Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why Action/ReAction can save a performance

Many actors wonder why they need to go to the trouble of orchestrating their performances as the Action/ReAction technique demands. They have been taught to be 'in the moment' and feel that what they are feeling, if authentic, should be sufficient.

Unfortunately, film imposes certain technological problems with this. Note that Wendy is in one moment in the two-shot and yet another moment in her close-up. The two takes don't match when you try to edit them together. I can't tell you how many actors have complained that their scene was cut from a movie on which they had worked. I just assume it has to do with their takes not matching thus making the scene difficult or impossible to edit.

With a well choreographed performance that is consistent from take to take, the actor becomes an editor's dream--just one of the benefits of Action/ReAction.

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