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

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Chapter 15

The Technique—Condensed

In this chapter you’ll find all the sections of the technique in one place. While it is possible to separate the components, the technique works better when intact, each section supporting the next as it overlaps and coalesces into a whole. The effort you put in will easily quadruple the benefits you get out. Here are the twelve steps:

1 THE BONES

(a)   Physiology

(b)   Sociology

(c)   Psychology

For the Physiology section, your answers should be short—a word or two, a sentence at the most. For the second two sections, Sociology and Psychology, you should expand and expound; here, more is better. This is the part of the homework where you have the opportunity to breathe life into your character, to ...

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