Often in pre-production, film productions will hold a table read, which is an event in which actors will gather around a table and read the entire screenplay aloud together. This is a great opportunity for writers to hear their dialog read out loud by actors, a great chance to see acting chemistry between actors, and for productions to get a better feel for their film before production.
- Kind of related to the rehearsal is the table read.…A table read is where actors come together,…usually at a long table, hence the name,…and read straight through the script, from start to finish.…This footage is from a table read of a script…by Assurance Behind the Scenes producer Elijah Teagues,…with parts being read by Assurance alumni.…Typically, on short films, table reads are done…at the end of the writing phase of the process…so that writers can hear actors verbalize their dialogue.…But sometimes productions will hold an informal table read…with actors that they might be thinking of…for a particular role,…and it could kind of become like an audition of sorts,…or if the actors are already cast,…it could be an opportunity for the actors…to play with different choices in a more casual atmosphere.…
This might also be a great time to allow actors…to improvise a little, see if the actors don't come up…with some great lines that should be…added to the script before production.…So, while not technically a rehearsal per se,…
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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