Film directors can direct actors using many different styles. But there are some standards that tend to make some directors more successful at fostering relationships with actors and pulling great performances out of them. Some directors are more aggressive with actors, while some are more soft. Regardless of directing style, it's important to support your cast.
- In this chapter, we're going to look…at how to direct actors.…But it's impossible to talk about…directing acting performances…without mentioning how to be the type of person…that can direct a set well,…so that's what we're going to look at first…in this tutorial.…First, why do actors even need a director?…What if they're really good actors…and totally know what they're doing?…They still need a director…because in order for actors…to deliver a powerful, genuine performance,…they need to live as the character for those moments.…If they have to mentally step out of that moment…to evaluate their own performance,…then they can't completely commit to the scene.…
Actors need to perform the scene…and only perform the scene.…Someone else needs to be brought in…to evaluate that performance,…so that what they are feeling is coming across…in the way they intended,…and so that the emotional levels are consistent…from shot to shot within a scene.…That evaluator, of course, is the director.…Obviously, there are no set rules on how to direct well.…
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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