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Learn Meisner Or Get Your Scene Removed By Film Editor | Why?


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An actor scene with Shah Rukh Khan  is removed
My scene with Shah Rukh Khan  is removed



I had given a party to celebrate my brief shot with celebrity Shah Rukh Khan. I was my first break. But to my utter shock, this disappeared from the film and I was a laughing stock in the eyes of my parents and friends. When I talked to the director, she didn't comment. I'm shattered. Why this could happen? Mohini Gaikwad





Because You Listened And Reacted Badly On Camera. You Don't Know "Reality Of Doing"


Film Editing And The Film Editor

The actors must know what is a film editing and the role of an editor. For actors, in simple term he\she is the final key factor to decide whether an actors scene should be included in a film or in a TV serial scene or should be removed. The inclusion of an actor scene largely depends on how well he/she has listened and reacted truthfully for the camera, an actor's overall performance which may comprise of different shots and finally whether it is contributing and enhancing the value of the film or not.
There is an amazing acting technique of Sanford Meisner, the legendary acting coach, and a writer. This must be learned by all actors who dream to become a star-Author

(Film editing is a technical part of the post-production process of filmmaking. The term is derived from the traditional process of working with the film which increasingly involves the use of digital technology.
The film editor works with the raw footage, selecting shots and combines them into sequences which create a finished motion picture. Film editing is described as an art or skill, the only art that is unique to cinema, separating filmmaking from other art forms that preceded it, although there are close parallels to the editing process in other art forms such as poetry and novel writing. Film editing is often referred to as the "invisible art" because when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not aware of the editor's work.
On its most fundamental level, film editing is the art, technique, and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence. The job of an editor is not simply to mechanically put pieces of a film together, cut off film slates or edit dialogue scenes. A film editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, as well as most importantly, the actors' performances to effectively suit the camera -source)




Why Was Your Scene Removed?

Unfortunately, because of repeated readings of the script which has co-actors' lines as well and rehearsals, we know what would be the next line and take it as granted and when actually spoken on camera, we don't REALLY listen. This could be a terrible mistake. The scene and our reactions look lifeless and fake which an editor hates. In a big film, he may ruthlessly cut off your piece or as an extreme measure, tell the director or a producer to "pack off this actor". Especially this is 90% true in Indian TV serial in a reaction shot-Author



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The Great Natural Way of Acting-Sanford Meisner

Sanford Meisner
Sanford Meisner


You will NEVER be successful till you learn Meisner's Acting Technqiue


The best experience in an actor's life is the realization that he/she is not the character which seems to them or others, but simply the exposing the different colors of his/her life itself. The height of "experience" in acting is the reverse; that "I AM the characters I play in front of the camera!  Every moment is new. The mind creates in a natural way and instantly in response to the requirements of the situation. Every moment a new character is born, live a little and die.
This was not always the case. A child is always is very imaginative, always in a fantasy. But the harsh competition of human, always acutely painful and changes a kid.
The years at acting schools do nothing to improve the situation and in fact, make you worse. Nothing you learn to reverse back into a creative child who is the true force of an actor's creative impulses. You are expected to create a thing called a "character" on a shaky foundation of "just pretending". No wonder that acting became increasingly stressful and dishonest. There is some odd occasion in some of the highly imaginative and talented actors when miraculously the awful pretense would collapse and the creative acting would effortlessly emerge but these moments were few.
Most of us are unhappy with our acting and my life. It remains devoid of truth and beauty and involves terrible effort. Underneath this fake self-confidence, most of us don't have any clear idea of what we are doing so the work remains hit and miss. We search endlessly in acting classes, auditions, on set performance, alternative lifestyles, travel, observing people and from other actors.

So what should we do? Continue struggling endlessly? Learn all the acting techniques in the world and get disintegrated into nothing and become a confused corpse?
Then hopefully, someday you will find a ray of hope and brightness:


How Can You Learn Meisner's Acting Technique?


