Tag Archives: technique

Genres (Mumblecore!)

June 2, 2017 | No Comments.

How versed in genres are you as an actor? I ask because I am finally starting to understand one genre that I have resisted for a long time - Mumblecore. Mumblecore A subgenre of independent film characterized by naturalistic acting and dialogue (often improvised), low-budget film production, an emphasis on dialogue over plot, and a…

The Art of the Nuance (Part 2) – HOW TO ACT IT

March 29, 2016 | No Comments.

The previous Blog: The Art of the Nuance (Part 1) was about how to train your own eye to spot the power of when a filmmaker uses detailed nuances in a character’s performance to visually tell the story. Now, you, the Actor, are ready to delve into how to do it yourself. This was so fun to…

Develop your Philosophy

January 14, 2016 | No Comments.

We were in the Alumni Gym last night, working hard and thinking DEEPLY about acting on camera. Beyond just discussing techniques. I said to the group last night that I feel I need to add to my class descriptions the following: "Develop your PHILOSOPHY about on-camera acting, instead of just focusing on the techniques." Together, we…

Acting on Television sets

November 11, 2015 | (4 comments).

Last week, I shadowed a Director on a Television show. Like you, I always want to know more about my art form and hone my craft. I enjoy the craft of storytelling so much that I’m always hungry to be in conversation about it with others who are practicing and developing their own crafts. We…

The Art of Self-Tape

October 11, 2015 | (3 comments).

Are you being asked to film yourself for an audition? Times have changed. In an ideal audition world, actors are asked to come to the casting office to be coached by the Casting Director and also recorded for viewing by the Creative Team.  Or, even better, the Director is in the actual room and works…

Protecting Yourself On Set

June 9, 2015 | (4 comments).

Your on set prep between shots makes the difference in your performance when camera rolls. This weekend, I had the honor of directing some extremely talented actors in an intense indie drama. These actors really know how to "bring it" with every take - I felt completely secure with their abilities. I knew that I could count on my talented actors 100% to deliver…

That thing you do

July 28, 2014 | (8 comments).

You know that "thing" you do?  Well, it might be getting in the way of some brilliant acting! Don't you want someone to fall in love with you because of your true self? Unfortunately, many actors do a lot of other "things" that cover up that natural lovable self. Since the audition room is where…

Good cop, Bad cop

May 12, 2014 | No Comments.

There is a missing ingredient in your camera audition that many of you are overlooking, and therefore missing a HUGE opportunity for your character. Audition Scenario: you are auditioning for a suspect in an interrogation room. Law & Order, Person of Interest, The Good Wife. There are two detectives in the scene with you. You…

When the camera paralyzes you…

November 6, 2013 | No Comments.

I had a dream this week that has left me pondering the deep subconscious fears that many actors are facing, especially in on-camera auditions. My dream was actually ridiculous. I dreamed that I had to perform Sandy in GREASE!  Aside from not being an actor, I can't sing at all (the worst pitch you've ever…

HAVING YOUR VOICE (in the audition room)

March 21, 2013 | No Comments.

Speak up!  What's your opinion in this scene??? I know you didn't write the audition scene. I know the project isn't your vision. I know you just got the scene 15 minutes ago and now have to read it cold in the room. I know you have no personal experience with this event in the…