How can a theater trained actor make the adjustment necessary for playing on camera? What are the main differences between stage acting and film acting.
- Economy of movement
- Not be concerned at all about being seen or heard! The slightest whisper will record very loud.
- Being 10 times more specific
- Live moment by moment
- Stay conversational and fluid
- Your eyes have to tell the story. It is a center
- Your acting is internalized
- Your actions are precise
- You let us see your thoughts, your subtext.
- You reveal something of yourself at every moment
- Subtext is all
- Point of view has to be crystal clear
- Circumstances have to be more specific
- In film you play the smaller events of the scenes
- Every moment counts in film
- Play moments not whole scenes
- Stay close to yourself…don’t venture into “acting land” or it’ll be brutal
- Never go for effect of any sort (movement, voice, gesture)
Film in my book is a refined version of stage acting. I do not imply at all that theatre is a lesser art form. It draws from theatre acting as far as its principles, discipline and concepts but film is an “intimate” medium where the slightest change of mood, emotion or psychological action is felt and magnified just by virtue of the medium itself. Now I’m not suggesting that none of the above applies to theatre. It does and the subtleties of our characterizations must be seen through the eye of the medium. In theatre it’s very simple you HAVE to be seen and heard and your gestures have to be bigger and larger for that very purpose. Larger does not imply less real. There are no close-ups in theatre. It’s all long shots and played in one sitting. No CUT! Knowing your medium does play a part.