Acting

Outdoor Elements

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Skills Developed Concentration / Senses Created By UK Summary In film and theater, you bring outdoors to indoors. And as an actor, you must provide the audience the feel of the outdoor location.  You will have to give a feeling of snow, even if it is not there. You …

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Talking to Yourself

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Skills Developed Concentration Created By Uta Hagen Summary This is one of the great Uta Hagen acting exercise if you want to stay involved in the scene even when there is nothing to do.   In real life, we talk to ourselves all the time. You either speak out loud …

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2 Minute Scene

Level Intermediate & Up Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Skills Developed Created By Uta Hagen Summary This exercise gives instant material to practice. You don’t need any scene, brief, or script. Using this exercise you will have to recreate the 2 minutes of your life. The 2 minutes don’t have to be an intense instance like a …

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Listening Through Your Senses

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Skills Developed Sensitivity / Concentration Created By Meisner Summary Meisner felt that a lot of acting techniques make you think too much rather than making you do. And acting is all about doing. So let’s look at the Meisner acting exercise of listening. If you have watched video …

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Breathing

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Skills Developed Created By UK Acting Principles Summary Voice is the most important instrument for an actor. Take any great actor and you will realize how they use their voice for great effect. It’s not just the quality of the voice, but how they modulate it to convey …

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Vulnerability

Level Intermediate & Up Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Skills Developed Imagination / Emotional Mapping Created By UK Summary This exercise is a  modified version of the “how do I feel” exercise. In this acting exercise, you imagine a living person from your real life and tell them how you feel about them. Don’t worry …

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Professional Actors vs Amateurs

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Insight Skills Developed Understanding the Craft Written By Keary McCutchen Acting Principles Actors provide a specialized skill. Acting is difficult. Acting is more than memorizing lines. Acting is more than emoting. Film sets and stages are hostile environments that work against the actor. Training is vital to ensure …

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Specificity (Read/Watch First)

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Insight Skills Developed The Difference Between Acting, Indicating, and Emoting / Avoid Being One Note Written By Keary McCutchen Acting Principles There are 1 of 3 things we (the audience) see when watching an actor: 1. Acting, 2. Emoting, or 3. Indicating. Acting is behaving as if the …

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Good vs Bad Acting

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal None Competency Insight Skills Developed The difference between Acting, Indicating, Emoting Written By Keary McCutchen Acting Principles Acting is behaving as if the given circumstances of the script are actually happening to you. Truthful acting is identical to natural reactions in that it is effortless and not something we can …

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Mirror Excercise

Level Beginner Requirements None Rehearsal Once/Week Competency Empathy / Concentration / Imagination Skills Developed Behaving truthfully Created By Uta Hagen Acting Principles Acting is not pretending to do. Acting is not showing what you feel. Acting is trying to change, trying to get. Acting is doing. Nothing is something. Actors must be slaves to the …

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