The Observation Exercise

In my classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, I'm usually teaching first-year film and animation students a required course in acting. What this generally means is that they don't want to be in front of the camera, but in some capacity behind it. They come with the notion that acting is just something that certain types of people do well, and they are not aware that there is any technique or process involved. In my professional workshops, I often encounter people who want to be...

The Actor And The Rushes

Viewing rushes for an actor is an acquired taste, and many actors do not want to see the rushes at all. They feel it makes their performance too self-conscious. Many, however, especially stars, demand it and have the right to be present written into their contracts. They want to maintain quality control over their work and voice their opinions about the direction the film is taking. Only stars of great popular value can place themselves in such a 2 position. oi Besides, a lot of directors feel...