An actor’s responsibility is to bring the text of a script to life, and another great way to do that is to look between the lines written to the dialogue’s subtext. In this video, author Kelley Slagle explains what subtext is and how to work with an actor to find the character’s subtext behind the dialog.
- An actor's responsibility is to bring…the text of a script to life.…And another great way to do that…is to look between the lines written…to the dialogue's subtext.…Subtext is defined as any content…which is not announced explicitly by the characters…or the author, but it's implicit…or becomes something understood…by the observer of the production.…So basically, text is the dialogue that is written.…Subtext is what's going on in the character's mind,…it's their inner dialogue.…It's not what you say, but how you say it.…
The reason subtext is so important is that drama…is created from the conflict of thought versus action.…Subtext, seeing their inner dialogue,…what they're really thinking,…creates a conflict internally…with what they're doing externally…and conflict is very useful.…You want to take time to work out with your actors…what's really happening in a scene…over and above their dialogue.…Take a few minutes to look up the balcony scene…from Woody Allen's movie, Annie Hall.…
You can find it on YouTube at the URL listed.…
- Casting and auditioning actors
- Breaking down scripts and characters
- Directing actors
- Working with non-actors
- Special scenarios
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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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