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Film and Television Acting, 2nd Edition by Ian Bernard

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Preparation

 

 

 

Stage to Film

An actor who trains for stage acting uses any number of techniques to “get into the part”—character biographies, scene analysis, sense memory exercises, and research on the play’s subject matter for background material. Each of these techniques is equally appropriate for film and television preparation. At some point in the process, however, a film actor should be aware of how the performance is to be done, and this should trigger some unique ideas that apply only to camera techniques.

In the modern theater you get a lot of deals between the audience and the actor: I’ll pretend this is really happening if you pretend to believe it. And it’s not a very clean deal. People are not very comfortable with that. ...

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