“Off My Feet” Scene Study Technique by Eric Stone


“Off my feet” refers to the time an actor spends working on the scene before s/he actually “gets up” to rehearse it.  More work is done on theme, understanding, plot, and readings of the work.

• Read the play several times.

• Read the scene several times also.

• What is the overall theme of the play? What human struggle is being inquired into. Does the author take a position him/herself on the subject matter of the play/script at hand? Where were you left when you  finished reading the play?

• Make notes as to facts of the play: what is given by author, other characters and myself about your character?

• Make notes on the place, physical objectives, idea for score & objects.

• Overall objective of character-his/her struggle as a human being.  Be as sensitive, compassionate and inventive as you know how.

• Circumstances given/how does it affect me?

• Objective in scene/goal/intentions.

• Conscious/unconscious desires.

• Obstacles

• Beats and respective smaller objectives.

• Character/how is she/he different than me…and why?

• Notes on bio, point of view, center, need and psychological gesture, physical condition.

• Notes on atmosphere/conditions and how it affects your behavior.

• Where am I going/where do I come from?

• Entrance planning.

Note: The actor should aim at developing his or her own technique based on life experience, acting training, and personal intuition.  All aspects of the above scene study technique will be explored in depth.  It is required that you familiarize yourself with all the scene study vocabulary and distinctions in technique class.  I highly recommended that you read Uta Hagen’s excellent book: RESPECT FOR ACTING.  In addition to having been trained by Miss Hagen personally in New York City, I happen to believe that this is the best, most comprehensive reference book on the craft of acting.

About Actors_Studio_Hollywood

Eric Stone also known as artist Philippe Benichou first studied privately in New York with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, William Hickey, Tony Allen, Austin Pendleton & Bob Mc Andrew from the Wynn Handman Studio. Eric is well versed in most major acting techniques and ideas of the 20th Century including the Meisner and Russian actor and director Michael Checkhov Techniques. Michael Checkov was famous playwright Anton Checkov's cousin. Eric Stone was made an Honorary member of the famed New York Actors Studio in 1981 and was accepted as a student in Uta Hagen's highly acclaimed scene study class that same year. In addition, Mr. Stone was privileged to work with Judith Unland in New York. Ms. Unland had been a private student of Michael Checkhov. "Michael Checkhov's breakthrough work in freeing the actor has greatly influenced me and still continues to amaze me." Eric Stone Eric Stone first began teaching in 1983 and has contributed to the growth and success of many actors and performers including some well known stars in the US and abroad. As his acting, directorial and coaching skills began to represent a potent body of distinctions, Eric realized it was time to make his discoveries and love of acting more public. He founded the Eric Stone Studio in 1989 in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and began touring with weekend workshops around the country. An ongoing program was designed via classes, privates, intensive workshops and seminars. His sheer passion for artistic expression and his relentless pursuit of freeing the actor led Eric to establish a permanent actor's studio. A safe, clean, non-gaming, healthy, creative and empowering "arena" for people to hone, discover and challenge their spirits to more desirable heights of experience. This approach is focused entirely on training the individual artist not delivering a general system to a group or mass. It is the strength, success and competitive edge of this training. By aiming straight at the individual, it becomes easier to understand the actor's specific needs, talents and possible problem areas.
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