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What is Acting?

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Melissa Vaughan-Kleppel

on 28 December 2016

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Transcript of What is Acting?

Acting Skill is a mixture of
3 basic ingredients
1 - Innate Ability
2 - Training
3 - Practice
Talent is usually not enough in itself.
You must nurture and develop talent through extensive training and repeated application in performance.
The Actor's Instrument
Voice - flexible, disciplined, expressive
Psychological responsiveness
Actors may also pursue training in dancing, fencing, singing and other skills
The Body
Full front
One-half, profile
Full back
Stage Vocabulary
Open up - turn slightly more towards the audience
Focus - look at or turn towards a person or object to direct attention there.
Physical Characterization:
Consideration of physical traits required by the role
Assessment of which physical traits should dominate in any given unit/beat
Working for distinctiveness through greater specificity
The Voice
Variable factors in voice:
Variable factors in speech:
Articulation - production of sounds
Duration - length of time assigned to any sound
Inflection - rising and falling pitch
Projection - audibility
Helps actor's "feel their way" into fictional situations
Begins with the given circumstances - Who, what, when and where.
Learning about human behavior by watching other humans behave.
Observed behavior may be drawn on in creating convincing characters.
The ability to immerse one and to shut out all distractions
Actors memorize lines, movement, and cues by repetition on their on and in rehearsal
Psychological Responsiveness
Actors examine relationships between his/her character and others
Actors need to understand the play's themes, meaning, and overall significance
Actor needs to examine his/her role in relation to the director's interpretation
4 levels of characterization:
Biological - gender, age, appearance, condition of health
Sociological - profession, social class, economic status, family background, standing in the community
Psychological - attitudes, likes, dislikes, general emotional makeup, motivation, goals
Ethical - systems of values, choices when faced with crises and conflicts
Stanislavsky-Based Concepts
Emotion Memory
- searching one's own past for a parallel situation, recalling emotion felt, and using that emotion in a present scene
- what does your character want in the scene or the play?
- how will they achieve those objectives?
- What is preventing the characters from getting what they want?
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