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Units and Objectives of Stanisvlaski

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Sasha Reed

on 31 January 2014

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Units and Objectives of Stanisvlaski
Unit= A portion of a scene that contains an objective for the character. Unit changes every time there is a shift in objective or change in scene.
Every change into a new section of the story has another various objective.
Objective= Is what the character wants. Stanislavski believed that in every scene the actor needs to determine what his motive is in order for the actor/actress to carry out their actions.
Stanislavski believed actions are outward signals to a psychological objective. So for every objective there is a physical action verb to go with it.
It is not necessarily the outcome that is the objective but what the character is striving for.
Without an objective a movie/story would be incomplete as there would be no climax or decision-making.

He also had the ability to review his own work and others in order to adapt himself to become a better actor.
Constantin Stanisvlaski was born in Russia in 1868
He began his life as teacher and a director.
He grew up with drama in his blood through his family circle.
He began to study different aspects of Drama.

The Super Objective
This was the 'spine' of the play .
To achieve the super objectives one might have to complete the other units.
It is prominent through their personality and body language this is what they want to achieve
Naturalism is what he studied and believed to become a successful actor you had to consume.
At that time the acting was very artificial.
He explored this in great detail.
He founded 5 elements of preparation:

Memories and What If?
Stanislavski felt that the though only way we could act realistic was through approaching the personality on the inside.
We can do this by recollecting our own memories.
The character must have a background or a story which is relevant to the theatrical production.
He taught that when acting we had to ask ourselves questions in order to believe the scenario.
Such as: 'What do i want?' ...... 'What if' ....

The units and objectives were an essential part of Stanislavski's work . If we recollect memories or have a motive or purpose behind an action, our acting becomes more natural and realistic; something Stanisvlaski yearned for and worked hard for.
Comparison of two movies

Stanislavski felt that in order to create a more realistic approach in the theatre we would have to portray unstereotypical characters that would bring a new and intriguing aspect to the story . Thus making it original and unique.
Let us compare two films where one is stereotypical and the other is not.
Mean Girls
Portrays the average groups in our social circle: The popular people in the frame of the Plastics as well as groups like the Geeks and many others.
The change in personality in order to seek glory.
The regret of an issue created that must be solved
The boy
The Breakfast Club
The personality of their character are very unique yet obviously different.
They seem to have nothing in common.
However they soon bond and reveal their deepest secrets to one another that all give them an
abnormal story
There individual stories give them a various reason for their
particular objective
This is one of Stanislavski's methods to produce a more realistic effect.
His Quotes
"When we are on stage, we are in the here and now."
"Love art in yourself and not yourself in art."
"When an actor is completely absorbed by some profoundly moving objective so that he throws his whole being passionately into its execution, he reaches a state we call inspiration."
"If you know your character's thoughts, the proper vocal and bodily expressions will naturally follow."
"The actor must believe in everything that takes place on the stage - and most of all - in what he himself is doing - and one can only believe in the truth."
"Put life into the imagined circumstances and actions until you have completely satisfied your sense of truth and until you have awakened a sense of faith in the reality of your own sensations."
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