How do you evaluate actors auditioning for a role in your film? Tips for evaluating acting performances are included in this video tutorial about casting actors for independent films. Also, a look at one dimensional characters, two dimensional characters, and three dimensional characters, and the role that contradiction plays in adding humanity to an acting performance.
- When an actor comes in to audition,…how do you know what's a good performance and what isn't?…I'm sure every director is different,…but for me, I'm looking for four main things,…and that's what we're going to cover in this tutorial.…The most important thing for me is,…the audition needs to get me to feel something.…If I don't believe the actor or…if I'm not stirred emotionally while they're performing,…then I can probably assume that…I won't feel anything on set or in the edit.…The next thing I'm looking for is an actor's…ability to play a three dimensional character.…
Now, that phrase is tossed around a lot in the film world,…but what exactly is a three dimensional character?…Well, let's first back up and…look at a one dimensional character.…These are characters that really don't have…anything to them, so, in The Assurance,…the Sick Boy is a one dimensional character.…Many of the extras that were just listening…without emotion in the council scene…were one dimensional characters.…We know them by their function in the story.…
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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