Why Subtext is Important for the Director

Judith Weston, author of “Directing Actors,” in a skype video conference with directing students at Tisch Asia/Singapore on Jan 28 2010 responds to the question, Why is it important for filmmakers to understand Subtext? She discusses the importance of knowing “what the script is about” using the movie “Forrest Gump” as an example, and referencing Sidney Lumet’s book “Making Movies.”Read More

Script Breakdown: Script and Scene Analysis

Peter D. Marshal breaks down what an actor needs to do when breaking down a script. …here are many facets of a actor’s prep on any film or TV show – from location scouts and creative meetings to casting and scheduling. But the first, and most important part of your job, is to understand the Read MoreRead More

Top 10 Monologues for Actors

A monologue is sometimes asked for in an audition – this article offers a few classic samples. …Let’s be clear: There is no such thing as a perfect list of the best monologues for actors. I know the monologues I personally love, such as Hamlet’s advice to the players—beautiful poetry, a great character, and funny Read MoreRead More

‘Improvising’ in Scripted Comedy

Arnie Burton takes a look at adding improvisation to scripted scenes. …When people think of improvisation, they usually think of groups like Second City or the Groundlings. Those performers are trained to create on their feet without a script, writing their own play from moment to moment. But what about legit theater, where you’re working Read MoreRead More

Fear of Singing

Think you can’t sing? Well that may be just your problem – you think you can’t. Jennifer Hamady explores the psychological aspect of singing and how the only thing you have to fear maybe fear itself. …When working with new clients [actors], I always begin by trying to ascertain what it is about their voices Read MoreRead More

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