In order for actors to deliver the best and most believable performances, their behaviors must be motivated. So actors must collaborate with directors to ensure that each action and line of dialog has the proper motivation so that actors can play the scene well. When actors perform a scene without motivated behavior, the performances tend to feel disingenuous and artificial.
- People do everything they do for a reason.…The way we talk, our body language,…when we move, how we move.…None of these things just happen.…They're all motivated by some purpose,…big or small, conscious or subconscious.…So when acting, it's important for actors to understand…why they are doing and setting the things that they are.…This is referred to as their motivation.…Frequently, actors will discuss their motivation…with the directors, so they know how to perform this scene.…And what are the most important tasks for…both actors and directors,…is to examine the script to figure out the…character motivations for all actions and dialogue.…
Now this is tough work…and it sometimes feels a little academic.…But in a well-written script,…this process can reveal a lot about…who a character really is and why they do what they do.…In the beginning of The Assurance,…Korda'a says this:…- [Voiceover] It's so hard to believe.…(solemn music)…I keep dreaming that she's here with me.…And we can go home.…- Now why would she say that?…
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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