some tips and techniques for acting

Given below are some acting tips and tricks which will prove to be useful for all aspiring actors.  Now, the basic question is: Who can become a famous and successful actor? The answer to this question is, it is the one who works hard on improving his skills and is able to connect with his audience would be the winner.

Useful Tips and Techniques

Understand the Script Thoroughly
Whether you wish to become a theater artist or a film artist, understanding the script is very important. You should sit with the directors, scriptwriters and the producers of the film and discuss each and every aspect of the story of the film with them.

Understand Your Character
After reading the script, you need to understand your character in particular. Try to understand the personality of the character, his behavior traits and think of how you will be preparing, so as to do justice to the character. All your factual doubts about the character should be cleared before the actual shooting for the film starts.

Memorize Your Dialogs or Lines
The dialogs or lines of a particular character are written after intense research, and an actor is expected to say them clearly and artistically on the sets during the live shooting. Many people find memorizing the dialogs very difficult, especially if they are too long. For memorizing long sentences, you can break them into parts and use signs and symbols to remember these parts. Stand in front of the mirror and practice to say the dialogs with perfection, confidence and ease.

Be Serious About the Rehearsals
You should participate in the rehearsals, even though you are a very good actor, in order to deliver the best shot at the time of the shooting of the film. Concentrate well and do not let your focus get diverted, while you are rehearsing. It is essential that you practice all the emotions multiple times, till you achieve perfection in them. You need to get involved in the character and place yourself in its place to play it successfully. Every time you give a shot in the rehearsals, go to the director’s desk and check out the video presentation. Discuss with the director, the various shortcomings in your shot and try to improve them in the next shot. Do not give up, till you get it completely right.

Face the Camera Confidently
Do not get nervous and maintain your cool when it is the time to give the final shot. You can meditate for a few minutes before your shot, if you face concentration problems. Try to solve your stage fright problem as early as possible, to make giant strides as a fantastic actor. Drama artists should be aware of the public speaking techniques, as they face the audience directly.

Though these acting tips and techniques will help you know the basics of acting, practical knowledge is a must to become a good actor. Consistency, Hard work and determination are the keys to succeed in the field of acting.

Go to Acting School

Books and websites are great for theory. But if you truly wish to be an actor, you have to follow it seriously as well as professionally.

A man who dreams of being a doctor doesn’t get off the bus in the city and say, “Well, I’m a doctor now.” He goes to school, pays his dues, and gets his degree. Same goes for the profession of acting. Find one of the best acting schools and improve yourself.

Scriptwriting

A scriptwriter must have the ability to invent, the literary talent to elevate language, the sensitive power of the senses and the creative power of the imagination. Along with shaping the beginning and end of a script, decorating the middle.

  1. How to start

    • Before you begin writing anything as a scriptwriter, start with an idea, the script’s main story, known as the plot. Take time to develop your concept and identify the points in the story that will grab the attention of a script reader or audience within the first few pages. People appreciate unique stories with compelling heroes and exciting conflicts.

    Script Development

    • Writing off the top of your head sometimes is ideal to capture a brief idea, but planning and preparation work can save the scriptwriter a lot of frustration and rework at a later time. Outlining and breaking down the dramatic elements of a story are well worth. Set of rules for the world you create and, make sure you follow them.

    Structure

    • The traditional organization of a script is a three-act structure. Structure in scriptwriting is about event choices and the sequences you use to arouse emotions and communicate the controlling idea. Acts include a beginning, the setup in which the situation is introduced and established, a middle, the conflict and complications that build to the crisis and climax, and an ending, the resolution and payoff. A script written for television (teleplay) is usually in a seven-act structure.

    Format

    • When formatting a script, the goal is a page that can be read quickly and easily. The standard font format is 12 pt. Courier or Courier New. Center the title in quotes at the top of page 1 and text should be ragged right, not justified. The following margin settings should be used in the body:

      Left margin: 1.5 inches (15 spaces from left edge of page)
      Right margin: 0.5 inches (about 8 spaces from right edge of page)
      Top margin: 1 inch
      Bottom margin: 1 inch

    Characters

    • Good scriptwriting is about alternating between the development of the story and the development of the characters. Characters are almost always someone you know or are familiar with. Think about a past teacher, friend or hairdresser. Once you have specific characters you want to include in your script, make these characters come to life. Give them special handicaps or traits. Great characters are the ones we love to cheer for and ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

      When you’re writing, and the story and characters just flow and spin off into new and unforeseen places, its wonderful!

 

Its time to act….

No matter your experience level, you can start building your acting resume right now; the opportunities are out there for landing your first role in theater. The great thing about acting is that virtually every community in the country has live theater in it or nearby.

You can just as easily call theaters in your area or check their websites. Open auditions, as the name implies, are open; they’re looking for new faces.

remain open

It’s important to remain open, both physically and emotionally when you are on stage. In terms of your body positioning, always angle your body out toward the audience if you’re not facing them outright. Any movements that require you to turn, always turn in the downstage direction. If you need to cross furniture, cross in front of it whenever possible. And as every actor knows, never leave your back turned to the audience. As many directors say, “They’re paying to see your face, not your behind.”

light

Much like finding your mark in film, finding your light on stage is a tricky technique. Unlike film, where a mark is set up specifically for an actor, lighting in a stage production is set up more generally – to light the scene. It’s up to you to find your light. The easiest way to do this is by feeling the light on your face and in your eyes. Stage lights are set from above, so when you step into your spot, per your blocking, feel where the light shines on you. Ideally, you should feel the heat of the light on your face and if you were to look up, you’d see the light angled at around your forehead. Be careful of standing directly under a hot light, however, as you will get “washed out” by the light’s glare.

combat

Stage combat, quite simply, is fighting on stage. Of course it is more complex than that. In order to stage a fight, actors must look convincingly as though they are fighting – whether hand-to-hand or with swords (generally rapiers or broadswords). Fight directors are hired to actually choreograph moves for any fight you see on stage or on screen. It’s a serious business; no one wants injuries! Once the actors learn their fight “dance,” it is up to them to bring the final element to the scene: the acting. It’s one thing to see an exciting wrestling match, punchfest, or duel, but the scene is raised to a higher level when the actors deliver the emotion of the moment with each blow.

Blocking

Blocking is the term used to describe where and how an actor moves on the stage during a play. Most playwrights incorporate basic blocking into their scripts. Since stages come in different sizes and may have different special needs, the director will draft out his/her own blocking before rehearsals begin. Blocking includes elements such as where an actor takes his place at the beginning of a scene, “crossing,” when an actor moves across the length of the stage to another actor or part of the set, and any action that asks an actor to employ the use of a prop.