Acting Definitions

What is the “Pick-an-Eye Technique”?

What is the “Pick-an-Eye Technique”? An unofficial name for a brilliant acting technique (by Jim Webb) You probably already know who Michael Caine is from all his many roles in films like The…

What is the “Repetition Exercise”?

What is the “Repetition Exercise”? There are several objectives that the Repetition Exercise seeks to achieve. Chief among these is to increase the actor’s reliance on their instincts. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) The “Repetition…

What is the “Private Moment Exercise”?

What is the “Private Moment Exercise”? The concentration that it takes to have a private moment in public, empowers the actor to bring a higher level of concentration to a character (by Tonya…

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  • What is “Type”?

    What is “Type”? You have to know exactly what you’re selling in order to consistently make the sale (by Tonya Tannenbaum) An actor’s “type” generally refers to the category or categories that the…

    What is a “Student Film”?

    What is a “Student Film”? It is the making of the film itself, rather than the content of the film, that usually provides the educational value (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Chris Murray/Unsplash) A…

    What are “Profiles”?

    What are “Profiles”? Profiles give casting a more complete picture of how the actor looks when performing on-camera (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Profiles are a request for additional information about an actor’s appearance, particularly…

    What is a “Sense Memory”?

    What is a “Sense Memory”? Armed with a sense memory, the actor’s experience is no longer rooted in fantasy. It is now real to them. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Aliya Jamous/Unsplash) Sense memory…

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    The Types of Actor Headshots

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    What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”?

    What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”? Regardless of what one might call them, these changes are usually necessary for a thorough evaluation of the actor’s fitness for the role being cast (by Tonya…

    What is “Slating”?

    What is “Slating”? The slating process makes it easier for casting to keep track of each actor’s name and match it to their performance as they review audition tape (By Tonya Tannenbaum) The…

    5 Basic Facts About Method Acting

    5 Basic Facts About Method Acting Method Acting refers to a collection of training techniques meant to aid actors in the understanding and building of their characters (By Jim Webb) Method acting is…