How do we JUST engage and be authentic and JUST DO IT?
This is what we are exploring in ADVANCED ONGOING SCENE STUDY for FILM & TV. How can we get to where we just engage in an authentic way? How do we get out of our own way and do the GOOD ACTING or even the GREAT ACTING?
Some of the ways that we can do this is to make sure we've really looked at all of the given imaginary circumstances (specifics) and ENGAGE with them in an IMAGINATIVE way without over-thinking.
Some other questions worth considering:
Here is the link to your files from class: ADVANCED ONGOING SCENE STUDY
President's Day is the time for SALES, SALES, SALES! So we decided to record a few President's Day sales VO commercials in the VO GYMDO last night. The copy was tough and it was fast! We worked on our katas, got our tongues and brains up to speed and stepped up to the mic to give the President's Day copy our best shot.
HERE IS A LINK TO THE PRESIDENT'S DAY FILES
We also gave out our FIRST LEVEL ribbons! As you progress through the VO GYMDO you can earn higher level ribbons until you become a BLACK RIBBON in VO GYMDO.
Here's a photo of the smiling LEVEL ONE group from last night.
I think everyone did an amazing job with the copy. I took a few of the recordings and matched them to the original video and added some production music. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do it with all of the files, but I did match a few voices to the original commercials.
Check out the videos below!
What an exciting two days we've had at WPAC!
The VO GYMDO is in full swing and we have about 10-15 actors at VO GYMDO LEVEL ONE status! We'll be doing a pinning ceremony when the ribbons arrive in a week or so.
Just like a karate dojo, as you progress with your VO katas, you'll do a shia test (a test to move to the next level) and get a different colored ribbon for each level. Eventually you can become a VO GYMDO blackbelt in VO.
Everyone had a great time recording a PSA for Coats for Kids and a commercial for SUPERCUTS. You can listen to all of your files from the VO GYMDO by CLICKING THIS LINK.
Please remember to download your files onto your devices ASAP so that I can clear the servers. We're getting quite crowded on our Google drive right now.
ONGOING SCENE STUDY FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
The AUDITION MASTERY INTENSIVE for January 2020 is now COMPLETE! These folks pictured above did an awesome job. Their self-tapes were submitted on time and they used all of their resources to get themselves submitted. That already puts them above a group of actors who can't even seem to get their self-tapes turned in.
We worked on our acting and auditioning skills in class, talking about ways to stand out to a casting director, how to prep an audition script and how to enter and exit the room for an audition with a casting director.
Heidi Eklund, casting director of Hudson Valley Casting, watched the actors and gave feedback for each of their in-room auditions. She was very impressed with the enthusiasm everyone brought into the room.
We threw a few trip ups into the mix and occasionally asked folks to do a cold reading script to see how they did. The results of not having "line pressure" for the cold reads showed us how we have to let go of "line pressure" either by being completely memorized or by making sure we can easily reference the script during the audition in order to give us the best chance at acting the scene.
I think if you look through the audition tapes and compare the self-tapes to the improvements made "in-the-room" you'll see a big change. Now the trick is to get your self-tape auditions to look as professional as possible. Refer to your Audition Mastery Self-tape Checklists often!
HERE IS A LINK TO YOUR FILES
For those of you who missed out on the Audition Mastery Intensive, but are interested in brushing up on your audition skills before your next audition, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the information for the next intensive.
Very impressive work, everyone! Please keep me posted about your auditions and how they go.
Wayne Pyle is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA actor, acting coach and adventurer living and creating in the Hudson Valley and beyond. His extensive film & tv credits can be seen on IMDb by CLICKING HERE.