Your ultimate goal is to have your talent’s performance be truthful, and one of the best ways to help them achieve that is to use action verbs instead of adjectives when providing them with direction. This helps your talent do what’s called “being in the moment”—focusing on the details of what is happening right now in the scene.
- Your ultimate goal…is to have your talent's performance be truthful.…And one of the best ways to help them achieve that…is to use action verbs instead of adjectives…when providing them with direction.…This helps your talent do what's called being in the moment,…focusing on the details of what's happening…right now in the scene.…Directing with action verbs…rather than using adjectives…let your characters do things rather than just say things.…Be excited or be disappointed or be sad…makes actors make faces,…not actually experience emotions in the moment.…
When you don't use action verbs,…performances come off as false…and definitely one-dimensional.…Using adjectives just describe the result.…Actors will focus on achieving just the result you want,…that they're sad,…and not being a character that's interesting.…Instead of, let's say, be angry at Bill,…for example, as a direction,…try accuse Bill of cheating on you.…Or you could even use an opposing verb…for a really dramatic effect, like flatter Bill.…
How much more interesting would that be…
- Casting and auditioning actors
- Breaking down scripts and characters
- Directing actors
- Working with non-actors
- Special scenarios
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Casting and Auditioning
2. The Importance of Preparation
4. Directing Techniques
5. Directing and Communication
6. On Set
7. Working with Non-Actors
8. Special Scenarios
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