Simple And Practical Learning Approach With Co actors or friends at home

Requirement: At least 1 co-actor or a friend

1. The Reality of Doing


Listen and do- here the focus is on really listening and not pretending to listen
Let me explain:
You have a scene where you are supposed to drink tea from an empty cup and every hour as a rehearsal. And this you do every hour repeatedly with your friend before he shoots this scene finally on webcam or mobile. You go on pretending. In the final take when you are drinking out of the cup, you get surprised that it was not empty and there was water in the cup that you forgot your lines! The reality of doing was so foreign to you that it caught you off guard. You had been "so programmed" to "pretend" to drink that had no clue how to really drink out of the cup even though that is what I was doing every hour in rehearsals. Sanford Meisner said that we are supposed to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances and this is done by setting up the foundation of acting which is the reality of doing.

2. Word Repetition Game 


A famous the word repetition game. It is the basis of learning the Meisner technique, it was created to get actors out of their heads so they don't think but do. Sandy Meisner wanted to create the simplest task so that actors would not have to think and could focus on doing. With word repetition, you are to repeat accurately everything your partner says.

Repetition develops listening ability
My own learning example
On my first day of coaching session for Meisner's technique, I was told to sit down across from my partner, they would make an observation about me, say it, and I was to repeat EXACTLY what they say the word for word. My partner looked at me and said "You have a pretty smile" and I repeated "You have a pretty smile" we did this for about one minute and I got kudos because I simply knew how to listen! That's it knowing how to listen was getting me one step closer to becoming a better actor.

3. Repeating from your point of view 


The next hour I got up again and this time we did the same thing, but now instead of saying it word for word I was to tell it from my point of view. "You have on a green shirt" and I said "I have on a green shirt" We did this several times going back and forth making an observation with each other. The next hour I got up to play the word repetition game again, feeling pretty confident that I did well that past two days I was ready to get to work.
My Partner was told to make an observation of me and he said "You look shit" and without me thinking I said, “I have look shit?" The coach and others broke out in laughter because I was clearly not happy about that comment! The coach stopped us and asked me how I felt about that comment and I said it made me a little angry and that I thought it was an asshole thing to say and he told me "well tell him that"! The pinch

That's when I was told the third most important thing I learned from the repetition game Listening, Point of view, and THE PINCH! That feeling I felt about the comment was the pinch the point in the repetition game that I could now say how I felt about the comment. "You have big hair" "I have big hair?" "You have big hair" "That's an asshole thing to say"...!!! Waiting for the pinch is confusing because it happens at different times for people.
The most important thing I learned is, no matter how long you do repetition waits for the pinch! Most people don't wait and make a change themselves and by doing that they are not reacting truthfully. I would do repetition sometimes for minutes until the change naturally happened. You know the feeling and by not waiting for the pinch you are doing yourself an in-service because you are not acting truthfully. I don't care if you have to do repetition for hours WAIT for the pinch, let the change come naturally! Now, of course, it doesn't take that long, but you get my point. The actors who did the best in the class knew this was a key rule in mastering the Meisner Technique.

The word repetition game is the foundation of the Meisner technique. It is so simple because you don't have to think you just have to listen and do. The actors who did not listen to their partners were the ones who made the change themselves in order to make something happen. If they just simply listened to their partner the change will naturally come. Sanford Meisner said don't create change wait for a pinch, it's about your instinct. One of the most beneficial things I learned was to NOT BE POLITE! Being polite will get you nowhere with the Meisner Technique because it is expressing how you really feel.


4. Practice and Practice! 


My rule of thumb is practice three times a day if you can. Always practice at least once,  especially in the beginning of your training. Make repetition second nature to you; get it so ingrained in you that you don't think you just do. I use to practice three times daily it was hard, but if you want to be the best you have to work for the best. Actors have to train just like any other profession.


5. Imagine a scene as a reality


Replace feeling emotions of a character with your own life experiences, if have one similar. If no then
Consider "IF". For example, if I'm a Police Officer, If I'm in an extreme cold or at the blistering hot desert, a thief, murderer, taxi driver, judge and so on-How will I react to a situation in a scene?
The best is to take any story or a script and improvise (read relevant posts from this blog on improvisation)


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You're Screwing Career | Which Best Best Acting Style To Learn?



Confused Aspiring Actor
"I don't want to fail as an actor. Which acting technique to learn"?


Is learning acting necessary to become an actor?


I have some inborn acting talent as told by my parents. The why should I learn acting?  


I watched Shah Rukh Khan and confident I can be better. Can join Bollywood without training?


I'm from a lower middle-class family and can't afford acting schools in Delhi or in Mumbai. Is there a way out?


