Television Acting VS Theater Acting Brainstorm the difference between television acting and theater acting “Lyts, Camera, ACTING!” Choose a scene from a favorite drama and show how it was presented on television. Afterwards, the scene will be redone in theater style. Comment on the acting styles adapted by each group.
Television Acting VS Theater Acting Performed in front of cameras Performed in a theater, in front of a live audience Aim is to make acting lifelike (smaller) Very little movements Aim is to portray a role larger than life No room for mistakes The camera and the director do much of the work Jobs different from those in theater The director is the boss No need for long rehearsals to develop the roles Rehearsals give the actors a chance to develop their roles
Television Acting VS Theater Acting Making a TV drama is more complex The producer is the boss Scene shots are not in proper order Performance done from first scene to the last Acting may only take a few minutes The rest of the time spent waiting for crew to setup the shot A good director can make a terrible actor look brilliant. A bad director can make a brilliant actor look terrible.
Realism Acting book incomplete without mentioning Constantine Stanislavski Born in Moscow January 17 , 1863 as Constantine Alexeiev Stanislavski is a stage name from a Polish actor Formed the Moscow Art Theater (MAT) – most important 20th Century Theater “Russian Revolution” Before him acting was rhetoric, stiff and dcelamatory Age of Realism: birth of truth in acting Naturalism
Realism: A style of Acting Focus was the actor’s inner life Realism was the way to act. – Stanislavski “Method” actors: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Johnny Delgado, Christopher de Leon, Gina Alajar, Nora Aunor Reputation of Realism Actors: being “inwardly” concerned that they have lost sight of the external importance of the craft. Other actors rebelled against Realism – creating a generation of self indulgent actors who couldn’t do other styles
Realism: A style of Acting Realism – acting which looks for truth and believability. Focus: own character’s “inner life” Awareness of objectives, motivations – hidden objectives – of character. External & Psychological stimuli Actors seem they are the characters they play. Events seem real; time is real Rebelled against external, declamatory theatric Called “system” not “method” Many styles sprung from the system.
Stanislavski believes that: Movement and thought cannot be separated. The system is not a guarantee to make great actors. Acting cannot be taught. The system is a means (process), not an end. The system prepares an actor for the elusive gift – Inspiration!!
Methods of Realistic Acting / Specific Manifestations: 1. Relaxation An actor’s greatest enemy is tension First step to acting is to RELAX Does not mean lifeless, dull, lazy energy Meant to be the heightened readiness an actor has to spring into action Acting becomes tiring, wooden and predictable when tense. Relaxation allows actors to release their movements, thoughts, emotions FREELY & ORGANICALLY.