MOOD NOTES FOR THE ACTORS

Supporting your actors with detailed guided notes on emotions and interpretations

'CHOICES-OBJECTIVE' TECHNIQUE

ACTORS - you have MOOD NOTES in the script. These are the PRE-PRODUCTION responsibility of the PLAYWRIGHT and DIRECTOR. This does not to deny your creativity. (In stage rehearsals, there is time to explore. RADIO PRODUCTION is speedy.)
  ACTORS add to MOOD NOTES and make them their own.
 EXAMPLES: half-jokingly - beginning to dawn on her - embarrassed and slightly indignant - scared but trying to be strong - building up further to her warning - quickly - she has won the exchange - glad to change the subject - astonished - building up to end of scene and to intrigue the listeners
 DIRECTOR - use MOOD NOTES to work more speedily. These are only a guide. You have to make clear to actors that this is co-operative work.
 MOOD NOTES are not fixed. Anything can be changed in PRODUCTION. You are all open to discovery and to creative TEAM work. Open to CHOICES.
MOOD NOTE is the suggested OBJECTIVE for the actor.
Choices - you discover the different CHOICES for each line and phrase - the final CHOICE becomes the actor's OBJECTIVE

DIRECTING THE ACTOR - objective, obstacle, subtext, adjustment, choices, objective

 TECHNICAL NOTES NEEDED FOR EACH SCENE - PRODUCTION-POSTPRODUCTION information - FXs - microphone positions - scene boundaries - music
 STARTING-UP - GETTING THE 'IDEA' - TEAM-WORK - SCRIPTING
 THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION - PRE-PRODUCTION, PRODUCTION, POSTPRODUCTION
 HOW MANY WORDS FOR A 5-MINUTE EPISODE? HOW MANY SCENES?

 ALAN BECK'S FORMULA FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS
 Types of radio plays (fiction and mixed genres)
 Storyboard - layout of scenes and details - how to make it work for you

 Acting - some key terms
 Acting - Summary of what the actor must achieve, from Felner, Free To Act:
 OBJECTIVE - What the character is trying to achieve
 Taking a scene apart
 Embodying - getting the character's body into the dialogue
 Radio drama dialogue is much more than the words on the page
 'umms' (1) characters' reactions while others (scene partners) are speaking, (2) establishing presence
 Avoid the impression of 'stand-and-deliver' acting & dialogue

 

 

 

 

 

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