I recently quit an acting institute. They were sarcastic in front of other students who laughed. I found "Improvisation" a scene difficult. Can I learn at home?


I find acting techniques difficult. When I act a character, it looks and even I feel artificial. Is there a way to develop your own acting style


What’s The Cheapest and Absolute Best Acting Method?


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In summary, 
  1. Learning acting will improve your selection chances and beat competition
  2. You can learn acting by picking up a particular acting technique suited best to you
  3. Yes, you can learn acting without large sum of money and at home
  4. You can develop your own acting technique for a truly creative and unique performance
 

What’s The Absolute Best Acting Method?


What Which And How?

Confused About Acting Techniques?


An actor is supposed to learn probably as many acting techniques as there are types of emotions ( 9 go 12?) an actor is required to display. Every actor is unique with his/her own archetype, with their "technique" usually a combination of their training and their experience. That being said, there are certain techniques that are devoted to the specific way of learning this unique art- individual processes developed over the years by acknowledged masters. Teachers such as Stanislavski, Chekov, Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, Hagen, Mamet, et al, have become the standards and are taught by most world's teachers and trainers of acting work.

This post will definitely help the actor choose a  method and style which appeals best to them. In our fierce struggle for becoming an actor, most of us don't have the time nor the funds to join acting schools like Whistling Woods Mumbai (9 Lakhs?) to learn acting.


What I suggest here is:


  • Buy acting books. Look at the left sidebar of this blog, select books and click. This will take you to https://amazon.in, then search with the names I have mentioned below and buy them one by one over the period.
  • Once you find the one that touches you deepest, practice, practice and practice at home, with friends or in front of a full-size mirror. Then find a good acting coach and take a short course or personalized workshop for maybe for 3 to 4days to correct and sharpen your acting talent and skills you have learned, practiced and helped to create your own

The 8 best I strongly recommend


The foundation of almost all world's acting training comes from the work of Konstantin Stanislavski and must be learned.

1. An actor prepares, Building a character, Creating a role, The magic if-Konstantin Stanislavski (You may buy one by one as per the sequence mentioned)

2. Lee Strasberg's Method Acting

3. The Stella Adler Technique - In your choice is your talent

4. Sanford Meisner - Acting is the reality of doing (My choice- very practical)

5. The Uta Hagen Technique

6. Michael Chekhov (My choice for those who can and have a great power of imagination)

7. Practical Aesthetics: David Mamet and William Macy (My choice-for higher level)

8. Bobby Lewis Technique

Obviously, there are other methods available for you to research. The ones I've chosen are those that I believe are most effective and most popular.

“Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Makeup something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you”~~Konstantin Stanislavski

I believe any technique which is comfortable and suited to you that gives you an opportunity to create your unique own:

  1. That has access to unrestrained imagination and creativity
  2. That raises your self-awareness
  3. That helps you build confidence and trust yourself works


Many a times students, especially from other cities of India without knowledge background have asked me:

"Sir, what is a "technique" in acting? This word is spoken and talked about frequently"


Well, here is my explanation- 

It’s something to help you move between where you are and where you want to be. Acting technique is something to employ when your current skills and abilities can’t get you at your destination.  The absolute best acting method is the one that does just that – it shortens the gap between your goal and where you are now. Between the Performance, you’re giving, and the performance you want.
The Method, Meisner Technique, Viewpoints, LeCoq, Grotowski, PEM, Practical Aesthetics, Suzuki, Mindset Acting Technique – it really doesn’t matter what you call it. It has to bring you the results you need.
Use anything that works, but do not hold it so tight that you would lose your flexibility, nor too loose that it would fly from your hand when tested.
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Simple explanation of the acting technique-Practical Aesthetics


Who-You-Truly-Are 


This technique is focalized in two parts


A. Act Before You Think and Think Before You Act. Script Analysis and Performance Technique classes focus on analyzing a script by understanding the story and given circumstances and then going through the process of choosing an action and making specific choices that will create a character.
B. Actors learn to focus on what is actually happening in the scene and focus on creating and pursuing of an action.

Bollywood Films And TV serials


My 2 lines to aspiring actors and even long-time strugglers
Acting can be taught, and if taught, then learned and then anyone could learn to act and act well. To be an actor, does not require the mysterious thing called talent, or the ability to 'become' the character and in my strong opinion, none of these things are within our control.

