Film: What is a Table Read?

Hello everyone!

Today, I will be talking about table reads.

So, what is a table read?  A table read is defined as an organized reading around a table where speaking parts are conducted.

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The first table read starts before filming begins. It is an essential part to the script and allows the writers to sharpen and tune in on the dialogue as well as make screenwriting adjustments.

The table read is useful so the creative team can hear how it plays. For example, reading it aloud can help to see if a punch line in the dialogue is actually comedic. Otherwise, it can be changed to actually be funny.

The first table read allows the actors to read the script for the first time rather than just jumping straight into filming. They can gain insight on their character and the role they play in the film.

Overall, a table read is an important part of pre-production and is very useful for the whole production. Some argue it is just as important as an audition and actors can get fired at a table read if they aren’t reading loud enough or putting their full performance into effect.

Film: How to record a self-tape audition

Many film actors have to record a self-tape audition for a role. A self-tape audition is an audition that an actor films on their own to submit remotely.

It is requested by a casting director and they will give you information about your role such as the sides, instructions and deadlines but it is up to you to film it, edit it and turn it in on time to them. So, how do you do this?

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Here are the steps on how to:

Step 1: Get the materials you will need. 
– Tripod or a stack of books to set up your phone.
– Good lighting. A window works for this.
– A reader. Sometimes this is required, other times it is not.
– A phone to film and something to edit your work with. This could be what comes with your electronic device.

Step 2: Set up.
            Set up your tripod and adjust your camera. The frame should be from just above your head to right above your hips. Make sure you can hear yourself and see yourself clearly before filming. If you are using a reader tell them to take a couple steps away from where the camera is setup. The reader should not be seen and should never be louder than the actor. 

Step 3: Start filming.
          Start filming your sides. Normally, you should be off-book and have your lines memorized. Try filming it a couple times to get the best results. Never look at the camera while filming the sides. Instead imagine a person to the side but right behind the camera. If there is a reader, look at the reader. Make sure your face is seen. Only look directly at the camera when you film the slate.

Step 4: Edit. 
Once you are done filming start to edit your video. I usually edit on my computer with the photos video editor that came with the computer. Edit out any bloopers or messups and then save the video. After that, submit it.

You have filmed your self-tape audition. Good luck! I hope you get the part.

 

 

Theatre: How to control stage fright

Hello all!

Today, I will show you how to control and overcome stage fright.

Stage fright is not an easy thing and can be very frightening. Stage fright symptoms include a racing pulse, rapid breathing, sweaty hands, trembiling of hands, knees, lips, and voice, dry mouth, nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach.

This is very serious and can seriously affect someone. So here are 6 steps to overcome stage fright:

  1. Choose a goal.
    The first step in overcoming stage fright is having your goal in mind. Whether it is a speech or a performance you want to have a clear intention about what you want to tell the audience. Try not to let your thoughts scatter and focus on that goal.
  2. Pick a focal point. 
    When you walk onto that stage, pick a focal point to send all your nervous energy towards. Stage fright is all a mental game. When you choose a focal point you are tricking your mind into thinking that you have let go of all your anxiety. Image result for stage fright
  3. Breathe intentfully.
    When you are nervous your breathing tends to get out of hand without you realizing it. The anxiety you are having is affecting your breathing and when you are nervous your breath tends to get faster and shallower. This is what you DON’T want to happen. Instead, breathe intentfully and allow a pause inbetween your sentences to focus on your breath. This will really help to get rid of your nerves.
  4. Release muscle tension.
    When you get anxious your body tends to tighten everything. This means our muscles contract and squeeze. Even your stomach gets tight and this is terrible for blood flow and anxiety. To get rid of this, try progressivley relaxing your body. This means start from the top of your head and release all the tension slowly, muscle by muscle, until you have reached your toes. Drop your tongue from the roof of your mouth and just relax.
  5. Tell yourself something positive.
    This goes with step 1. After you have your goal in mind encourage yourself. Remind yourself of something positive. This could be something simple like “You got this.” This will allow you to be proud of how far you’ve come and words of encouragement can really make your nerves cease.
  6. Use your anxiety to your advantage.
    Anxiety can sometimes be a good thing. If you look at anxiety with a different perspective, you can actually find that if you use your anxiety to pump yourself up your performance will go better. So, try this nextime.

