|Great performance comes from over memorization|
The secret technique of "Over Memorization"During my coaching, I have seen many actors memorizing their lines and performing roles reasonably well in the classes. However, the feedback I got from the casting directors and directors is that many actors, though do well in rehearsals, fail miserably in a final audition and filming a shot. They just get stuck and fail to remember their lines. You can very well realize the consequences of such failures on a set!
So, what is the solution to this fright in front of the camera to deliver your lines naturally and smoothly?
Suggestions for Over Memorization
- You get your lines few minutes before auditions.
- In this case, if you are lucky, may get the lines few days before a shoot.
- Read 7 times looking at it. Then close the line and 7 times without looking at it. Once through, add the second line
- Repeat step 1. Continue in this way with all the lines until you have memorized the entire chunk. Underline key words in each line which can jell the entire sentence/para in your mind, instantly. If you forget any line, start with the steps again.
2/ When you are already selected for a role
What is the difference between memorizing lines of a monologue (e.g. Example of lines mentioned above under “auditions”) and that of a dialog?
- Read the entire script slowly and carefully at least 3 times. Identify the objective of the script. Similarly, read the scenes in which you are featuring as a character and identify the objective of the scene. Identify tempo of a scene and the rhythm of your character
|Example of a flash card for memorization|
Use flash cards, as shown above (a size which can be easily put in your pocket):
- Draw a margin where you will write the keywords of your line
- Start with writing the cue for your lines (e.g. Lines of your co-star before your lines). Draw a horizontal line and then write your succeeding lines. Draw a horizontal line and write a 2nd chunk of your lines. Your lines should be in bold and with different color sketch pen
- After this, select key words for line by which you can instantly recollect the entire sentence. Put these words on a left sidebar (margin you have created)
- Memorize both, co-actor and your lines together. Now, cover your lines with a paper, read co-actor’s line and then speak your hidden lines
Drawing own story board
- Draw a series of pictures of a particular scene, create a cloud above your picture and write your dialogs. Similarly, do the same above your co-actor’s image. You need not to be a drawing artist. Once a day
- Say your lines in front of a mirror and move your face or your arms in a special way to emphasize specific words or passages. Thrice a day
- Write your lines on a paper repeatedly. Write words or lines in bigger fonts! Five times a day
- Know your character. “Why, ” he says?
- Act out your lines as you say them.
- Try memorizing backward and then forward.
- Learn your lines with exaggerated gestures. Even yelling!
- Record your lines on a cell phone and listen all the times. Repeat them switching off mobile.
- Make your lines into a song and sing your lines. For example, fit your lines into “Twinkle, twinkle little star” or “Mera Joota Hai Japani”.
- Get on your feet. Keep in mind when you are at ”X” place, you say this. Then at “Y” place, you say this. Likewise, you practice. Thrice a day
- Type your lines in Microsoft Word with different letter size and color. Once a day
- Sky write your lines, as we use to write words in a sky as a child
- If possible, get into a character’s costume and practice your lines
- Get a great reading friend who will speak lines in cue and with whom you can practice a few times a day.
- Set a plan and time schedule for memorizing and practice
- Steady practice and persistence is key to memorizing
- Don’t stop if you think you have memorized your lines. The brain has a funny tendency to forget large chunks of new material very quickly. Therefore, you have to keep it fresh in your mind.
- Initially give a break every half an hour or so. Then, see if you can speak lines without looking at the paper. Okay, you can do it.
- Don’t relax on day2! Test yourself in the morning, while taking a shower, getting dressed, or whatever; You got to keep this new material alive and current in your mind for at least a few days before you can think to relax a bit and give a gap. In my opinion, don’t give a gap even for a day. In fact, you can relax only when all of your scenes are filmed and okayed