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

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Chapter 23

Environment

Many audition studios are converted office spaces with few amenities. You’ll need to transcend these limitations to turn the studio into whatever you need it to be. Sometimes the casting directors will have some furniture or a few set pieces, but ultimately it will be up to you to make the place your family patio, or McDonald’s, or a service station.

Sometimes the copy will tell you where you are: “Here at Jack’s Chili Shack . . .” Sometimes it won’t. If it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to ask. It’s okay to ask questions at your audition. Remember, you aren’t there just to rush through the copy so they can get to the next person. You’re there to get the job.

The environment is always at eye level. Don’t look up and ...

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