When actors act, if they simply pretend to be a character, then they miss the deep internal processes that create a true acting performance. To create the most believable performances, actors must internalize and feel the emotions of their characters. The most organic performances come from living in the moment of the character and finding scene objectives and scene motivations.
- After casting your film…the next step for actors is to rehearse…and we'll get to that a little later on.…First lets look at exactly what acting is.…People new to theater or film making…often think of acting as just pretending.…But when actors just pretend…it feels like they're pretending.…Actors have to go further…and actually feel what their characters are feeling.…So if their characters feeling angry…actors cant just look like they're angry,…they need to be angry.…This is what leads to the most believable performances.…Really great actors often add imperfections…in their performances and it makes it feel more human.…
This little scene from Ant-Man…is so much more believable because this guy…is totally talking with his mouth full.…It's a little gross maybe, but it feels so natural…that it's easier to believe him.…Or another example from one of the greatest…acting performances of all time,…Meryl Streep in Sophies Choice.…I love how she clears her throat.…Her body language, her perfect accent,…the way she searches for her words in English.…
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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