simple, simple, simple

  Part I. SIMPLE
    A. The art of ACTING.
    B. Intention of the AUTHOR.
    C. Pulse of the AUDIENCE.
    D. Prepare to be an important ACTOR.
    E. Your third eye is the DIRECTOR.
    F. Telling the STORY.
    G. For a play or movie, finding the STYLE.
    H. A purpose for every SCENE.
    I. Always have a performance PLAN.
    J. Always have a MANNER.
    K. Always have a sense of  RHYTHM.
    L. Understanding the CHARACTER.
    M. Learn how to act for the CAMERA.


              Making acting simpler:

                 Method rejected as cumbersome.

              The spine is simply part of who am I?

                Thrown out the golden box and the subtext.

                Junked the confrontation games that have students playing patty-cake.

                Discarding being bottles of milk, psychic encounters, primal screams... all drivel.

                Dumped the concepts of beats.

               character      keep it simple

            You don't have to work at what you are. You are already good at it.

    Look for simplification.

     Simple, honest, vocal.

     Don't start acting, once you remind audience you're an actor it's over.

     Simplicity is never that detailed.

    Do nothing, if you have to do everything.

            Audience supplies the story.


     Do less, camera blows it up.

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     Simpler the better.

     Don't pose or make pictures, always go back to emotion and objective.

     Use charm and good posture. Relax yourself.

     Too much means insecurity of actor.

     Once actor starts to see the character, it is wrong.

            Simple, clear, clean.


     Simple not busy, tell the story. Actors wit.

     Purpose of scene:

think simple, don't think plot.


audience is a child, you have to give it to them clear and simple to follow.
you have to physicalize it, audience won't understand it.

Simple: passion of a child.

            First beginner actors use tricks with face. They substitute that for feelings. Can't act with face.


     Art is simple.

     Always: speak clearly.      Audience can relate.
be sincere.
struggle. Emotions involvement.

     Play of language = simplicity simplicity simplicity.

           Cannot take every big moment and turn it into radio. Vocalize, make it loudly. The problem is to deal with big moments. They don't have to be loud.

  1. Modern tragedy: everything is simplified. People are stripped down to what is essential.
  2. Modern tragedy: they don't have to look real, real in essence, any action is simple.

  1. Comedy is a fine line, very minute. Extra things kill it. Don't try to get a laugh on each word. Simple, simple, simple until you get to the punch line. Throw a lot of stuff together, then a derailment.

"In the end, it can't look like acting."

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