There is a thin line between stage acting and on – camera acting. Whether it is Theatre, Film or TV, the acting and character has to be believable.
In theater, you have to be heard by the back row of the audience, therefore projection is necessary. TV and film, there are several other criteria to consider. Let’s take a look at the difference between stage and on-camera auditions and how an actor can shift from one medium to the other.
Acting for screen is subtle
Remember that camera will catch any nuance, any subtle move and emotion. The minutest of details will be there, on the screen, captured in a beautiful way without any exaggeration. While in theater you are not close to the audience, you still need to deliver your lines and emotion that could be read by the mezzanine.
Keep your volume down!
Generally, people are too loud, they don’t even notice that themselves. The volume of your voice should be dictated by the circumstances of the scene. If the situation doesn’t require you to raise your voice, you should just talk in your normal manner. Just turn the volume down if you tend to be louder. Cameras are more intimate; it doesn’t always require you to shout. Using a regular speaking pattern will make your performance more intimate.
Memorize your lines
Last but not the least; memorize your line/dialogues. Casting directors want to sell you, not the part per se, therefore they need to see you and not just hear your voice reading the lines. Go through your script to know what the next line might be, however, don’t memorize it completely. Leave something out so that when you’re auditioning, some spontaneity would come to the fore.
The intensive and practical program we offer at Whistling Woods International teaches the art and craft of acting for cinema, thus ensuring that students are carefully nurtured and their individual abilities and talents are honed and trained to the fullest.
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