We have all seen a movie where an actor breaks the moment and the magic is gone. Even the pro's get it wrong. Sometimes it is subtle, a fascial expression didn't match the moment, the body language was wrong for the emotions portrayed, or perhaps you just couldn't see it in their eyes and 'believe'. A common issue we often see is that talented people initially struggle to blend both the physicality of an Action performance with the ability to really 'act' the character and what they would actually be experiencing and expressing. Don't worry stunt family, we've got you! Here's a short guide and some activities anyone can try to aid greater authenticity in their actions and reactions. Read on for tips...
Action sequences in film can be some of the most thrilling and captivating moments for audiences. They require intense physical and emotional engagement from the actors, and the ability to convincingly portray emotions like fear, determination, and anger is essential for creating an authentic and engaging experience for viewers. In this article, we will discuss how actors can improve their reactions and authenticity in action sequences, including how to develop their ability to show different emotions.
Delivering convincing and authentic performances in action sequences requires physical and emotional preparation, technical training, and a willingness to collaborate with others. By following these tips, actors can develop their ability to show fear, determination, anger, and other emotions commonly needed in action sequences, and deliver compelling and memorable performances that captivate audiences.
Here's Recommended Sensory Exercises you could explore and try out today!
Sensory exercises are techniques used by actors to connect with their senses and emotions in order to deliver a more authentic and nuanced performance. Here are some examples of sensory exercises that actors can use to develop their ability to portray emotions in action sequences:
Recommended Emotional Memory exercises you can use to rapidly improve!
Emotional memory is a technique used by actors to connect with their own personal experiences and emotions and use them to inform their performances. Here are some tips for actors to better understand and develop emotional memory:
There's a whole bunch of useful tips, tricks and terms you can look up to research further, all to help you increase authenticity in your performances on stage and screen.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team