We worked day and night to get everything ready for our October 1 opening of the new space and we did it! Whew! We accidentally locked a few doors we weren't supposed to and we're still trying to figure out how to warm/cool the space, but we're getting there.
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We had a lovely group of actors join us for the second night of Ongoing Scene Study for Film & TV. After a brief discussion of our work last week, we jumped right into a discussion about how we can follow our acting mantra of "Living life truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances."
We talked about how we want to be less "presentational" and tried to figure out what "indicating" means. We realized that it is a forcing or pressing forward of emotion and a lack of trust in what we are doing in front of the camera that causes us to feel like we need to present our ideas and attitudes rather than being in the moment to change the other person now.
I showed the class a clip of Alan Rickman talking about how he feels that listening is one of the most important things we can do as actors. We discussed how the camera likes us if it can see us thinking (subtext), how we can be more accurate with our listening so that it will be more fee and alive, and how accurate and bold our responses can be when our listening is accurate.
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I also showed the class this image that has been going around on social media and reminded the class about the importance of staying connected on social media in order to find work, build community and stay engaged. I'm not sure who created this image. If anyone has an attribution, I'll put on here in the future.
We also talked briefly about vulnerability and nervousness and how to work through nervousness through breath.
Then we took a quick break and reassembled in front of the camera to do scene work. We talked about the importance of memorization in order to be able to play the scene accurately and we did a few takes each in front of the camera.
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Everyone made some great progress on their scenes. The new space is intimate and quiet and we could really focus on each actor when they were in front of the camera. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's progress as we continue.
Later that night, Heidi had an emergency Voiceover to do, so we quickly fired up the VO booth and she did several takes that she sent to the client. We're really looking forward to the October VO Intensive next week! We still have a few spots open! If you're interested drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll see everyone for Ongoing Scene Study for Film & TV on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm.
Also, there is a doorbell for Hudson Valley Casting and Wayne Pyle Acting Coaching. Here's what it looks like. If you are stuck outside 7 Innis, just ring the bell!
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.