Improvisation & Method Acting – Getting ‘Underneath’ Your Work!

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One of the best ways to get underneath work is to improvise.

The Ultimate Guide To Method Acting

Method acting is about truly understanding and becoming the part.

It is about transformation, not imitation. Using tried and tested techniques, the method actor can step into the shoes of the character and deliver consistently authentic performances.

Improvisation is a powerful tool that helps the actor to explore a role in a free and more spontaneous way. By going off script, the actor relies more on the imagination, discovery and the inner voice of the role.

Improvisation is a great test of how effectively you have used the method to become a character, but it is also the perfect way to method act in a collaborative way.

A Team Player

She has the capacity to see herself as part of a larger landscape.

The New Yorker on Cate Blanchett

Method acting is not just about your individual performance. It is important to be able to place your character, and become your character in the context of the bigger picture.

How can you help your fellow actors? What can you do to help create an environment in which they can practice the method effectively?

The more you help your fellow actors, the better the play, television production or film will be as a whole.

After all, to produce a truly believable performance, there has to be a tangible connection between actors that translates onto the stage or screen.

Improvisation is the most effective way to build a connection between actors. It forces you out of the comfortable safety net of the script, and makes you rely completely on the chemistry and interaction you have with other actors.

How To Improvise?

Why not have a go at some improvisation techniques with the group of actors that you are working with?

First, take the scenes in the script in which you appear together.

Now improvise them. Start with the scripted lines, and as you feel comfortable and appropriate, take the action in any direction you see fit using improvisation.

Next, improvise scenes that aren’t written. Perhaps you could explore the history of the characters, their back-stories, where they first met?

This can only help inform a more authentic understanding and portrayal of the character.

It is all very well to use method acting techniques to discover and become your character. Part of becoming a character is creating authentic connections with others as written in the script. Improvisation is the ultimate, collaborative method acting tool for this purpose.

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