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The Art of Film Acting by Jeremiah Comey

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The thing is to become a master and in your old age acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.

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The Art of Not Knowing means experiencing something as if for the first time. You may have memorized a scene and know what is going to happen, but you mustn’t know. You have to experience the scene’s events and dialogue as if for the first time. In a state of Not Knowing, your true emotional responses become stimulated by using the other actor as a catalyst.

I was working with a writer who wanted to see how a few scenes from his new comedy screenplay would work. Brena played the part of the widow who had just returned from a funeral after burying her husband. John ...

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