There are many forms of acting and acting on screen is much different from in theatre. If you are thinking of branching out and expanding your abilities, take a look at the following tips to ensure you are fit for the screen no matter the scenario.
Screen acting may seem like an easier option. With no live audience to put you under pressure and the ability to shoot a scene more than once, you may feel it is the best option for beginners. However, there is a completely different skill set involved and you must hone your skills to be the best of the best.
Cameras are far less forgiving than live performances, capturing every moment, expression and movement, which means you must be fully focused at all times.
While you may be able to stop and think, relax your expression or buy yourself time in a live performance, you have to be constantly aware of what you are doing in front of a camera. Working on your facial expressions is a great start, as you will have to portray the feeling of your character… even when you’re not speaking.
Expressive, emotive eye contact is key and allowing yourself to immerse fully in your role will help you achieve this. Pay close attention to your body language and tone of voice.
Theatre can be fun, and exciting, allowing you to go the extra mile. However, acting on screen requires less embellishment. Less is more in these situations. Drop the theatrics, strip back your performance and allow yourself to naturally fall into character… it will make for a much more believable performance.
Over-acting may be fitting for some situations, but bear in mind your audience and whether the dramatics will change the tone of the scene. You don’t want to wind up making a serious, heartfelt or sad scenario funny by mistake.
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