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An actor has the ability to express different emotions according to different characters. Acting is a skill perfectioned by the three P’s patience, practice, and presentation. Some techniques actors follow to upskill their acting and give their best performances.
An actor's life experience can play an important role in their way of expressing a character. There are no specific skills an actor must possess. Every actor has their own way of creating a certain character. It is very important for the actor to choose their expressions making them adaptable to situations.
There are a few known methods actors practice to achieve perfection in their skills.
5 Methods of Acting:
Stanislavski Method :
The Stanislavski method trains the actor to make him/her versatile to feel, recreate, deliver, and leave a mark. In this method of acting the actor ought to keep himself in the place of the character and react to himself first to make the representation look real. The actor must know the objective of the character in each scene to make it look relatable to the audience. The actor must draw an expression from their experiences in life; this is called the emotional memory of an actor. There needs to be a coherent tempo or rhythm in an actor's expression learned by this method. One should give emphasis on physical activity and improvisation over verbal expression. Thus Stanislavski believed that acting is a whole outburst of emotions, physical activity, and expression through one's experiences.
To bring about realism to a character Stanislavski suggests an actor ask certain questions to himself:
Method Acting :
- Who am I?
- Where am I?
- When is it?
- What do I want? And Why?
- How will I get it?
- What do I need to overcome?
The Method trains actors to use their physical, mental, and emotional selves in the creation of a character and stresses the way in which personal experience can fire the actor's imagination. It eschews clichés and pursues individual authenticity and a reality deeply grounded in the given circumstances of the script. Method acting technique was developed by Lee Strasberg. The use of one’s own life experiences in the creative imagination infuses each choice with genuine thought, desire, sensation, action, and feeling resulting in psychologically in-depth behavior. Method acting technique was inspired by Stanislavski’s method.
This technique mainly focuses on improvisation. Improvisation allows you to bring spontaneity into a scene and react in the mode of the character without relying on prescribed lines. It suggests getting rid of predispositions and following your instinct so that you can give a more realistic appeal to people. The Meisner Technique focuses on the use of imagination to evoke emotion versus memory. This technique allows you to be more present and in the moment.
Chekhov Technique :
Michael Chekhov, a trainee of Stanislavski introduced a psycho-physical approach that deals with transformation, impulse, and imagination. It offers a clear and practical approach in working with imagination, feelings, and atmosphere. Chekhov states that the creative individuality of an actor is not directly tied to his personality. Creative Individuality allows the artist actor to use parts of themselves that are not just the smaller meaner more banal elements that make up their daily life, but rather parts of their unconscious, where dwell more universal and archetypal images.
Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique
This acting technique was introduced by David Mamet. In this technique, the actor uses a four-step analysis to break down a scene:
- The literal
- The want
- The essential action
- The “As if”
Performing this technique allows an actor to give realistic and relatable performances.
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