During acting rehearsals, it's important for directors to allow the cast to be more open and loose, and to allow them to make mistakes; to push too hard, or be too gentle; to try a variety of alternate ways to play a scene. Allowing mistakes while rehearsing allows actors to explore options and be more creative with the performance of the character.
- If you do decide to hold rehearsals,…I really recommend creating an atmosphere…where mistakes are allowed.…This is one of the few things I think I did well…when it came to the acting in The Assurance.…Generally, during The Assurance, I micromanaged too much.…I didn't give the cast or the crew enough freedom…to take ownership in this project.…But during the rehearsals, I didn't make any corrections.…I just kind of let things evolve organically.…I think that was the right call.…For this particular project, I felt it was important…to stick to the script, generally.…
So when the actors said something incorrectly,…my initial gut reaction was to correct it…but thankfully, I held my tongue.…This allowed the actors to feel out the characters,…and to feel out the other actors.…One of the biggest emotional reactions…in the version of the film that we shot…was when Andrew Trivallini's character, Marcolen,…repeated the line, "What do you see?"…- What do you see?…- Uh, the assura-…- What do you see?…- Earlier in the rehearsal, I wanted to see more dynamics…
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 Intermediate
2. Acting (Theory)
3. Acting (Application)
4. Conducting Rehearsals
5. Directing Actors
6. Interview with Eva Jane
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