Note To Teachers

I think that the saying, "Those who can do, those who can't teach," is a great misrepresentation of teaching, especially in the arts, and perhaps in all fields. A better way of putting it would be, "Those that do it the best have a responsibility to teach." All acting teachers that I know who are worth their salt are excellent actors in their own right, and therefore, this book is written for teachers as well. If you are unfamiliar with the techniques, particularly in the first section of the book, then I would suggest only using them after you have explored them through the filters of your own acting technique. They can unleash a wave of creative power that you have to be prepared to guide your students through. The only way you'll be able to do that is through your own personal experience.

I teach a course at the School of Visual Arts called Acting for Film, on which this book is loosely based. The students who I teach are first-year aspiring filmmakers, and they are required to study acting as part of their curriculum. They are often unwilling participants, having thought that opting for a career behind the camera would excuse them from experiencing what happens in front of it. It never ceases to amaze me that once they have been taught to be in contact with their own inner lives through the relaxation, they can be taught to express that inner life through the senses. Then, through a character and text, many of them discover a talent that they didn't know they had, and they continue to study acting.

Acting in front of the camera has widened the field of people who could possibly be actors. You no longer need a large voice or gregarious personality to get out there on the stage to be seen and heard. The camera has privatized acting to enclose a much smaller circle that is concentrated closer to the person playing the part, rather than the part itself. I mention this to teachers, because there might be students in your class who desperately want to act, but are too shy to project outward and perform. It's possible ยง that their voice is so soft that it cannot be heard, and although they do their best work sotto voce, they are still compelling to watch. These students can ^ be very frustrating, but they shouldn't be left by the wayside; they might | have the makings of very good film actors. ^

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