All newly update lessons reveal to students how professionals direct actors on set for convincing, authentic performances.
And as with all FilmSkills Academic lessons, the new location lessons come complete with test questions, fully illustrated companion text, and downloadable contracts and forms students can use on their own productions.
- What is the actor’s role in preparing a character?
- What is subtext and how can the director and actor find this inner meaning of a scene
- What is intent and how does it shape the actor’s motivations
- What is back story and how do you craft the proper history for a character?
- How to conduct a table read
- What should happen during the first rehearsal
- What is the actor’s responsibility during rehearsals
- What is the director’s responsibility during rehearsals
- Tips, tricks and techniques for helping actors give you the best performance
- Advice from working Hollywood directors
The Language of Directing Actors
- How to establish trust and communication with your actors
- How to know what you want
- The language of acting
- What to do when you’re not getting the performance you want on set
- The actor/director relationship
- The types of directors
Directing Actors on Set
In this lesson, students learn what to say to an actor at the beginning of every scene – within 30 seconds before they call action and 30 seconds after you call cut, learn how to rehearse on set, establish strong blocking, and how to help actors balance their performance with the technicalities of film production.
The director is the only life line to the actors, and what they say can make or break an actor’s performance.
This lesson covers:
- What to say to an actor 30 seconds before you call “Action”
- What to say to an actor immediately after calling “Cut”
- The three points that lead to fail-proof direction
- How to balance performance with picture
- The most common mistakes directors make
- How to avoid and resolve these mistakes
In this lesson, students learn how to find extras, the right way to direct them, how to cheat them on set, liability concerns and how to avoid them, logistics on the shooting day, and the most common problems filmmakers encounter when working with extras.
- How to cast extras
- How to cheat extras to increase their numbers on screen
- Logistics the day of the shoot
- Liability issues and how to avoid them
- How to direct extras