Sunday, 28 September 2014

Grab Roles! Learn Hidden Secret of How to "Cheat" on Camera

A classical example of "cheating out" camera

A classical example of how "cheating out" done on camera-Arjun Rampal and Esha Gupta in “Chakravyuh.

Cheating Out


Sometimes while shooting under the camera, to show a scene with conflict, an adjustment in position, look, or movement of the actor for the sake of the camera's perspective or movement grips the viewers for a better outcome.
You’re engrossed in an intense on camera dialogue with another actor. You want the scene to play as realistically as possible, so you face each other as you speak, staring intently into each other’s eyes. On the other hand, you know there’s an audience watching. How do you make sure the audience in a cinema hall or watching TV serial get to see your face instead of having to watch your profile for the whole scene?
This is an example of when cheating out comes in handy. It’s a performance technique that helps maintain the illusion that the characters are totally committed to the on-camera action, but at the same time giving their performance looking and playing out towards the audience.


Look to learn


Look at the above picture carefully. In an intense scene, instead of looking directly into the eyes of co-actor, Arjun Rampal is gazing in front towards viewers (camera).





A skilled actor can cheat out so subtly that you may not even notice. Each time a male or a female actor begins to speak, you might see her looking directly at their interlocutor (another actor who takes part in a dialogue or conversation). Then the first actor pivots slightly out towards the audience, only to turn back again just as his/her line of dialogue comes to an end.
In some situations the actors perform “full out,” meaning that they turn to speak most of their lines directly to the audience. Sometimes called “presentational” style, this often works for comedy. Mostly applied for theater

To make it absolutely simple-

Cheat out- To 'cheat' is to turn your face or entire body either out towards camera to be seen better without completely turning (so it still looks natural, but you are not completely in profile) or to face into camera to conceal something.

A must see video

Learn and practice this video with your own script in Hindi with a co-actor


  


Or join our “camera mini course 2” at Mumbai for a practical with suitable script

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Poor Voice? Build Fast to Win Auditions | 16 Easy Steps

Great acting voice actors of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan and Arjun Rampal
Great Bollywood Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Arjun Rampal who developed their voice beyond imagination
"What an impressive personality! Great acting techniques! But, unfortunately the moment he opened his mouth… I’m sorry Kiran, well… he has a weak voice which clouded all his other strong points. The character in the story required a strong voice as well..” And the casting director looked at me with his raised eyebrows!

This happened long back at the beginning of my career as an acting coach. The day taught me a lesson which I don’t think I will ever forget. I now make a point in my training lessons to devote sufficient time to voice development

Voice is God Gifted, yes, it's true and a fact, but it can be trained, this also a fact. Nobody is a born singer or narrator or voice artiste, yes, he/she may have a sweet, melodious voice of birth, but still his/her voice needs to be trained enough to modulate, varied and able to perform professionally for required time

Speech is a very powerful tool and it can assist an actor in achieving objectives in a scene or the whole production. Think about some of the great actors of the time like Late Raj Kumar, Late Murad and his son Raza Rurad, Nana Patekar, Late Amrish Puri to name few of Indian Actors blessed with a golden voice.

Today, a Bollywood or a TV serial casting director is an extremely busy and  tired guy on a typical audition day where he has to audition hundreds of actors for a character. Obviously, he/she further may get put off with many of the poor performances. Actors can get stuck with emotions and actions, but they forget that our voice is so important. A good voice is one of the dominant factor, plays a significant role in getting yourself registered in a casting director’s mind and may keep you ahead in getting the dream role.

Do you have a thin, shrill, faint, low or muffled voice? Do you mix words or speak too fast?
Here are exercises which will do wonders to your voice.

Like what a singer does every morning called "Riyaaz" (practice) you should do these exercises every morning or evening before dinner.

