In preparing to perform a scene, actors should warm up their bodies and mouths prior to being on set or on stage. Acting warm ups for the body typically include standard muscle stretches. Warming up the mouth includes oral exercises and tongue twisters. These exercises help improve diction, and help the actor feel more in tune with their bodies.
- In this chapter, we're going to look at the…mechanics of how to act.…They say that the body is the instrument that actors play.…So before acting, it's important to be warmed up.…When you're acting, your body…needs to be responsive and alert.…And warming up is a necessary step to getting there.…To me, warm-ups for actors are really in two categories,…warming up the body and warming up the voice.…Warming up the body usually just consists…of standard stretches, like if you were warming up…the body for any type of physical activity.…You're just telling your body,…"Hey, we're about to do stuff here,…"so be ready for it."…The other type of warming up…consists of warming up the voice.…
This is important because we usually talk…much lazier than we realize.…In everyday conversation, you know, we slur words together…and we mumble more than we like to admit,…so before acting, or even before recording this training,…I do tongue twisters to invigorate the muscles of the mouth.…I like the old classics, like,…you know New York, you need New York,…
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
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2. Acting (Theory)
3. Acting (Application)
4. Conducting Rehearsals
5. Directing Actors
6. Interview with Eva Jane
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