Theater to Film

Train to transition from stage to set

Making the transition from stage acting to film acting is not difficult. Prior theater and/or stage training has immeasurable lasting value. Learn how to adapt it for film.

 

 

 

 

 

THEATER TO FILM

Although a different objective than film acting, the training is still acting training. Training in thearter helps immensely because it teaches actors to work with and learn from masters of writing about relationships and characters. Understanding the deep complexities of people and their struggles in life and love is a tremendous foundation to work from. 
Many say it is difficult to do. It is not difficult. It simply requires an understanding of what the audience will see and hear. Generally, in a stage performance, the audience is live and are going to the show knowing that this will be the only time in history this performance will be exactly like it is. Everything that happens, will happen only once, like it or not. The audience takes those memories and emotions with them after the show. Great stage actors give everything they have, every bit of themselves to that performance, so that memory will last many, many years. That performer must touch everyone in the building. Not everyone is seated the same distance from the performer. Not everyone can see and hear the exact same thing. The performer must reach all seats, all people. In film, everyone is in the same seat. Everyone sees and hears the same thing. If the stage only had one seat, and one audience member, think how much more intimate the performance would be. It really is that simple. But like most habits, years of training to reach the back wall, can creep back into a film actor's work. Actors in film must work constantly to reinforce this intimate form of working. And because the film actor doesn't have to use as much energy to reach the entire room, that energy can now be focused to reach that one audience member more deeply.