Listening is an essential attribute of actors. Actors listen when they honestly hear and react in the moment. Actors must listen to their scene partners, instead of preparing reactions and rehearsed inflections and sticking to those. Being open and listening to scene partners creates the most genuine and organic responses and performances between actors.
- I've mentioned here and there…about actors listening to each other.…What does that mean?…Well, sometimes actors practice and rehearse so much…while they're learning their lines…that they know ahead of time…how they're going to say each line.…No matter how their scene partner changes their action verb,…they're set in their ways.…Now, this results in stiff performances…that feel artificial.…In order for there to be true emotion,…actors must engage with and respond to…the other actors in the scene.…When I acted in my film "Empathy for the Devil",…with Hope Shanthi,…she mentioned in between takes of our fight scene…that she wasn't listening.…
That comment made me realize…that I wasn't listening either, like at all. (laughs)…Once we listened to each other,…we stopped being two actors exchanging monologues…and became two actors that had genuine responses…to each other because we were listening.…When I directed the first scene…on the first big day of The Assurance,…I noticed that something wasn't working,…but I couldn't put my finger on it,…
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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