An amateur actor or non-actor is commonly found in independent film productions, or on student films. How do you direct non-actors? Amateurs are directed in the same way professional actors are - by trying to elicit a genuine performance. This is done by helping the actors find scene objectives, and giving them objective-oriented direction, while avoiding result-oriented direction.
- Occasionally, you might work with…actors that aren't actors at all.…Maybe you have a celebrity that's making a cameo…in your film, or if you've found a beautiful model…that's trying something new, or maybe you're making…a student film or a film with friends and…so you don't really have any other choice.…You could still get great performances out of non-actors…with the right direction and a little creativity.…Most of my directing experience is actually with non-actors.…Kind of been intimidated by actors with experience…so I made most of my movies with my kids or with models…that I've known through my sister, who's a photographer.…"The Assurance" was really my first experience dealing…with trained and experienced actors.…
Now the most important thing to remember…is that acting is really just creating genuine behavior.…That is what audiences connect to.…When we see someone faking it, we detach emotionally.…So how can you get a believable genuine…performance from a non-actor?…The same way you get it from anyone!…
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 Intermediate
2. Acting (Theory)
3. Acting (Application)
4. Conducting Rehearsals
5. Directing Actors
6. Interview with Eva Jane
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