Wednesday, February 07, 2007

ON ACTING: Views on Preparation

"Preparation" is the actor's process of sensitizing oneself emotionally (before a scene) so that the subsequent scene (and its specific stimuli) will impact an actor most acutely--and therefore more excitingly--during the scene.

"Preparation" is similar to a safe cracker sanding their fingertips before unlocking a that the safe cracker can minutely feel the most minute clicks of lock-turning more acutely and effectively during action of their occupation.

"Preparation" is the actor's heightening one's potential for subsequent performance feeling: by softening or even eradicating the (actor's) dead outer layer of skin in advance of the scene, to shed the desensitized outer layer of protection (created by a life time of fear, doubts) that can minimize deep, powerful feelings in a scene; to enable the actor to walk into a scene 'raw'--subject to 'the thousand shocks' of pain and pleasure that audiences pay good money to see the actor-as-character experience.


Blogger Myles said...

I'm determined to peel all that dead stuff off of me. One layer at a time. It's harder than I'd imagined, but with your guidance and patience rolling down from that mountain top, I'm gonna get it. Thanks.


7:49 PM  
Blogger Myles said...

Everytime I read this particular blog on preparation I get excited. Being able to walk into a scene 'raw', you gotta love that one! thanks Cliff.

7:07 PM  

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