 

Try all of these steps next time you have to do a performance or say a speech and remember everyone gets nervous so relax and you got this!

 

Highlights of Summer! (Why is Summer coming to a close?)

Hello all,

I am SO sorry for not posting in the longest time. Summer has been crazy! So many amazing things have happened to me and I am so excited to share it with all of you.

Highlights of Summer:

1. I went to Utah!

In Utah we rode around on forwheelers and we hiked mountains and rolled down sand dunes. It was so much fun!

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2. I traveled to Canon City!

Canon city was so fun! We went on a train, took so many beautiful pictures, went white water rafting and went to the Royal Gorge Bridge!!!

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3. I started a YouTube channel. (Well, two actually)!

This summer, I started two youtube channels, one with my cousin Korah and one of just me!

On these channels I do acting skits and challenges, along with some other random videos!

I would love for you to check them both out here:

My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-ltdPN3YbsfnvLvzcFoTA

My YouTube Channel with my cousin: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4M14u4JFeHOx_XJxlY_QKQ

I am going to try to start posting more on here!

Have a great day!

 

My Passion for Acting…

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I have always had a passion for acting. From when I first started when I was six until now. I have fallen in love with it.  I think I love Acting so much because it is becoming a character that is a part of you. It is a way to express emotions, show thoughts, and be yourself.

When I first started acting, I was shy and spoke very quietly. Now, I am more myself and acting has brought me contentment and energy that I have never had before.

For my career in the future, I would love to act. My dream has always been to become a movie actress, so this is what I am pursuing.  I want to become a movie actress because you can be a character that is a part of your life. I think that it would be AMAZING to do this so if you have any tips for becoming one, comment down below.

I first started this blog so I could share my path with all of you and to help you strive for something that you have always dreamed of. Whether it is engineering, science, animals, etc. Pursue your passion!

Whatever makes you happy is your passion. It is part of who you are so chase it.

Comment down below what you do for a living, or what you want to do with your life ahead of you. I would love to know!

Theatre: How to Project

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Projecting is one of those things that takes time to get the hang of it. When you first start acting, you aren’t used to using your voice in a way in which everyone can hear. Some people have an even harder time than others because they are shy or speak very quietly.

Here are some quick tips on how to project:

Step 1: Don’t be afraid to use your voice. In theatre, your voice is your tool. You use it to express emotions and to tell a story. Use your voice and great results will come out of it.

Step 2: Don’t scream. Projection is not a scream. It comes from your lungs and very deep in your throat. When you speak your chest is contributing to a big portion of your projection. Then think about speaking loudly, in a very clear voice.

Step 3: Practice in front of a mirror. See yourself physically speaking loudly. Also speak in front of other people and get tips for them. Most of the time you can’t hear yourself so try to have other people hear it for you.

Step 4: Hear your voice bounce back while you are performing. Most stages (that are indoor) have a concave looking circle at the back of the theatre. This was purposefully made so the actors could hear their voice bounce back. This sounds sort of like an echo. So, if you can hear your voice bounce back then you are speaking loud enough for everyone to hear. If not, try to speak a little louder.

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It is officially 2019! Here are my new years resolutions.

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New Years resolutions:

  1. Get better at acting and apply for acting opportunities.
  2. Do Crossfit more and become stronger in every aspect.
  3. Draw more.
  4. Go on more adventures.
  5. Do well in school.
  6. Read more.
  7. Have the fun of a lifetime.
  8. Blog and attain new followers that can come on my journey with me.
  9. Be kind and help others.

12 Days Of Theatre and Art

Today, is the first day of 12 days of Theatre and Art and I’m so excited to share with you all the fun things we are going to do until Christmas day. For the first one, I have a song.

