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

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Chapter 14

The Summary

The last component of this technique is The Summary. The Summary serves two purposes. First, it gives the actor the opportunity to look at the material from a different vantage point. As actors we are often so involved with the needs and desires of our characters that we become myopic and fail to recognize there are other elements of the story that need to be advanced. By looking at the scene with a different set of eyes we can see past any limitations we may have inadvertently imposed upon the scene. In order to do this we need to look at the scene from another point of view.

But whose point of view should we take? Seeing the scene from another character’s perspective is good but limiting. If you do it correctly, ...

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