The first series begins to build a
strong foundation for behavioral work and improvisation.
The ability to respond in the moment with interesting,
imaginative behavior, to establish a sense of real relationship
on stage or screen, and to improvise with both action
and voice, form the foundation of a strong acting technique.
This series employs
exercises especially designed to help students develop
and gain confidence in these skills.
Towards the end of
the series, the class will be introduced to exercises
with objects which strengthen concentration and the
ability to improvise, and build an actor's confidence
when alone on stage or screen by supplying truthful
activities to do. The class will also start working
on building imaginary circumstances which create the
actor's full reality.
Reading behavior, dealing fully with another person,
Improvising with objects to improve the actor's
focus, confronting another person's behavior, beginning
to work with imagination and imaginary circumstances.
One session out of
the series will be devoted to On-Camera Exercises which
explore the techniques learned in the Series.
Exercises for camera
Playing through the camera with
full human intention;
Fully improvising as if the camera weren't there;
Creating compelling on-camera behavior through
Being alone on camera by focusing on the
performance of an activity;
Creating specific behavior for film or TV by
the way the activity is done;
Bringing reality to commercial copy by focusing
on your activity and intention;
Creating the reality of film or TV situations
by the way physical activities are performed, and
by focusing on the imaginary circumstances.