Acting for film and television requires a different set of skills than acting on stage. The camera captures every tiny detail of your performance, from the subtlest facial expression to the slightest movement. This makes it important for us actors to have a strong understanding of how to deliver a powerful performance on camera. In this blog post, I'll share some tips and techniques based on how I work and approach an acting role.
One of the most important things an actor can do is to be present and in the moment. This means that you need to be fully engaged with your scene partner(s) and the circumstances of the scene. Being present will help you to react authentically to what is happening in the scene, rather than just reciting lines.
Use Your Eyes
The camera captures everything, so it's important to use your eyes to convey emotions and reactions. Your eyes are the windows to your soul, and they can convey a wide range of emotions. Use your eyes to make a connection with your scene partner and to convey the subtext of the scene.
When acting for the camera, it's important to be specific in your choices. This means that you need to make specific choices about your character's objectives, tactics, and emotions. The camera will capture even the smallest details, so being specific will help you to create a fully realized character.
Use Your Body
Your body is an important tool when acting for the camera. It can convey a lot of information about your character and their emotions. Be aware of your body language and how it can be used to convey your character's inner life.
Acting is not just about delivering lines, it's about listening and reacting. When you're acting for the camera, it's important to listen to your scene partner and react authentically to what they're saying. This will help to create a more realistic and compelling performance.
Acting for the camera requires a different set of skills than acting on stage. By being present, using your eyes, being specific, using your body, listening, and feeling comfortable in front of the camera, you can deliver a better and more truthful performance.