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Five examples of how to act “REALISTICALLY” !
Second of two videos on this. Please watch the opening one first. During this video I promise to explain how it is even possible to “kill” someone realistically in film! After seeing this film you may now understand that you simply take it one step at a time. The first step may be your ‘feelings’ for the victim, when you see them, before killing them! And – as I’ve explained in these videos – you have to ‘really’ see the person, not just have your eyes open! Then you move towards them, ‘realistically’ threatening, (not exaggerating, not making angry expressions, as I show can be done in these videos). The next step might be real anger in your voice when you speak. Then, if your hands are hidden from the audience they won’t see that you fake strangling or stabbing them – but because everything leading up to that moment is ‘real’ the audience will imagine that the final strangling is real too. You have lead them honestly, realistically, to believe in what you are doing.
That is how this lesson is described by the Head of Education at London’s National Theater. I can only hope you see what she saw in it!
The British accent most often needed by American actors.
A fact which even ‘great’ actors may need reminding about.
Websites, publications, organizations.
A more detailed video about this will come in a few months.
This is not something all actors need, but it has helped many actors and actresses to be successful.
Speaking in verse can be fun. (This is also explained in another page on this website – ‘Notes on British Plays’ page – please see above).
How to stop feeling strange when standing on a stage talking to yourself!
First of two short videos about a playwright whom many consider the greatest of the 20th century, and whom some find hard to understand. The video may also help actors to understand difficult parts of Shakespeare.
Second of two short videos on this. Please watch the previous one first.
Two common voice problems, with unusual ways of solving them. Actors need strong, safe voices all the time!
First of three videos about this, one of the most important talents an actor requires, (the other important ones being to be heard , and how to act ‘realistically’.)
Second of three videos on this subject. See above.
Third of three videos on this subject. See above.
Two ways to read from a script like an expert, – an important skill for modern ‘cold-reading’ auditions.
Two suggestions which even experienced actors might easily forget.
New or experienced actors can all write better resumes. Good resumes attract good auditions!
One way to make auditions more fun.
What some of us try to do.
How to move with ‘style’, like an aristocrat. How to bow or stand, or sit like a Lord or a ‘Lady’.
How to stop the plays of Chekhov seeming boring – which, frankly, some actors and audiences often think they are.
A wonderful ‘trick’, connected to ‘realistic’ acting, for the start of any audition speech, or the start of any scene.
I will make a fuller video about this soon, but this simple method stops an actor’s lines from all sounding the same!
32 – THE FINAL LESSON