Voice exercise 1
Voice exercise 1. Instead of keeping your fingers on the chin, keep your thumbs and massage tongue with fingers. it's easy this way-source
1. Keep your thumbs on your chin. Open mouth. Stretch your tongue out and massage your tongue with both index fingers making loud sound (3 minutes)
Voice exercise 2
Voice exercise 2-source
2. Keep your index fingers in front and close to your ears and open and close your mouth, making a loud sound (3 minutes)

3. Make loud funny sounds shaking your head

4. Yawn repeatedly making a sound

Voice exercise 5 "Hum"
Voice exercise 5 "Hum"-source
5. Say “HUM” from a lower to highest pitch. Try 8 different pitches

Voice exercise 6  "Burr""
Voice exercise 6  "Burr"-source
6. Make "Burr" sound repeatedly at different sound levels

7. You can take "Sa" only of Sa Re Ga Ma and then take a deep breath by mouth, not the nose, and start reciting "Sa" with your full bass voice (the lowest vocal range of all voice types.) till your quality breath comes to a decline level. Stop deliberately. There is no use of unnecessary stretching of breath. Keep in mind you have to inhale from mouth, fully and should go on saying "Sa" till the end of your breath in a continuous pitch without any breaks, variation or modulation of your voice. This will not only help you in having a good base voice, but also increase your voicing stamina. Also, while speaking,  stretch the word “OM” into 2 parts “O” and “M” spreading the word “OM” till your breath ends.

8. Breathing: Inhale deeply, hold the breath and exhale very slowly (10 times). If possible, try to do this lying on a bed before sleep, keeping a book on your belly.

Volume improvement exercises


9. Breathing: Inhale deeply, hold the breath and exhale very slowly (10 times) making a “hissing” sound. If possible, try to do this lying on a bed before sleep, keeping a book on your belly.

10. Say or sing-
“Sa  Re  Ga Ma  Pa  Dha  Nee  Sa
Sa  Re  Ga  Ma  Pa  Dha  Nee  Sa”,  each word randomly with different pitch as shown above. Repeat different sound level for different words in the next. Continue (10 times).

11. Make Cracky door opening sound. Pitch differently

12. You should everyday practice at least one full length script with proper Hindi diction, pronunciation, modulation (as & when).  If you do not have the stamina you may lose your voice in a long script. Your voice may be bold, enthusiastic, and fresh in the first quarter of the script and may get tired or becomes low in the end. This is called the stamina of Voice, and it must remain uniform in quality (one) till the end.

13. Watch and listen carefully Hindi news with high volume on TV channels. Speak along with news anchor. Practice at least for 30 minutes, with different anchors.

14. Listen to carefully voice artists (background voices) in different commercial ads on TV. Speak along with them follow their spoken lines, overall quality.

15. Watch and listen carefully Hindi news with high volume on TV channels. Speak along with news anchor. Practice at least for 30 minutes, with different anchors.

15. Listen to carefully voice artists (background voices) in different commercial ads on TV. Speak along with them follow their spoken lines, overall quality


Yoga plays a very important role in improving voice quality


16. One Yoga asana which is the most effective is “Ujjayi Pranayama“
Contract your throat fully and produce a sound in reverse direction through nose sucking in, that is you are producing sound by inhaling in through the nose but the throat is fully contracted and lips closed. When you breathe in fully, you release your throat muscles and release the breath through the left nostril, by holding the right nostril with your right thumb. A very effective way to exercise your throat.

Don’ts



  1. Stay away from alcohol and smoking, very cold ice creams, beverages, aerated waters, chocolates or pickles, chilies and anything very sour. 
  2. If you eat occasionally do try to clear your throat and brush your teeth before sleeping.  
  3. Gargle your throat with salted warm water. This is a must for an actor
  4. Do not shout that make your vocal chords vibrate so harshly that can be damaged.
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top 3 Casting Directors You Can Contact For Bollywood Entry

Top 3 Casting Directors in India
Though there are hundreds of casting directors in India, most of them, in Mumbai, here are the three TOP ONES who are selecting and recommending actors to leading production houses of Bollywood.
Whatever information I could gather about them, I have given below. More, you have to find out yourself through social networking sites and from other casting directors or actors.
However, one of the ways to contact them is to send your details and portfolio as a "message" through their Facebook Page, on the link given below under their names.
(You must have your own Facebook account)

Nandini Shrikent

Nandini Shrikent

Facebook page (You can send your portfolio as a "message")
https://www.facebook.com/nandini.shrikent?fref=ts
Advice for aspiring actors
"Watch films, watch plays, watch people, keep it real and be positive. The rest is up to Dionysus".

