Training on Eyelines? No! I don't know of any in Mumbai. But, You are Welcome to Improve my Knowledge
There could be many reasons for this.
- A school may not be aware of the concept of "Eyeline" in acting for camera
- There is a possibility that director | cinematographer is in a hurry to complete as many scenes as possible (may be in TV
where they have to complete and film episodes on a daily basis) serials
- The director may presume that an actor will adjust to his/her own eyelines in a shot with the camera
Remember! A camera, loves eyes
What is an
Why an actor should care about
An actor should care about
Though basically "Eyelines" is a subject of
In a cine industry of Bollywood or TV serial market in India, where there is a cut throat competition
Therefore, it's absolutely essential for actors how to position themselves suitably in a shot or at the audition to give a memorable performance
Is a type of shot employed in the film industry in which the frame encompasses a view of two people
Cheating Your Eyelines
In the movie business it is common to be asked to “Cheat”. Cheating is moving your body unnaturally to make it look better on camera.
There a ton of different “cheats” that happen on set. But, one of the most common is “Cheating your Eyelines”.
It is positioning your movements and body towards the camera. This will allow you to have more face time and look better on camera.
Despite the feeling of it being uncomfortable, this will allow for the audience to effectively engage with your actions and dialogue.
Some key points to remember
- The moment you enter and ready for your shot, find out where the camera is
- Whether you are in a shot as alone or with your co-stars or just standing there in a group and just have to give a reaction shot, without any dialogue, you must ensure that you are facing the camera. Even if you are not facing the camera, make sure that you can see the camera in the corner of your eyes.
Why this is necessary?
Because if the camera can’t see you, the viewers can’t see you
What to do in such a situation?
Turn your body slowly without anybody noticing your subtle movements toward camera till you can see the camera (preferably its lens) and whether you have to speak or just give a reaction shot when somebody else is delivering his/ her dialogues, maintain your eyeliner in that position.
How to avoid the Major Mistake of
in an Audition eyelines
For an actor, the most uncreative environment on the planet is the film and TV audition space or while you are ready for a shot in your scene in a location—multiple hot lights, a crowd of strangers, a place often windowless, and always airless.
Well, we have already explained earlier what kind of place you face while on a shoot for a film TV or for an audition
- When you enter into an audition room,
face in this terrible hole, trying to fully focus on your character. You stand on the mark, taking your you to the reader (if there is one) or of the person you think is just some assistant rather than a casting director or at anyone who is smiling and nodding at you, just off camera. eyelines
- If he /she is just a reader and not a real co-actor from the script, your gaze is fixed at them rather than at the camera because they offer comfort in your moment of terror, they are the supportive sight in that unfriendly space. You look at them because you can concentrate solely on delivering a good audition. You find it strangely relaxing, and you don’t have to worry about anything other than the dialogues.
1. As most of the actors commit the same mistake, a casting director gets bored.
The frame size is the same for every person auditioning for a role. A casting director shoots every audition for a particular character in the same way. Consistent framing allows them to compare auditions and actors effectively.
2. But if you adopt a singular Eye line at anything else other than at the camera near or around the camera, the character you have created is stagnant and definitely looks “flat” to a casting director.
Many a times, I have seen actors place their toes obediently on the mark, get tensed as if they were at the firing squad, and then attempt to relax and deliver lines in a manner they think is better
Take 2 seconds before you start your audition, close your eyes; picture the setting of the audition scene. See the trees, or the cars, or people in front of you as the other restaurant patrons.
See them on both sides, but close and in line with the camera
Relax, go into your character and just shoot your lines!
Depending upon whether it’s a shot above your waist or a close up, or whether it requires movements or not you can move, but make sure that your
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