If characters easily get their scene objectives, there will be no conflict, and no drama, and the story will fall flat and become boring to the audience. It's important that if the screenwriter did not add conflict to the script, that actors create conflict for a scene on their own, in conjunction with the director. Actors need scene obstacles to demonstrate passion and intensity to the viewers.
- Drama is created by conflict.…If actors have motivations and then just get…whatever they're going after,…then there's no drama and no story.…So actors also need obstacles.…Something that gets in the way of their pursuit…of what they want.…And when characters encounter obstacles,…they must try varying approaches.…In Saving Mr. Banks, Walt Disney is trying…to get the rights to make Mary Poppins…from her creator, Pamela Travers.…Mrs. Travers has no interest in this,…but Disney promised his children…he would get the rights.…When Mrs. Travers refuses, Disney tries flattery.…- Then she gave me one of your books,…and oh by gosh, my imagination caught on fire.…
- [Instructor] Pleading, using guilt.…- You kept me dangling all this time.…- [Instructor] Using his kids.…- I promised them, Pamela, that's fact.…- [Instructor] Making promises.…- Our motion picture is not just gonna…make my kids happy, it's gonna make all…kids happy, adults too.…- [Instructor] Reassuring her.…- The last thing I would do, the very last thing,…is tarnish a story I have cherished.…
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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