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Unit 2: Acting Notes
Basics of Acting The actor has 3 main tools: Body—facial/physical gestures & body language Voice—subtext, dialect, etc. Mind—imagination, emotions, knowledge
Basic Acting Terminology Blocking: the actor’s movement onstage Open: actor is visible to the audience Cross: moving from one side of the stage to the other Projection: to be heard Diction: to be understood
Basic Acting Terminology Credibility: to be believable Variety: to be making a wide range of choices Motivation: specific reason for doing something Pantomime: acting with something that’s not really there
Basic Acting Terminology Improvisation: acting without planning it out Physicality: the way a person uses their body and/or moves Dialect: a set way of speaking one’s native language
Basic Acting Terminology Characterization: employing the physical/vocal attributes, mannerisms and personality traits of a specific person Breaking Character: letting your own personality/reaction come out while acting
Areas of the Stage Rule #1: When you are onstage and facing the audience, your left is stage left. Rule #2: When you are onstage walking towards the audience, you are going downstage. Rule #3: When you are in the house, facing the stage, your left is house left.
Wing Backstage Upstage Right Upstage Center Upstage Left Stage RightCenter StageStage Left Downstage Right Downstage Center Downstage Left House House House Left Center Right Apron Proscenium Wall Proscenium Line
Mime/Pantomime Mime is a specific art form. There is no talking the entire time. It’s completely silent storytelling. Pantomime skills can be used in any kind of performance. You are pantomiming every time you use your body alone to communicate something that’s not actually there; e.g. opening and closing an imaginary door The Mime Company
The “Be” Rules of Pantomime Be detailed. – Know the size, weight, location, etc. of everything. – For example, if you’re carrying something, how heavy is it?
The “Be” Rules of Pantomime Be accessible. – Use movements that can be seen and that will make sense to the audience. – For example, what gesture do people usually use to signify being on the phone?
The “Be” Rules of Pantomime Be consistent. – Keep the established details the same throughout the entire performance. – For example, if you are pantomiming opening and closing a door, make sure the door is in the same place and that the door knob doesn’t “move.”
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Voice Pronunciation: the way you say a word or phrase, esp. vowels and stress of syllables Standard American Pronunciation: the dialect taught for the stage for the purpose of having a “neutral” or basic starting point for any other American dialects, as well as for use in performances where no strong “regionalisms” are wanted
Voice Pitch: highness or lowness of your voice Inflection: change in pitch or tone Rate: the speed at which you speak Subtext: what you actually mean when you speak regardless of the words you’re using
Pitch Begin at a high pitch A little higher Now very low Now very high Speak at a medium pitch Again very low Lower Back to medium
Subtext Say the word “oh” with the inflection that conveys the meaning indicated: How lovely Really? Ouch! Now I understand.
Volume/Emphasis Stressing different words changes the meaning: WAS Dave going home? Was DAVE going home? Was Dave GOING home? Was Dave going HOME?
WAS Dave going home? – You said so, but did he really? Was DAVE going home? – Or was it Bill? Was Dave GOING home? – Or was he returning from there? Was Dave going HOME? – Or someplace else?
Rate The speed at which you talk suggests both age and emotion. Slow: old age, important ideas and/or the emotions of sorrow, reverence, deliberation, and doubt. Fast: youth and/or emotions of excitement, happiness, and anger Influenced by pause (time between words) and duration (time on specific sound)
Rate This pizza is delicious! I am proud to accept this honor. Oh my gosh, we won! I’m so tired.