Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Acting in Close-Up Camera Shots...

How I Heard About This: Watching Michael Cane's "Acting in Film" BBC workshop from 1987 - he talks about techniques for film actors.
Main Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvUcJz7TuBM&feature=channel
Topic: Film Acting/Techniques

Details: At the start of his workshop Michael Cain talks about acting for camera close-ups. He starts by describing two things an actor shouldn't do. The first is blinking and the second is switching from eye to eye when looking the person in the eye.

Cain says that the actor providing the eye-line should be stood as close to the camera as possible, and the actor in shot should then look that person in the eyes. They should then look directly at the eye closest to the camera and not move their focus. Over-blinking is a "sign of weakness" to Cain and in order to be listened to an actor should not blink at all. Of course, blinking can be used to react, but all reactions should be as minimal as possible.

"Doing nothing" is acting so long as you are feeling.

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvUcJz7TuBM

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