The Practical Approach


Practical Aesthetics is a practical approach to acting, developed by the director and playwright David Mamet and actor William H Macy. It was developed as a better option to the confusing, mostly impractical acting approaches, maybe casually mentioned and perhaps briefly explained by acting schools in actor training.
It's simplified works from the acting theories and works of legendary Stanislavsky, the works of Sanford Meisner, Joseph Campbell, Aristotle, Carl Jung and philosophy of others.

Its principle is simple and effective and is an essential tool for anyone who feels they have never had a truly reliable and systematic technique from which to approach any and every script.  Too many systems and teachers ask you to ‘have a technique’ without ever giving you a basic foundation on which to develop your own personal approach easily suited. This is not another 12-20 step system that tends to confuse you further.  This is a simple 4 steps technique that will do the only thing an acting technique should do, set you free!

This technique is focused in two parts



  • Act Before You Think and Think Before You Act. Script Analysis and Performance Technique classes focus on analyzing a script by understanding the story and given circumstances and then going through the process of choosing an action and making specific choices that will create a character.
  •  Actors learn to focus on what is literally happening in the scene and focus on the pursuit of an action. Developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy, script analysis explores what the character is “actually doing,” what the character “wants,” and what is playable “action”.


Why it's easy, practical and most relevant for all types of actors? Talent, skills, body, figure not a learning and an essential requirement to become an actor

The technique focuses and comes straight on 

A.The useful and practical- "The Script Analysis And Creating a Character"
B. Simple storytelling rather than going round about on different techniques and their complexities,


The Script

1) The essential and most basic description of what is taking place in a scene.
2) The "Want": What does one character ultimately want the other character to say or do.
3) The "Essential Action": The relevant description of what the actor wants within the scene. It is essential to understand that what the character is doing and what the actor objective to do are separate.
4) The "As If": For example if I'm so and so (the character's role in the script or scene), what will I do?
This relates the "essential action" to the actor's own life.

"Essential Action"means? Example – To get back what is rightfully mine. "As If" – My brother has fraudulently transferred the property to his name and trying to throw me out. I need to retrieve it because it is mine.
This step of "As if"is from the memories of his/her life, a spark to involve the actor in the scene. It helps the actor escape the fiction, find the truth, and apply it

Script Analysis


Actors read a script for action to be taken through lines. What obstacles are presented to the character and what actions do they take in order to overcome those obstacles?

Steps


What the character in the story is actually doing.  provides a solid foundation, a sheet anchor for the scene, and reminds the actor of what the audience sees on the simplest level. An example: A married couple are talking about the husband's problems at work.

The next step is to express the character's want for that scene. Helps an actor to know the difference and division between him/her as an actor and character. It is expressed as what my character wants the other character to do further. As in example given above, the character may want her husband who is being bullied at work to be a strong man.
Lastly, the actor seeks an essential action that requires meeting the character's goal in that scene alone. This is expressed in the form of 'to get something from someone'. An example for our married couple, to get someone to stand up for themselves, to get a loved one to take chance.


The choice of actions can be tested against the checklist of basic six criteria. These are


1) It must be in line with the story writer's objectives and intentions
2) It must NOT be like a short journey or just a job
3) It must have a climax (a cap)
4) It must be specific
5) It must be physically capable of being done
6) It must fun
If the action changes, a new beat begins and a new analysis is performed.
(Beat: A beat is the timing and movement in a scene, a situation or due to in a character's objective, attitudes and desired emotional and physical responses. If action has to change (in the context of a scene or script), it usually represents a pause in dialogue, speech, voice, volume, speed etc)

Additionally, Practical Aesthetics employs techniques for getting the actor out of their own head and set mind. This is done by repetition exercise  based on and created by Sanford Meisner

Conclusion


The technique is simple. Like other forms of actor training, it is rigorous; it requires the development of skills, the adjustment of poor habits of an actor and the ability to create interest, truthfulness and an exciting emotional involvement to the role in the scene or moment before viewers in a film or an audience in a  stage play.
But Practical Aesthetics is NOT complicated; the technique is quick to learn (and like all things worthy of our time difficult to master).
However, in India, though schools and individuals may claim, you must learn from an expert and 'one on one' acting coach





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