Love Triangles

The amount of people on stage will determine the amount of relationships within the setting. Two people create a single relationship; with three people, you can have up to seven relationships represented. There is the relationships between any two individuals, pairs against the third individual and the relationship between all three. This is where clear boundaries need to be made on who’s in what type of relationship.

Film Direction Notes Love TrianglesKeep Characters Apart

When there are few characters on stage and the stage is large, it is best to keep them apart. The farther they appear the more tension that can be felt between the characters.

Interesting Imbalance

Balance on the stage is boring. To make the stage more visually appealing, break up spaces with visual interruption and utilize the diagonal.

The Facing Angle

If you want to prevent the audience from being addressed directly, make sure to face the actors at a slight angle.

Don’t Sit

Audiences will presume a long, boring scene is coming once you sit an actor down. Any good excuse to keep the actor on their feet should be used, such as pouring a drink or lighting a cigarette.

Standing Still

Standing still on stage is a thoughtful, purposeful action. If there is no meaning to it, the actor should be moving around the stage.

The Royal Chair

Some characters, such as royalty (in any form), will always be predictable. They always sit in chairs, walk a straight line and depends on the actions of others to maintain their status.

Interest is Interesting

Actors need to portray an interest in everything that is going on during the play. Disinterested responses can draw the audience’s attention away.

Active Listening

Feelings that are verbally expressed should also be expressed through body language. Positive feelings make the actors approach, while negative feelings generally make the actor retreat.

Turning Your Back

A certain sense of confidence and strength can be conveyed through an actor turning his back to the audience, though it should be avoided on the first character encounter and throughout long speeches.