After having a lengthy discussion in ONGOING SCENE STUDY FOR FILM & TV about prepping for auditions and how we get ready to play a role, I showed the following video posted by CineFrames on YouTube. It breaks down a scene in Noah Baumbach's MARRIAGE STORY. I wanted the actors to see how the director composed the scene with highs and lows and rising action, planning out their movements in order to tell the story. It is a CRAFTED scene and our acting has to be ready to go so that we can contribute to the vision of the director when we get to set. We have to CRAFT our acting as well, but not by playing RESULTS or INDICATING EMOTIONS.
We talked again about ACTION VERBS and how we can use those to try to CHANGE the other person. We talked about how we can focus on the ACTION instead of other things like how nervous we are, whether or not the lines are completely memorized or how the lines should sound or look.
I talked about how trying to make the lines sound or look a certain way is playing the RESULT and is INDICATING. If we focus on what we want and how we are trying to CHANGE the other person, NOW, emotions will come up if we are open to them and we will also say the lines exactly how they need to be said to tell the story we are trying to tell.
We then worked for a few hours on the scenes and everyone tried this technique. HERE IS THE LINK TO LAST NIGHT'S FILES.
Keep up the good work, everyone! Tonight is the AUDITION MASTERY INTENSIVE. I'm looking forward to having everyone in the studio tonight to get their audition skills in the best shape they can!
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.