Auditioning On Camera: An Actor's Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-07-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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To win a screen role, an actor must learn to contend with an on-camera audition. Understanding how to make the crucial adjustments to one#xE2;#xAC;"s craft that this kind of audition requires is vital to the career of any screen actor. The On-Camera Audition sets out the key elements of a successful on-camera audition and explains how to put them into practice. Joseph Hacker draws on 35 years of acting experience to guide the reader through the screen auditioning process with an engaging and undaunting approach. Key elements examined include: textual analysis knowing where to look dealing with nerves on-camera interviews using the environment retaining the camera#xE2;#xAC;"s focus The book also features point-by-point chapter summaries, as well as a glossary of acting and technical terms, and is a comprehensive and enlightening resource for screen actors of all levels.

Author Biography

Joseph Hacker is an Associate Professor of Theatre Practice at the University of Southern California. He is also an actor and producer with over 30 years' experience, having appeared in such seminal TV series as 24, Quantum Leap and The Twilight Zone.

Table of Contents

Exercisesp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
What The Camera Requires
Who you are shouts so loudly I can't hear what you're sayingp. 1
You and the camerap. 1
"Just relax and be yourself" - a tototally worthless piece of advicep. 25
Nerves and the camerap. 25
When the camera is in the room, guess who's not there?p. 40
On-camera interviewsp. 40
I asked him, "How do I get to where you are?" "Oh," he said, "that's impossible ... but there are a million ways."p. 51
Agents, monologues and headshotsp. 51
On-Camera Audition Strategies
I knew you were perfect for the part the moment you walked into the roomp. 65
Your on-camera entryp. 65
Calm them by knowing what you want to dop. 83
How on-camera auditions gop. 83
On-camera audition strategiesp. 87
Auditioning in pairsp. 104
Callbacks on camerap. 108
"I really really really want to get this part but I'm not sure how I should play it"p. 114
The structure of drama and what it means to your acting choicesp. 114
He buys his ties in the cityp. 137
Wardrobe strategies for on-camera auditionsp. 137
Your eyes/your thoughtsp. 146
The importance of where your character looksp. 146
The place/your thoughtsp. 155
The place is the circumstancep. 155
Scene Preparation For On-Camera Auditions
How to paint a nosep. 167
Basic philosophyp. 167
What needs to happenp. 177
Analyzing the story/the scenep. 177
Acting is doing. Meaningful acting is doing in an emotional contextp. 183
Creating the character: actions and circumstancesp. 183
Dealing with preconceptionsp. 198
Love scenes and further notesp. 204
Somewhere, someone thinks it's funnyp. 208
Comedy: some guidelinesp. 208
Evil be now my goodp. 225
Auditioning for the villainp. 225
Lights! Camera! ... then Actionp. 243
Secrets to creating a winning "virtual" auditionp. 243
Overall summary and a few choice perspectivesp. 256
Final commentp. 256
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 263
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