(1) It’s not enough to say, “I’m in my car with my friends having a good time on the way to a hot party.” Spontaneity in acting does not come from leaving things up to chance but rather from carefully planning and rehearsing a specific circumstance through detailed actions and then by trusting and letting go. The necessary spontaneity will come from having recreated a life-like situation and responding to it. (2) One does not act in a vacuum. Actors need a situation, a specific structure, to support spontaneous life. Things that we take for granted in life have to be carefully reinvented and brought to life in front of the camera or on stage.
A situation/circumstance includes:
1-Specific characters in all details.(Character expressed in action)
2-A specific place including date, season, day, time, objects, colors…
3-A specific relationship between the characters
4-A specific conflict between characters or against them expressed in what they want from each other or what they are after(their intentions, desires, wants, needs…etc..)
5-A specific activity/doing character(s) is/are involved with.
Supplying these elements will form a foundation on which to establish organic behavior. Behavior is most organic when it is most true to life’s mechanics. A careful study and observation of life’s multitude of interactions will provide ample material. Observing what people do not do is equally important if not more important than what they do do. When a man is drunk he’s trying to walk and talk straight. He’s not trying to walk and talk like a drunk. Unfortunately, you see many actors who play bad drunks by trying to be drunk instead of understanding the actual behavior pattern and organic response to a powerful substance such as alcohol.