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9781466905184

A Film Actor's Technique

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    9781466905184

  • ISBN10:

    1466905182

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-01
  • Publisher: Textstream
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Stanislavski is the great man of Acting because the answers he got to the questions he asked formed principles that now help every actor realize the greatness within himself. Stanislavski's answers help the actor ACT. Acting, let's not forget, is what transpires in the Theatre. It is not, however, what transpires in front of a camera. In front of the camera, the objective is to become the character. Not act it. On Film, the objective is to create reality, not re-create it.
That's a powerful thought. A kind of poetic summation of the differences between the two mediums. And one that we haven't said anything about yet. So, let's say this again, and think about it carefully. Roll it around slowly in our consciousness. The objective for the actor in the film medium is to CREATE REALITY. Not RE-create it.
And you know enough about Acting from your own training, and enough about Stanislavski from what I've just told you, to know that the whole point of Stanislavski's method, or of any method of Acting, is to enable one to consistently RE-create the reality. Which means that it's not really reality. Right? Right. It's a re-creation. Something which appears to be reality, but which is not. It's verisimilitude: something that has the appearance, or the semblance, of truth. But it's not really truth. It's not reality. Reality is reality. It only happens once. It can't be re-created. That's impossible.
So, now, as you contemplate the two mediums, and you understand that they demand these very different kinds of 'reality,' this difference should begin to take on a more profound dimension. And, you should begin to arrive at a most important implication for you. That is that a Film Acting Technique should be, in some ways anyway, different from a Stage Acting Technique. And, it is. The two are different. Very different. They are so different that they don't even mix. And you shouldn't try to mix them either. That's why I told you previously that you had to make a commitment to give up "Acting."

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