NOTES ON ACTING
An audience wants to see real people in real lives. Anything the script tells you about your character is or about what the character has done before the story starts and doing during is part of the characters given circumstances. They are logical to developing and creating a character or a preparation for your character before the scene starts. Given circumstances are not subject to debate that is why they are given- they are the facts of the script that are not negotiable..
Questions to ask - what situation does the character find them self in? Then you play the situation, not the emotion. When you play the situation the required emotion will come.
Learn lines not so they sound rehearsed because people talk in life so we want actors to sound like people simply talking not like actors who have rehearsed a speech or the lines perfectly. Speak, don’t speech. Colour the words with the inner life of you, the actor and character. Be specific about what you say. Why do you say what you say as the character? Inner thoughts- What am I really thinking about? Or what am I the actor and the character thinking about ? And to really think those things during a scene.
The actor has to put them self into those imaginary circumstances and situation(s) the character finds them self in.
Have a Point of View towards everyone in the script you are given. It is very important to find a relationship, a specific feeling your character has to everyone in that script. So that the moment; the second you see them in that script, you have a feeling towards them. For example, do I like him/her? What do I think of them?
Every script is a daydream its make believe. It’s the actor’s job to take something imaginary to be true. To be affected by it. Then personalise your lines/ the script/ and the people in the story. Make them real and meaningful to you. Personalise objects you may have to use or work with, like a cigarette or a book you are reading.
Always have a strong emotional preparation or something brewing inside before the scene starts, so that you always have your psychological tank full. Because like people in life we all come from a place, we don’t just start a scene. Life is Continous so characters come from a place. Make the preparation logical to the scene. A scene cannot start cold. Just like in life, before we enter a room or a meeting with someone, we are coming from somewhere and feel a certain way- this is called a preparation.
Having secrets also contributes to good acting- either about the character or their point of view towards other characters or actors in the script/scene. It’s the same in life. We withhold information or don’t always speak the truth, its the same with good acting, have secrets find a way of putting them into the scene. Watch people in real life, their behaviour. They are all hiding things, they may have a sickness they are not sharing with the world, its the same with characters. They may know a secret about someone else in the script and you have a point of view towards that character. This can create many layers and depth for the actor to know and play.
For film acting, your face becomes the stage. Your face is the proscenium arch. You have to show so much in your face and especially the eyes yet be technically strong .
Acting is about what you mean by what you say. “I love you” could be said screaming at someone depending on the situation the character finds themselves in.