Film scenes that contain elements with strong emotions tend to be more difficult to direct, and can be a challenge for the actors. In this video tutorial, examples are given from The Assurance short film, showing how an actor's performance in an emotionally charged scene was improved take after take.
- Acting and directing are already tough jobs.…But for emotionally charged scenes, both actors…and directors need to step up their game…in order to deliver a powerful and believable scene.…We had a couple emotionally charged scenes,…most notably the good-bye scene…where Ta'ani leaves Korda'a in the wilderness.…In the shooting version of the film, Ta'ani saw…some villains in the distance that were searching…for our heroes, and Ta'ani had to rush the good-bye…so that she could distract those bad guys away from Korda'a.…I think there are good moments in this scene,…but I think we all could have done a little better.…
Later in this chapter when we look at directing child actors…we'll talk about the eye-opening experience…I had about Natty's performance here.…So for now let's focus on Eva's performance.…I wish I would have given her more time and more takes.…Her performance got better with each take.…- Korda'a, you are the assurance.…You can save us all, it was always you.…Korda'a, you are the assurance.…You can save us all, it was always you.…
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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