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The Film Director’s Acting and Blocking Mantra – Three Words!

My next 2 day workshop for film and TV directors is called Advanced Blocking and it’s on December 8 & 9 in Toronto. (Sponsored by Raindance Canada.) For more information please check out: http://bit.ly/PE7T78

The study of movement psychology found that ‘movement’ is controlled by deeper emotions. This means that ‘attitude and emotion can change movement’ as well as ‘movement can change emotion and attitude.’

Translated into filmmaking terms: “A character must be MOTIVATED before they will take action.” MOTIVATED being the key word!

I believe the three most important words, when it comes to the emotional directing  and physical blocking of actors, are: MOTIVE DETERMINES BEHAVIOR

Let’s break this down:

MOTIVE (Our inner world)

DETERMINES (Controls)

BEHAVIOR (Our outer world)

Let’s break this down even further:

What our needs are (MOTIVE)

Will decide (DETERMINES)

What action we take to fulfill our needs (BEHAVIOR)

And if we break this down into Text and Subtext:

MOTIVE (The Character Subtext)

DETERMINES (Will decide how an actor plays)

BEHAVIOR (The Script Text)

My next 2 day workshop for film and TV directors is called Advanced Blocking and it’s on December 8 & 9 in Toronto. (Sponsored by Raindance Canada.) For more information please check out: http://bit.ly/PE7T78

 

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