Kathleen O'Neill – Creative Catalyst

SHAPING YOUR CHARACTER’S CONSCIOUSNESS – THE BONES

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Thank you John. Great read – even better when put into practice!

The Science & Art of Film Acting

images-3I marvel at actors who believe memorizing their lines and saying them on cue constitutes their prep for a scene. What about investigating the depths of their characters?

The kind of actor who doesn’t bother to dig below the surface will consequently never find the things that make their characters tick, or the qualities that make them unique. They will never find the character’s emotional life, an aspect that is crucial to connecting with the audience. The result? Lackluster performances that are tedious to watch.

Granted, some scripts are better than others at giving clues to who the characters are but regardless of the words on the page, how can we, in our job as interpreter of those words, make the characters come to life in such a way that engages the audience?

We need to create a background that informs our character’s consciousness. In real life, things happen to…

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