The emotion that drives the scene. It creates a forward momentum, under the dialogue and Cover Behavior.
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As actors, we have a unique opportunity to develop our inner life through our imagination, artistry and focus.
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Good acting comes from the application of technique. Mature acting comes from the way we think about the script. The way we extrapolate from it. Combining it with our own understanding of life. Mature Interpretation is a result of who we have become as people.
We see plenty of strong actors, with fluent emotional instruments, who give good performances,
When we find reasons in the text to disempower our character, we “take the bait.” Remember: the writer has given the character problems to bring out his or her deeper resources. Intelligence, humor, perseverance, charm, sexuality and courage. Most of all courage. And, of course, this applies to life as well. Our problems can bring out our own deeper resources.
When we’re not really Engaged, we tend to Illustrate our ideas about the scene. We know what the writer is trying to say about the character, or the relationship, and we find some obvious way to portray it. Either with a line reading, or gesture, or a piece of business of some kind.
It works okay, but it isn’t really a pleasure.