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Acting Fundamentals

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Transcript of Acting Fundamentals

WELCOME TO
ACTING FUNDAMENTALS!
Sanford Meisner says...
"Acting is
behaving

truthfully
in
imaginary circumstances
."
be·hav·ior
(noun) \bi-hā-vyr, bē-\
1.
a : the manner of conducting oneself
b : anything that an organism does involving action
and response to stimulation
c : the response of an individual, group, or species to
its environment
1
a: archaic : fidelity, constancy
b : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2
a (1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
truth
(noun) \ˈtrüth\
Exercise #1 - Reaction Circle

1. Closely observe the person to your right, and
DO NOT take your eyes off him/her.
2. Do NOTHING.
3. If you observe the person to your right doing
anything, imitate and exaggerate it.
Exercise #2 - Stage Fright
Exercise #3 - Do Something



(while you still can)











“You gotta tell me what you’re doin’, because I don’t understand. Tell me, should I go to New York and study at the Actor’s Studio? Man, tell me what I should do.”











“Don’t go to New York and study. Don’t act. OK? Just, you know– do it. Don’t act it, don’t show it– just do it.”
"JUST DO IT!"
External Truth
vs.
Inner Truth
Constantin Stanislavski
External Truth
Internal Truth
Continuity of Action
Ensemble Playing
Relaxation
Concentration
Observation
Importance of Specifics

What am I doing? Goal, objective
Why am I doing it? Motivation
How am I doing it? Tactics, intentions

A: One.
B: Two.
A: Three.
B: Four.
A: Fiv.e
B: Six.
A: Seven.
B: Eight.
A: Nine!
B: Ten!.
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