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

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Chapter 12

Place, Transitions, and Sense Memory

Good news! You’ve been cast in a film and you’re going to play the Prince of Wales. The story centers around a revolt you’re leading against your father, the king. Most of your scenes take place in a castle, in the banquet room. Only problem: you’ve never been in a castle, never seen a banquet room. The question is, just how important is a location to a character’s development?

PLACE

When acting in a scene, there will almost always be at least two “places” for every one location. There will be the actual place where the scene is shot, e.g., the banquet room in the castle. Then there’ll be a place from your real life that you will use to generate the emotional connection to make the reel ...

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