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ther - Acting
Acting - Some tips
- From a Grotowski approach: Based on animals,
think of an animal and then move according to how you think that
animal might move. Keep moving around the room, see
what happens try things gradually shift between them, try one body part
leading and see where it goes. Can use portions of the movements that occur as
part of your characters
- From a Stanislavski approach: Based on attributes of characters. Such as
where were they born, are they married, how old, where do they live, where
were they brought up, what education, current job, other facts about the person.
What are some of the particular things that character does for example how
they walk what is different about their walk from other people, is it fast/slow,
long/short steps, what do their arms do when they walk, do they cross their arms
when they stand or hand on hips, or one hand up in the air when talking,
gesturing perhaps with both hands, palms up or palms down or one up one down?
- Use different levels (heights), for example some actors standing on
ground, some on blocks.
- Can keep a drama diary. After doing drama exercises, write in the diary
the exercises and reason for doing them, to analyze, for example, physical
warm up, or to increase focus (eg focus on each part of the body
that is moving and its position, then be aware of the whole body). Can draw
sketches of different body positions, as a reference for character ideas.
Observe different people seen out there in the world eg at the mall.
Watch DVDs to write out some of the things the characters say, and
sketch body positions and movements. Consider the intention of the character.
What do they want? Why are they speaking? What meaning are they trying to