As actors endeavor to obtain the scene objectives for their characters, they can add variation to their method for obtaining their objectives by adjusting the action verb they use. Action verbs describe actor motivation and are great tools for directors directing acting performances. As actors alter their action verbs in a scene, it forces their scene partners to change their reactions as well.
- One common acting technique is to choose an action verb.…An action verb allows the actor to be more specific…about how they got about achieving their scene objective.…So, if you had the line, hey, get out of here,…you could use the action verb, to demand,…hey, get out of here.…Or if you use the action verb, to tease,…hey, get out of here.…Or, with the action verb, to plead, hey, get out of here.…Same words, different action verb.…Using action verbs is a blast because you can always play…a scene in a different way using a different verb.…And if scene partners are listening to each other,…they'll have to respond with a different action verb.…
So, this helps actors stay engaged…and deliver organic performances.…We saw in the last chapter…how Jimmy Stewart changed action verbs in that scene…in Hitchcock's Rear Window.…Let's look at another example.…This is one of my all time favorite scenes.…It's from the movie, Phoebe in Wonderland.…Here, Felicity Huffman's character is a mother…to a daughter with some behavioral challenges.…
Learn about finding and auditioning actors for different roles and get a deep dive into the theory of acting: being vs. pretending, understanding character motivation, and interpreting the script. From theory, we segue into application, with some acting exercises to keep actors focused and in the zone. Chad also touches on the importance of rehearsals, and provides tips for directing actors on set and getting great voiceover in post. The course closes with an interview with Eva Jane, the lead in The Assurance, and her thoughts on getting into character and working with directors.
- Finding actors
- Conducting and evaluating auditions
- Exploring acting methods
- Practicing with acting exercises
- Conducting rehearsals
- Directing actors
Skill Level Appropriate for all
2. Acting (Theory)
3. Acting (Application)
4. Conducting Rehearsals
5. Directing Actors
6. Interview with Eva Jane
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