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

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Chapter 6

Main Objective

As stated earlier, there are a great many factors that can influence a scene—your choices, your partner’s choices, the director’s vision, and of course the material itself. If you have the luxury of rehearsing—not too likely in film or TV—you might be able to improv the scene or do some experimental work. And while these things are important and valuable they aren’t always practical—not if you’re on location and the light is fading and you only have five minutes to get the shot. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for doing whatever it takes to wake up our instruments but the realities of film and TV don’t often allow for the same luxuries afforded you with a theatrical piece.

However, regardless of what the situation ...

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