What Actors & Directors Should Keep In Mind When Creating Heroic Characters On Camera

The first character ever created was a hero. The first story ever told was the story of a hero’s journey. The main reason audiences have been watching and reading stories ever since is because the hero’s story is the story we all imagine we are living. It is the story we dream. What all heroic characters have in common is a mission to save. Even independent dramas about characters struggling to relate are peopled with every day, emotionally flawed heroic characters trying to save someone or something. It is their overriding characteristic. It dictates how every moment in every scene
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Do’s & Don’ts Of Moving On Camera

Actors ask “What’s my frame” or “What’s my framing?” because they want to know how much room they have to move in the film frame. The answer to the question is “Why would you want to move?” You’re not going to move any more in the wide shot than you are in the medium shot or else the shots won’t cut together. If you have to move on camera, move back and forth and not side to side. Side to side movement makes an actor look less experienced because side to side movement is harder to edit. Back and forth
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How To Get A Laugh Everytime

Most actors aren’t funny. They would like to be funny. They would like to do comedy. They’ll play a scene as if it’s funny, and they’ll deliver their lines as if they’re funny but they don’t come across funny. They come across as actors trying hard to be funny. Try this. It’s quick, painless and, if done right, pretty much guarantees you’ll create comedy and get a laugh. Take a scene and ask yourself what are the sentiments your character’s words are expressing to the other character. Are your character’s words expressing anger toward the other character? Are your character’s
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Rehearsing Is A Dangerous Idea On Camera

Directors and casting directors can tell if an actor’s self-tape audition took the actor a couple of takes or many. The way they can tell is whether the scene and the actor look well rehearsed. Rehearsing for camera is dangerous because it’s very difficult for the well rehearsed actor to fool the camera into thinking something spontaneous is happening. We’ve all heard the phrase “You can’t lie to the camera”. Over-rehearsing can also be problematic on set. Actors tend to think about scenes as a whole instead of a collection of pieces. Filmmaking is the process of creating pieces which
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How To Be Unforgettable When Acting In A Drama

Actors love to cry. They also love to play anger but if they can create genuine tears, that’s the holy grail. It’s a right of passage. It means they’re a real actor. An actor shedding tears, however, is usually the least effective way to make an audience shed them. What will? When your character’s involved in an argument, don’t argue against the character with whom you have a relationship, argue for the relationship you have with the other character. The character that struggles to achieve something positive while engaged in a conflict scene is the character that makes the camera
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3 Things Writers Wish Actors Knew About Writing

Actors, on the whole, are the most loyal members of the film business. They’re probably too loyal for their own good and definitely more loyal than the rest of us often deserve. They are especially loyal to writers. They give writers the benefit doubt even when they have a feeling a writer hasn’t written something very good. Actors assume writers know best when everyone else in the business assumes they don’t. If actors knew what writers know about writing, they might not be so loyal, and that would be just fine with writers and the film camera. Actors assume everything
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