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The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera by John Howard Swain

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Chapter 3

The Bones

The homework is everything.

Meryl Streep

Part of being human is that when we witness or participate in an event (e.g., a wedding, the birth of a child, a car accident, being mugged), those events become imbedded in our subconscious. And most of us, without too much difficulty, can recall those events and the emotions that went along with them. As actors we face a far more difficult task. Our characters, when first presented to us, are flat, one-dimensional entities that exist only on a piece of paper. In order for the story our characters are involved in to seem real they too are going to have to experience a series of events and the emotions that go along with them.

To express these events dramatically actors will ...

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