Monthly Archives March 2016

Why Actors Shouldn’t Take Care Of Their Characters

An actor and her character go to couples counseling and the therapist says, “Tell me why you’re here.” And the character says, “I don’t feel like I’m getting my needs met. No matter how hard I try to be the kind of human being audiences can relate to, she wants to use me to teach them a lesson. And she’s always projecting her own prejudices onto me, instead of accepting me for who I am. I feel like I don’t exist anymore.” The therapist turns to the actor and says, “And how do you feel about what your character is
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How To Make The Camera Care About Your Character

The script creates the plot and the actor creates the story. In other words the script creates the “what” and the actor creates the “why.” And the “why” is the character’s story. And the character’s story is not the same as the overall story. As a matter of fact the overall story spends the entire movie trying to talk the character out of his or her own story. It’s not the actor’s job to create the overall story. It’s the actor’s job to create his or her character’s story and then fight like hell to make sure the overall story
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Why Film Acting Is A Lonely Art

There is a place in the universe not for the feint of heart. It is a place where you must be completely vulnerable without ever expecting a hug. It is a place where you make earth shattering discoveries you will never be able to share. It is a place where you face the limitations of being human in the face of another’s pain. That place is the film frame. The film frame is a lonely place. The theatre stage is a communal place. The success of a theatrical production depends on the shared experience the actors have with each other
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