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Five examples of how to act “realistically” !
Second of two videos on this. Please watch opening one first. During this video I promise to explain how to ‘kill’ someone ‘realistically’ in a film – ! – so this is how – as with many scenes take one step at a time. If you have to kill a person in a film, you do not want it to look fake, so the first step may be when you ‘see’ them before killing them. You have to ‘really’ see the person, not just have your eyes open, as explained in these videos you ‘actually’ allow yourself to take the person in, if only for moment, not just look in their direction. The next moment might be that you move to them, which you must do ‘realistically’ – not pretending to threaten, or moving with some exaggerated expression of anger, but genuinely feeling anger, – or hatred, pleasure, sadness or calm, – as long as it is simply real. THEN, if your hands are partly hidden from the audience they won’t think that you are faking the strangling (or stabbing, or however you execute your victim) , – the audience will imagine the killing is real because everything else leading up to that moment has been real. They have no reason to think you are faking . You have lead them to believe everything you are doing. But this video is not about killing – ! – is to make you keep your focus on being real – WHATEVER the situation!
That is how this was described by the Head of Education at London’s National Theater. I hope you see what she saw in it!
This is the British accent most often needed by American actors. There are other British accents, of course, (which I coach on Skype or in person in New York if needed,) but this video covers the basics of the accent. But a perfect accent is less important than being clear and truthful, so most work has to be done on THAT.
One giant fact about Shakespeare of which even ‘great’ actors often need reminding.
Websites, publications and 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 to be successful, and this is simply a clear introduction to the subject.
Speaking in verse can be FUN. (This is also explored in another page on this website, in – “Notes on British Plays”, – see above).
How not to feel 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 others find hard to understand. The video may also give a clue to help understand other ‘difficult’ writers.
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 to have strong voices, and to keep them strong.
First of three videos on one of the most important talents an actor needs, (the other important ones being to be heard clearly, and 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, – a necessary skill for ‘cold-reading’ auditions, and ‘readings’ of plays.
Two ideas which even experienced actors may forget.
New and experienced actors can all write better resumés. Good resumés attract good auditions.
Juts one way to make auditions more fun.
What some of us do.
How to move with ‘style’ like an aristocrat. How to bow or stand, or sit like a Lord or a ‘Lady’ in some ‘period’ plays and films.
How to stop the plays of Chekhov seem boring – which, frankly, some actors and audiences sometimes feel they are.
A wonderful ‘trick’, connected to ‘realistic’ acting, for the start of any audition speech, or for the start of any scene.
I will make a fuller video about this soon, but this simple method stops an actor’s lines all sounding the same.
We all face this problem at some time in our lives, whether we are a star or a beginner. It not only makes life miserable, but actors can lose work if they do not know a solution. This may be the best way.
This is incredibly important because the first steps actors take effect their whole lives. Many make the mistake of attending a school in a different country to the one where they plan to work. John explains why.
Yes! Do not decide easily and waste years of your life and then discover the whole idea was a mistake. This is not meant to discourage anyone, – for if you feel strongly that you want to act, and nothing else in the world really interests you, then you will not worry about all the ‘hard work’ I talk about in this video, you will just keep on with trying. But – for heavens sake – do a decent drama course, or work non-stop in classes and small theatre companies. But don’t think you can do this part-time and become a star! This is a job to take seriously.
We want to be in “great” films, – and great plays – and to give great performances! So it helps to know what makes the best ones great.
32 – THE FINAL LESSON
What all actors, stars and beginners, – famous or new, – ALL need to remember in the end.
A reminder to all actors, – nervous film stars and worried students, – that the job of being an actor can be a HAPPY one.