Film acting has a whole different array of skills and
practices than does the stage. Film acting covers a wide range of situations.
From a spaceship traveling through space, to microscopic people traveling
through a blood vein, the camera and movie techniques can extend to
farther regions that a written play for the stage.
One of the first things you will need to know and apply to film acting,
which is not involved in theater, is how to play to play or act to the
camera. In order to do so effectively, you should keep the following
ideas in mind:
· Know where the camera (or cameras) are at all times. You can
give the best performance of your life, but it will go unappreciated
if the camera cannot see your face.
· Know what the camera is trying to capture. If the camera is
filming a long shot of you off in the distance, concentrating on arching
your eyebrow to convey emotion will just be a waste of time since the
camera cannot see such close detailing.
· Know where the other actors and props are located in relation
to the camera. If you step too far forward or back, your body or a simple
gesture, such as waving your hand, can block the cameras view of another
While filming, you will not have the luxury of an audience feedback
to guide you. But rather, the director, camera operator and other technicians
will be some of the few people present during your scene. Thus, you
need to use your imagination to a wider extent, and project emotions
to the unblinking eye of the camera.
And undoubtedly, you will also face the unique challenge of acting scenes
out of order. Most directors will shoot their show or movie in the order
that is most financially convenient. For example, if the first and last
scene of a film is on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California,
then the director will most likely have both scene shot during one trip
to the location. There is little sense in dragging the whole crew of
makeup artists, actors, technicians, etc, to California twice. So, consequently,
you may be performing the last scene of the movie on your first day
To ensure consistency and make the story communicable to an audience
who is viewing the scenes in order, many actors will highlight and include
notes throughout the script to remind them of the emotions and characteristics
that should be evoked in that particular scene. This can help you to
create the right feel that the scene requires, no matter what point
you perform it!