12 Days Of Theatre and Art:

On the 12 days of Theatre and Art, my body did for me

One Dramatic Fall

Two Sketches

Three Running Jumps

Four Paintings

Five Entrances

Six designs

Seven cold glares

Eight Still lives

Nine Vocal Cracks

Ten Watercolors

Eleven Costume changes

and..

Twelve Finished Art

Theatre Game: Famous People

Here is a fun theatre game called Famous People.

What you need:

Chairs

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Whiteboard, chalkboard

 

How to play:

  1. Set up two or three chairs in front of a whiteboard / chalkboard. Have the chairs face the Audience with their backs facing the writing surface.
  2. Ask two or three volunteers to sit in the chair.
  3. Behind each volunteers head write down three famous celebrities. The audience should be able to see them but not the volunteers.
  4. The goal is for the volunteers to guess which celebrity they are by asking simple “yes” or “no” questions to the audience. If the response is a “yes” that volunteer gets to keep asking questions to the class. If it is a “no” then the turn is passed onto the next volunteer. (Sample questions could be “Am I male?” Am I a child?” “Am I green?” and so on.)
  5. The game continues until the volunteers guess who they are.

 

Tips:

  • If you are rehearsing a specific play or musical consider using only characters in that script.
  • Instead of characters you could also choose famous places.
  • For a class, consider trying a tournament scenario where the first volunteer to guess who they are is the “ultimate winner” and the other winners compete in a final round to see who is “champion.”

 

 

 

Theatre: How to pretend to die on stage

One of my favorite parts of acting is when you get to die on stage.

You are allowed to make it the most dramatic or most subtle death and I think it’s really fun. So here are the steps to how to do so:Image result for death on stage

Violent death:

  1. Choreograph the steps leading up to the death. Nobody wants to get injured on stage in a pretend death, so always have steps leading up to the death that everyone follows. Many deaths though have a violent fight leading up to the death. Make sure you understand your character so you can engage in the struggle prior to your death.
  2. Determine what to do at the moment of impact. Depending on the way your character dies, there are many actions to take on this part. For example, if your were stabbed, you would probably fall forward onto the person stabbing you rather than if you were shot, you would fall backwards. Consider the death of your character carefully so you can make it the most believable.
  3. Collapse to the stage. After your character has been shot, stabbed or injured, fall to the stage. If you are standing by yourself and you didn’t die in someones arms to help you down to the stage, you will have to fall by yourself. To prevent the risk of injuries try this in stages. For example, fall to your knees and then the stage or fall with your hands out in front of you and then to the side. To make it the most realistic make your body go limp when you fall rather than awkward gestures and movements.

Non-violent death:

  1. Find the right position. If your character is dying from cancer or old age you’ll likely be in a bed or a chair. However, if you are dying of a heart attack you will have to fall from standing position. Understand the moment of death to make it realistic.
  2. Determine the amount of pain your character is experiencing. When you are dying, know the pain of the cause of death so it shows in your face and your body gestures. Make the death subtle and don’t over exaggerate. Just take sharp inhales of breath and grimace while clutching the area that hurts the most.
  3. If you have final lines, deliver them quietly. When you are playing a character who dies of a natural death, they will most likely barely be able to speak so deliver them quietly maybe with an added sharp breath to indicate that you are almost dead. When you are delivering these lines, don’t actually go to a whisper, still speak loud enough so the audience can hear.

The Aftermath:

  1. Choose a convincing final position. When you die, make sure the audience can still see you, don’t face your back to them, unless it is a part of the scene and open up your body, so it is exposed. This will make you feel more open and dead.
  2. Keep still. No one’s going to believe a dead body when they are moving around. Your other cast members need to believe that you are actually dead so they can convey their emotions after your death.
  3. Take shallow breaths. If you are breathing deeply, you will be noticed and could interrupt the scene. Try to take shallow breaths, as if you were sleeping and keep your mouth closed.

Hope this helps all of you when you get to die on stage!