a. Where is the love?
b. You must first acknowledge the facts and then address how you feel
2. What are you fighting for?/Conflict
a. Don’t show, do
b. Tactics are your arsenal
c. Fighting is an active verb; want is not
3. Moment Before
a. Mental state: what are you thinking about in your moment before
b. Physical state: how do you feel physically
c. Emotional state: Feelings, relationships, prior experiences
d. Pressure cooker/rubber band elements
a. Finding the levity
b. Character’s sense of humor
c. Lightening humor: what the audience would find funny
d. Internal humor: what the character would find funny
e. Survival instinct
a. Sense of conflict
b. Provides dramatic contrast
c. What is the dominant emotional state and in which moments do we see the
opposite of that feeling?
a. Keeps scene moving
c. Keeps scene present tense
d. How does this new information affect what I’m fighting for
e. First time for your character
f. More important in comedy than in drama
7. Communication and Competition
a. Talking to not at
b. Information is affecting the other person
c. We make eye contact and check back in to see if we have communicated the
d. Noise: Variables that affect communication
f. Relationships- be the better one
g. Constantly competing h. What are you competing for? Any time you win, you score a point
a. Write about first impressions
b. Raise the stakes
c. Plays are about the most important parts of people’s lives
9. Find the Events
a. Dramatic Function
b. Audience needs to get major parts of story
c. What are the major moments?
a. Taking in everything about the place
b. Part of it is factual
c. How do you feel about the place
d. What is your relationship with the place
e. Find a place in your life the way you feel about it that the character feels about
11. Game Play and Role Play
a. Games have rules
b. Characters can break them, but they have to be aware of them
c. Breakfast Club titles
d. What role do you start with and end with
12. Mystery and Secrets
a. All of the unknowns
i. A secret you do or do not want to be uncovered
ii. Under what circumstances would you reveal this secret
iii. Is your secret in danger
○ You are pushed away by the actions of another
○ To have desire to go toward something
○ There are still forces working on you, but you don’t comply; stand your ground
Comfort Zone/Negative Space
● Space between the object
● Empty space/unfilled
● Comfort zone= arm’s length away
● Animal instinct
● Be in or way out of the comfort zone What are the three general motivations for stage movement?
- Impel: to have a desire to go toward something
- Compel: there are still forces working on you, but you don’t comply; stand your ground
- Repel: you are pushed away by the actions of another
What do we think about when we ask a question?
- Our most outrageous and unrealistic dreams
- How the other person might reply
- the worst thing they can say
- the best thing they could say
What is the "Comfort Zone" or how does negative space effect acting?
- Space between the objects
- empty space/unfilled
- comfort zone: arm’s length away
- Be in or way out of the comfort zone
- Little negative space implies comfort, tension, or passion, depending on the situation.
- Excessive negative space implies distance, divergence, and lack of comradery,
depending on the situation.
- The comfort zone implies nothing but discomfort and unsteadiness in the actor.
Why is "acting between the lines" deadly?
- We constantly wait until the end of someone’s lines to