Vicky Sidana


Vicky Sidana

Facebook page (You can send your portfolio as a "message")
https://www.facebook.com/VickySidanaCastingDirector
Twitter page (You can tweet your website or request for his contact Email/Number)
https://twitter.com/vickysidana_

Mukesh Chhabra

Mukesh Chhabra

Interested are requested to send in your latest pictures (Max. upto 4 pictures not exceeding 2Mb) with the following Email Id-
mukeshchhabra27@gmail.com
Facebook profile
https://www.facebook.com/mukesh.chhabra.754
Mukesh Chhabra casting co. on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mukesh-Chhabras-Casting-Co/508627739217032
Mukesh Chhabra's website
http://www.mccc.in/
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Do You know 7 Best Acting Techniques of World to Be A Star?

Acting techniques
Acting techniques by legendary coaches

These are great techniques learnt and practiced by international actors who are legendary cinema superstar celebrities

The Objective


The objective of learning these techniques is to enrich and refine your craft of acting to stay ahead of fierce Bollywood competition


Konstantin Stanislavski

The Father of Acting Techniques 
Konstantin Stanislavski (1863-1963) was a Russian director and actor. To this day, he is one of the most influential figures in world theater and has influenced dozens upon dozens of actors and teachers. The umbrella term for his series of techniques is called Stanislavski's system, and the most common chunk of the system is "The method Acting." This technique asks of the actor, "What would I do if I were in the character's situation?" Basically, if whatever circumstances of the scene were happening to YOU, how would you react? This question led to the analysis of motivation and objective, both of which have become so commonplace in the theater that they are no longer a style; they are theater basics. What would you do? Why would you do it?

Sandy Meisner
Sandy Meisner 


Emphasis being placed on an actor's response to other people and circumstances, resulting in a specific behavior to produce an emotional, truthful performance without 'faking it'

Exercises designed by Meisner:
Repetition- "In this exercise, two actors sit across from each other and respond to each other through a repeated phrase. The phrase is about each other's behavior, and reflects what is going on between them at the moment, such as "You look unhappy with me right now." The way this phrase is said as it is repeated changes in meaning, tone and intensity to correspond with the behavior that each actor produces towards the other. Through this device, the actor stops thinking of what to say and do, and responds more freely and spontaneously, both physically and vocally. The exercise also eliminates line readings, since the way the actor speaks becomes coordinated with his behavioral response."

Alexander
Alexander


The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities

Lee StrasbergLee Strasberg


The techniques consist of recalling the circumstances, physical and personal, surrounding an intense emotional experience in the actor’s past and then prepare the character in a story.
Strasberg required that an actor, when preparing for a role, studies (or creates) not only into the character's life in the script, but also, far more importantly, into the character's life before the situation existed at the beginning of the story (which is not mentioned in the script).
Personally, I do not consider Strassberg technique is relevant in contemporary acting for films, TV or commercials

Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen


Uta Hagen (1919-2004) was an American Broadway actress and drama teacher, born in Germany.
Hagen advised actors to learn as much as possible about the character, to research everything related to the character's world. She also devised a series of exercises designed to make the actor more aware of his or her surroundings and wrote lists of questions for actors to answer ("Who am I? Where am I? What do I want? What is in my way of getting what I want?" and others).
Hagen also stressed the importance of doing rather than just standing around. People don't just stand and wait, she said in an example- They fiddle with things. They talk to themselves. They study their environments. They watch people.
In a camera setting for a film, no one should just "wait" without some type of corresponding action. For example, if you are listening to what your Co-actor is talking to you, be curious, observe, understand and respond truthfully with your emotions and physical gestures (such as with your eyes only if you cannot move your other body parts)
Above all, Hagen spoke about honesty, making choices and actions not to "show" any acting but to truly be in the moment.

