Acting Techniques

The Knock-at-the-Door Exercise

The Knock-at-the-Door Exercise Its main purpose is to introduce actors to “imaginary circumstances” (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Adrienn/Pexels) The Knock-at-the-Door Exercise is an acting exercise, where one actor engages in a serious, consequential…

The Mirror is Not Your Friend

The Mirror is Not Your Friend Why you should never rehearse in front of your mirror (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Phinehas Adams/Unsplash) Do you rehearse your lines in front of a mirror? Do…

There is Power in Your Eyelids

There is Power in Your Eyelids  How using your eyelids can captivate an audience (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Craig Adderley/Unsplash) One of the first rules-of-thumb when it comes to on-camera acting technique is…

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  • Memory vs. Imagination: Which Approach Works Best?

    Memory vs. Imagination: Which Approach Works Best? Actors have many different devices for achieving magic (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Ben Sweet/Unsplash) How should an actor work-up the emotions needed to perform a scene…

    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…

    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…

    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) (Photo by Vadim…

    What are Animal Exercises?

    What are Animal Exercises? An actor can study how an animal or animals move and, then, use some of those movements when preparing to capture the physicality of their character (by Tonya Tannenbaum)…