NIC we are here to give you the #1 Educational Experience.

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