When directing actors on a film set, directors must remember to support their talent, regardless of their directing style. This includes giving the cast breaks, including non-meal breaks. This also means listening to the actors, and giving them a say in their characters and blocking. This also means directing them using the acting method they prefer to use.
- Regardless of your approach to directing actors,…it's important to understand that actors…need to be supported in order to feel safe enough…to deliver a genuine performance.…In the last movie I mentioned…how I'm more of the soft sensitive type,…especially with actors,…and more especially with less experienced actors,…or child actors.…But being supportive goes beyond your personal…directing style, and refers more to avoiding things…that takes actors out of the moment.…For example, I didn't plan…for the freezing cold weather we had.…This was a producing blunder on my part,…but it also made things really tough on the actors.…
It was tough for the to focus on the performance…because of the conditions that I put them in.…In addition to directing and producing,…I also got stuck being Director of Photography,…which means that my attention was split…in a million different ways.…At the time, I thought I was doing a pretty good job…at that balancing act.…But after talking to cast and crew later on,…it turns out I didn't do as well as I thought I did.…
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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