Acting
Actor/Director Relationships

Actor/Director Relationships

The relationships between actors and directors can vary drastically. Some are friendly and free-flowing. Others are like a tyrant versus the oppressed. Some are like a lengthy marriage, where there are fights but ultimately the two come out of it loving each other. Still, think of directors as being the supervisors and actors being the...
How to Do Talking Rehearsals

How to Do Talking Rehearsals

Some directors are criticized for either talking too little or too much. People assume that talking too little means that you are afraid of saying the wrong thing, while talking too much means you are too opinionated and don’t care enough to listen to the actors. Body language can be helpful in recognizing the signs...
Perhaps A Radical Approach to Acting

Perhaps A Radical Approach to Acting

Creative projects sometimes take an inordinate amount of time to finish because you cannot force artistic expression. When director Paul Schrader presented Nick Nolte with the script for Affliction, the actor delayed shooting the film for five years. Although this undoubtedly frustrated those involved in production, the actor needed the extra time to ruminate on...
Actor’s Imaginative Leap

Actor’s Imaginative Leap

Sympathy is a word we often hear, especially when imparting condolences, and it is defined as expressing sorrow for another person’s hardship. But empathy is a different concept, one that takes sympathy to another level. By definition, empathy is the ability to share in and understand someone else’s feelings. It is not always something that...
Rehearsal Techniques

Rehearsal Techniques

Rehearsing with actors before shooting begins can be difficult.  Despite having the best intentions, directors often find their time consumed by other pre-production demands.  Some directors find no purpose to rehearsal, believing that it is better and more efficient to work out choices during takes.  However, rehearsals can always prove beneficial and should be used...
Five Terrible Actors You Secretly Love

Five Terrible Actors You Secretly Love

Everyone has an actor who they know is awful but secretly can’t stop themselves from loving. It’s simply natural that you nurture affection for someone who is unburdened by talent. When it comes to movies, the list goes on and on… Arnold Schwarznegger The eponymous Arnie launched his career off the back of Terminator, in...
Guidelines for Successful Rehearsals

Guidelines for Successful Rehearsals

Knowing Your Vision A director must have a clear vision of the show before beginning the rehearsal process. This does not mean that a director should push actors to match a specific vocal pattern or refuse to listen to the impressions and ideas the actors have regarding the piece. It simply means the director needs...
Actor to Director

Actor to Director

While it’s been a long time since the thought of an actor working behind the camera instead of in front of it was considered shocking, it’s worth thinking about what attracts a performer to an outwardly less glamorous role. Here are three examples of how an actor can change his career path in favour of...
More Than Just Acting

More Than Just Acting

For the most part, we are inclined to believe that the creativity that actors have is limited to simply acting. This simply isn’t true! In fact, there are a number of stars who not only do a great job in front of the camera, but also unleash their creativity in front of a microphone too....
Scenarios For Rehearsal

Scenarios For Rehearsal

Rehearsal: one hour per scene Goals of Rehearsal: Slightly adjust rehearsal to actors and script. Be cautious not to fit the rehearsal to actors but to slowly get the actor to adjust to script and rehearsal Locate subtext and clues to the subtext and bring to physical and emotional reality for the actor to better...
The Language of Imagery - How Directors and Actors Use Visual Imagery To Communicate

The Language of Imagery – How Directors and Actors Use Visual Imagery To Communicate

Our words and the way we communicate with one another are so complex that universities now teach communications as a field of study.  It is also a very important feature in acting. The most fascinating aspect of communication is how words evoke images.  Images engage our full compliment of senses, causing us to not only...
Acting - Don’t Coast

Acting – Don’t Coast

The famous Bob Dylan once said, “You strip things away until you get at the core of something important.” All great art must go through a winnowing process.  But the true distillation of any art is no easy task.  It requires diligence and practice, especially in a culture of instant gratification, where we are accustomed...
Teaching Acting On Set?

Teaching Acting On Set?

Whether or not to teach acting on set is a question that arises for many film directors.  The information here is designed to help you decide, if this is a route that might be suitable for you to take when shooting your film; and if so, how best to go about doing it. To begin...
Good Character Development: Method Acting

Good Character Development: Method Acting

Great character development is the key to engaging your audience and creating a great film. Actors use several well-known acting techniques to develop their characters and deliver their material, one of which is method acting. Method acting actually involves a series of approaches but its overall aim is to develop lifelike performances by encouraging the...
Acting Techniques

Acting Techniques

There are several strategies and techniques that actors can use to ensure that they create the authentic feelings and emotions for a role or scene. Some of these will be described here. 1.   If you do it you will feel it Acting is a very physical thing.  My dictionary defines emotion as, “A psychic and...
From Character Through To A Script And Rehearsal

From Character Through To A Script And Rehearsal

Vision, Analysis, and Imagination Directorial script analysis must be tested by imagining the scenes in active detail.  This requires, among other things, thinking about motive for and the origin of actions.  For example, pretend that two characters are having a conversation in a certain scene.  Answering questions like “Who started the conversation?”  or “Who had...
Micro-Managing & Actors Shouldn’t Try to Have Feelings

Micro-Managing & Actors Shouldn’t Try to Have Feelings

There is a stark difference between smoothing out rough edges; making a scene or script as crisp and clean as possible, and trying to control the actors on an emotional level. There is nothing wrong with maybe wanting a little more sadness here and a louder gasp there, but when it comes down to almost...
“On Their Feet” Rehearsals

“On Their Feet” Rehearsals

Even though there is rarely “on your feet” rehearsal done by most actors, many prefer that to discussion preparation. Why is it so rare then? Actors may not feel comfortable asking for time on their feet as they see it as a lack of professionalism to need to rehearse in such a manner. These actors...