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Acting Secrets

I think Brando liked to dick with people who asked him about his technique. You hear so many of these tales where he deprecates his ability; maybe he was saying those things to brush off questioners so he could keep his process private.   For example, watch his work in “Last Tango in Paris“, at […]

Being an Actor: Weird Stuff, Part Five

Reading the callboard   “Casting female lead, late 20s.” “Casting mother of lead. Mid-30s.”   Is this film or porn?  You just want hot chicks without any reference to reality?  I mean, how often do 7 year olds have babies?

Being an Actor: Weird Stuff, Part Four

  On set of indie film #3   Set up for a take.  Lighting set, actors ready.   We’re shooting in a neighborhood.  The location scout had no way of knowing that the neighbor halfway down the street would start a woodworking project at 7:00 in the morning on a week day.  But the neighbor […]

Being an Actor: Weird Stuff, Part Three

    On camera for indie feature #2. Here’s an example of a not-actor not-doing her not-job.  Because she’s not an actor; she’s a line-sayer.  She’s only on screen because she has nice tits and good enunciation.  She has no emotional depth.  Oh, I shouldn’t rant before I tell the story. So, Actor Midge (playing […]

Being an Actor: Weird Stuff, Part Two

On camera for an indie feature. Two characters sitting in the kitchen peeling potatoes and talking about the husband of one of them.  They get to the end of the “text,” as we call it.  The dialogue, the lines, the scene, the script, the shooting script, the end of the scene, okay, okay.   Actors […]

Being an Actor: Weird Stuff

In the trailer with Laurie In between scenes.  She is playing a character who is about to find out her son is dead.  I am not in this next scene; so, I am eating potato chips and watching Laurie prep.  She is rolling on the floor, moaning, sobbing, grasping her stomach, crying her eyes out […]

Red Leather

It’s a good thing that I used to practice the actors’ tongue twisters.  You know.  Well, maybe you don’t.   Red leather, yellow letter, Red leather, yellow letter, Red leather, yellow letter, Red leather, yellow letter, Red leather, yellow letter, Good blood, bad blood, Eleven benevolent elephants, The big, black-backed bumblebee, A critical cricket critic, […]

Zombies at South by Southwest

Although broke, I wanted to go to the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, for the world premiere of an indie film in which I played one of the key characters. So, I put out a call to the Seattle film community for folks who wanted to share a hotel room in Austin. […]

Actress Wanted: Large Breasts

Being an Actor Kinda Sucks   We spend a lot of time perfecting our instrument.  We spend money—hard to find—taking classes to keep in tune when we’re not working.  We spend time—hard to find—training ourselves in new skills when we are working.   What do I mean by “our instrument?”  Our collective voice.  Actors are […]

The Meisner Technique, Part One

  We actors love to talk about honesty.  And techniques to create honesty…well, to be quite honest, some actors like to talk about techniques to simulate honesty. Somebody like Robert Duvall, he just disappears into his characters.  Every time I see him in a movie, I still have to ask myself, “Who is that actor?”  […]

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