Stella Adler
Stella Adler


Stella Adler (Stanislavski disciple who studied alongside Strasberg at the Group Theatre in NY) went to Europe to study with Stanislavski, herself. Stanislavski was originally an advocate of depending on an actor's own memory experiences and substituting it to create a "character", but he realized that it was flawed.
Why? Over time, a memory can change. For example a memory that was once traumatized as a kid is now a silly memory. Stella said Strasberg was wrong and formed her branch of American Method. Her version focuses more on imagination and doesn't use past memory in actor's own past life and substitution in creating a "character". You use your imagination to be the character and create the environment. Robert DeNiro, and Marlon Brando were from this school.

Michael Chekhov
Michael Chekhov approach


Michael Chekhov was a student of Stanislavsky’s; his teaching focused on opening the subconscious through external, physical practice. As opposed to “substituting” one’s own father for the father in a scene, or using “affective memory” to personalize the relationship, he advocated creating a fictional father through the use of “archetype” and imagination. He developed the “Psychological Gesture”—a rehearsed confluence of the character’s thoughts, feelings, and desires into a single expressive, physical gesture—to align the senses quickly and with great potency.


Attention

If nobody teaches you, I will. 
Come to me and I will train you to be a star in Bollywood!

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Not in a "Character" on Camera? Causes, Result and Solution

Don't be afraid to play a character

Symptoms

  1. Forgetting your lines after the director says "Action"
  2. Not being in a "character" in a particular shot or in the entire scene
  3. The camera catches your gaze, wandering while your Co actor is talking to you
  4. Lack of necessary expressions while delivering your dialog
  5. Lack of required energy level in your performance
  6. Wrong movements (not hitting the mark while walking)
  7. Not using the props properly
  8. Getting stuck with speech, a word or speed

Causes


  • Lack of preparation (The reason could also be getting script/lines on the set)
  • Getting distracted with the activities on a set, which is always chaotic before a loud "quite" or "silence"
  • Gossiping with Co actors or crew before or after your shot when you may be having more shots remaining
  • Using your cell phone often

Consequences


  1. Wandering mind leading to lack of concentration and focus
  2. Poor performance
  3. Multiple retakes of a shot annoying director, producer, DP and crew members
  4. Earning a bad name of a "poor actor" 
  5. Bad publicity and losing opportunities
  6. Shattered dreams of becoming a "Star"

Treatment (Solution)


  • Practice meditation 
  • You have to give yourself strong auto suggestions, repeatedly
  • Practice concentration regularly by focusing your attention on a single object for as long as you can (lamp, table, pan etc.)

When distractions occur:

  • Take a deep breath, hold for 5 seconds and release it very slowly. Repeat this at least 5 times
  • Order your mind by saying "stop" or "stop wondering", Shake your head vigorously for a second and say again "back into", when you notice your mind wandering
  • Pinch your arm or thigh hard
  • Immediately shift your posture to an awkward one 
  • Say to yourself repeatedly "I'm so and so" (Character)
  • Say to yourself positive things like "I can do it", "I will do it" or "I'm good, yes I'm good" to bring back your concentration
  • While on set avoid as far as possible what I have mentioned under "Causes". After all, your career is more important than gossiping, phoning or flirt around. 
  • Speak  only what is relevant and required as a courtesy, on the set. 

(However, this does not mean you do not clarify your doubts with a director or cameraman. For your flawless performance, you must ASK)
If you practice the above regularly, you will tune your mental instrument so well that over a period of time, you will learn to be in a character instantly, irrespective of distractions

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Trust Yourself and Succeed!

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