I don’t apologize for being a huge “Star Wars” fan. But even if you have never seen the films, this article will introduce you to some out-of-the-box audition techniques that I have saved, until now, exclusively for students in my private classes. Have you ever imagined that you could wave your hand and say, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” and get almost anyone to do what you want? Well, you can.
Imagine landing a role in a new Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Lee, or Martin Scorsese film (like several students I’ve known and taught). Film directors, myself included, are known for letting their actors improvise on certain takes. I cast out of my scene study classes almost exclusively now, so selfishly, I created a new way to prepare my students to make it up as they go on set. This form of improvisation is very different because the goal is feature film and television work, not live comedy.
It may shock you to learn that even the best teachers in the world have steered you wrong on this thing. You know that goal and action goes back to the Greeks, but how do you actually use objective based acting?
I have drawn on my extensive background as a screenwriter and director to carefully formulate this approach and I am certain it is the best way to play an objective.
Acting Advice From Robert De Niro
This clip from the Actors Studio with Robert De Niro says a great deal about minimum movement, one of the staples of Screen Actors System. Remember to enforce the basic standards of class as you prepare your scenes for this week. Bring the new students into the system and pass along your own knowledge.
That will make YOU stronger, and you are doing your fellow actor’s a service.
Work hard guys. Put in the time this week in you rehearsals and really push yourselves. I want breakthroughs this week!
“Robert De Niro, who is thought of as one of the greatest actors of his time, was born in New York City in 1943 to two artists. He first gained fame for his role in Bang the Drum Slowly(1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Mean Streets (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. In 1974 De Niro received an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Cape Fear (1991). He won the best actor award in 1980 for Raging Bull (1980). De Niro currently heads his own production company, Tribeca Film Center, and made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale (1993).”
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker