the 3 steps shown here in getting ready
to act in
front of a camera, because you only have about three seconds to get into character as the
clap board is put in front of you.
Step one: Who am I?
|| Who the
character thinks they are.
|| Give "Who am I?" a triggering tag name to the
history you have given your character, "doctor, policeman, lawyer, etc."
|| So, when you say
am I? "A doctor", it triggers the life history you have planned for your
character. "He is married, is a great lover, but
is unhappy at his job, etc".
Step two: What do I feel?
Then start body with emotion.
|| Breathe in, then out with
emotion you have picked for the character,
"desire, grief, joy,
greed, regret, awe, etc"...
|| So, you say to yourself,
what do I feel?
You only do the emotion
once, don't keep repeating the
to yourself. You have trained the body, it will take over.
Step three: What do I want?
going, next comes objective.
Start thinking only the objective over and over. Always think of a selfish
objective for the character, "to keep the money, to win his confidence, to
get the girl, etc"..
say, what do I want? "To win his confidence, to win
his confidence, to win his confidence, to win his confidence... Exclusion to everything else.
Acting is a controlled
When the director yells 'C-U-T',
you are no longer the character.
"In the end, it
can't look like acting."