Friday, February 17, 2006

Period 7 Notes

Crimes of the Heart
  • Where's the urgency? Do you really "HATE" yourself? We don't believe you yet.
  • Great job listening to each other! All of you have a good "family feel" together.
  • GUM!!!!
  • Don't be afraid to get closer - they're sisters!
Crimes of the Heart
  • Energy! "Let's play cards" should be exciting.
  • Very clear dialogue. Nice work everyone!
  • GUM!!!!
  • Raise the Stakes! BIG FIGHT! You guys are close, but you have to go for it! Throw out everything and just go after each other. You're almost there - don't worry about the audience - we'll love it when it's real.
Boys & Girls
  • Nice moment with the baby.
  • Good, Angie - I can tell how important your goal is to you.
  • Don't be afraid to move around: "I'm having more" is a perfect place to get up and go get a drink.
  • Robert - nice work with the unfinished sentences. Very realistic.
  • Try to start the scene sitting down and then when it gets intense, stand up. Just an idea...
  • This is close to brilliance. Practice, practice, practice!
  • Lines!
  • Do they shake hands?
  • Joe - try making him really nice until the chair pull and then making him the "drill sergeant."
  • Lines, lines, lines.
  • Try mixing up youe tactics, guys. This sort of feels like a "one note" scene right now.
  • Lines! Practice, practice, practice!
  • Go after your goals! You're just reading lines right now, not acting!
  • Threaten him, Camillo!
  • Put some energy into it, guys!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Period 2 - Third Runthroughs

Boys Life
  • Gary - take the time to see the spaceship on the paper.
  • Excellent work. Just get those lines down and you're good!
  • Careful of being "too relaxed" - make sure to pursue your goals.
Hello From Bertha
  • Watch the hands in the pockets, Christine! ;)
  • Good job, ladies!
  • Very clear obstacles & goals. Nice.
  • Christine - try getting down on her level as one of your tactics.
Crimes of the Heart
  • Get those lines down. Yessica, you do a thing where your eyes look up and to your left when you are "searching for the line."
  • Where's the energy today? You've got to get to the point where "you feel like you're going to vomit" or we won't believe you.
  • Both- watch the hands in the pockets!
  • What can you do physically to tell the story? I saw two students running lines today instead of the scientist and his servant. Have fun with these characters!
American Buffalo
  • What're these guys doing? Are they just hanging around talking? I could close my eyes and listen and get as much as I did from watching today. Movement, movement, movement!
Black Thang
  • Lose the coats!!!!
  • Volume was low today - don't forget that we have to hear.
  • Very natural. Nice!
  • Great relationship.
  • GET RID OF THE GUM!!!!!!!

Friday, February 10, 2006

7th Period Notes

These notes are for 7th Period's second runthroughs.

Tap Dancing
  • Start getting those lines down. You both have to get out of the book and start trying to achieve your goals!
  • Blocking? We can't tell what's going on, where you are, or anything...
  • Too long.
  • Good vocal projection.
Crimes of the Heart
  • Nice, Narmaine. I saw your concern for Grandaddy.
  • Priscilla - let me see a little about how you're feeling towards Meg with the way that you're sitting.
  • Bring an actual photo album so that you have some pictures to look at.
  • Slow down a bit and speak up a little.
  • "Banana splits for breakfast." Is that funny? You guys should be having fun!!!
  • Make me believe that these people care about each other.
Boys & Girls
  • Where are they? How can you show this to us?
  • They're standing pretty far apart for 2 people with that sort of relationship...
  • Make it more important, Angela. You're working up to a huge question.
  • Too long. The second half is much better (your goals are clearer, relationship is better, etc.) - maybe start from the "We want you to live with us" moment.
  • Great second half!
Life Underwater
  • Volume! Can't hear you guys.
  • Go after him D.
  • Good job on lines. Keep it up.
  • Nice movement - Good moment on " I don't want to talk to him" Robert.
  • Good clear voices.
  • Blocking? Have you done any rehearsing with this? It looked like this was your first time reading it.
  • Go after your goals.
Crimes of the Heart
  • Nick, you're an excellent cold reader! Good work.
  • This scene is really coming along! Time to step it up: get some cards, borrow our phone ringer, etc.
  • Go after her, Steph! Get in her face. You've got to end in tears, right? I know you're sharing the script today though...
  • This will be excellent, just turn up the stakes = make everything life or death.
An Acting Experience
  • Great moment before. Excellent characters.
  • Josh, don't go back to the paper until/unless you know that it's safe.
  • Lena you can be a touch louder if you want.
  • Good work you guys. A little low energy today, but that's fine.
  • Josh - make the peak higher: right before "I don't even know why I'm talking about this."
Last HS Party Ever
  • Good character work. They have a great relationship.
  • Make sure that you're trying to DO something to the person you are talking to.
  • Get those lines down.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

2nd Period Notes

These are the notes for the 2nd runthrough of scenes for Period 2:

Boy's Life
  • Very natural. Nice.
  • Would there be music playing? Maybe "Late party" softer stuff? I don't know...
  • Good work on lines. Make sure you're actually listening to each other: what would happen if your partner said something different at any given time? Would you notice?
  • Cut the Nick part - we don't need it.
  • Almost there, guys. Good work.
Hello, From Bertha
  • Very clear goals. Nice.
  • Careful of your volume, Cheyenne.
  • What would happen if you had a blanket?
  • Christine: try some vocal variations - your upper & lower register - especially during those last couple of lines.
  • Excellent work - get off book and the rest will take shape.
Black Thang
  • Dymonde - lose the jacket, it swallows you.
  • Nice "You never knew that cat."
  • The second half of this scene is much better than the 1st half. This means that you have to focus on your "moment before" a lot more to juice up the energy at the beginning.
  • What happens if you do this on its feet? Tell the story visually.