This tutorial examines how to breakdown a script for actors, and discover the spine of the character. Finding the character's overall story objective can help actors understand their character's individual scene objectives. Because the screenplay is the basis for all decisions about character, tips are given in this tutorial for how to perform a character based on the script.
- All of the choices actors make…are based on what is in the script.…Writers, actors, and directors all understand…that what we see on the page…is really just a small fraction of these character's lives.…So, actors usually benefit from putting those pieces…in the script together,…and then filling in the holes…in order to get a more complete idea…of who a character is.…So, how do you do that?…Everyone has a different approach to breaking down a script.…For me, as an actor,…I like to read the entire script a few times,…start to finish.…My comprehension isn't as good as most people's,…so I like to make sure that I understand…the overall big picture…and how my character fits into the story.…
I also learned a great trick from Eva Jane,…the actress who plays Hope Ta'ani in The Assurance.…When we worked together on my short film,…When Harry Made Sally,…she taught me about how she approaches roles.…She'll, of course, talk in more detail…about her process later on in this course…when we look at her interview,…but essentially, she told me that she looks…
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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