Film Training

Train to be a working actor in film 

Film acting is a very unique style of acting. There are different styles of acting just as there are different styles of music. Different styles of music require different uses of instruments.






In music, there is classical and there is contemporary, two completely different styles. Although they are both music, they both use the same notes of a scale, both are melodic, but they are produced in a vastly different way. Film acting is a contemporary style because it is really a somewhat new avenue for storytelling which started a little more than 100 years ago. Very new if compared to the theater, which has been around since 5 BC. Another uniqueness to film acting is that it is not live. There may be an audience present, but the work, and final product for the actor, is what goes on tape. And that tape is to be played at a later time. In early years of this contemporary style of acting, the camera was stationary and the films seemed very much like watching a stage play. As directors understood more about the camera and the process of filmmaking, the stories started to look more like real life. The audience is no longer in one place, but can be under the actor, on top, circling, very close, very far away, and even change between those in an instant. Daniel says it like this, "The film actor must understand that unlike a live audience, the camera represents a viewer who's body location is not always relevant to what it sees and hears. It can be far away, yet see and hear as if it were an inch from your face." Understanding this subtlety is imperative for a film actor. When someone is 6 inches from your face, you don't need to push your inner thoughts. Trust that the director is seeing it. That being said, a great film actor can never lie. That is the blessing and the curse of a film actor. They must be real. They must commit to the truth of the character and what they they are fighting for. The film actor must also be trained to the point where they don't necessarily need rehearsals. The fact is, film actors may not every get one rehearsal before they land on set. Often times they may not even know their scene partner until that time as well. Compared to theater, filming moves is a a very quick pace. Directors rely on the actors showing up ready to perform and shoot right away. It also is not uncommon for actors on a film set to be given new lines when they show up to shoot that same day. Production may also change the scene, or even the location from what they scheduled to shoot that day to something completely different. Some of the language directors use is specific to film acting as well. Film actors must know common phrases such as cheating, back to one, faming, etc it is a must for any actor to be considered for hire in film.

The bottom line is - training is an absolute necessity in order to be a working film actor. The training for film acting must be focused on film acting.
"If a musician wants to play in a symphony, he shouldn't study music from a pop star."