Acting covers a multitude of areas: theater, television, advertisements, film. While acting classes use similar tools and techniques for students to develop the essential skills, the execution of the performance varies based on the stage.
- Film actors are not as flexible as theater actors in developing and performing the character they have to portray.
- Movie acting requires that actors have greater control over their body and gestures. On-screen movements are magnified much more than an on-stage performance, so every little motion is noticed and captured.
- With on-screen performances, every imperfection is far more noticeable on camera. Many may agree that the camera adds ten pounds, but it does more than that.
- Exaggerated movements can be an on-screen actor’s worst enemy. But the absence of it makes their job much harder. Film actors may find it more difficult to convey emotions and portray the true essence of the character. Instead, they must rely on nuances such as a lifted eyebrow or a distinctive habit that is unique to the character.
At The Playground, we use a number of techniques to prepare our students for a variety of roles. We use techniques from big names in the industry such as:
- Michael Chekhov
- Konstantin Stanislavski
- Stella Adler
- Uta Hagen
- Lee Strasberg
- Viola Spolin
- Sanford Meisner
The Meisner Technique is widely used in preparation for film acting. This technique helps actors get in touch with the emotions of their role by picturing the scenario and themselves or their loved ones in it. Method Acting is another technique often used as well where the actor tries to mimic the exact feelings of the character they are playing.
Whichever method is used, the key to exceptional performance is to be convincing. And at The Playground, we can help you develop the right skills to act in film.