performance as an actor, as well as interacting with the camera and other people of the crew. Today, I want to focus on the actor's personal and camera etiquette. Other tips for
- Always keep going until the director shouts “Cut!” and then keep on acting for a bit.
- If you mess up a line, keep going until the director call a halt to the take. Let it be HIS decision.
- Do not stop a take for any reason, except for possible injury or death.
- Never look directly into the camera lens unless specifically requested to do so.
- Never ask the director what size of shot it is – ask the camera operator.
- Hit your mark! Being in the right place is often more important than saying the right line.
- Maintain your concentration and eye lines all through the tedium of lineup and rehearsal; it helps both your fellow actors and the crew.
- An actor only has status between “Action!” and “Cut!” Exception: A star may have it all the time.
- Never say you do not want to play a role; say that you are unavailable. Never say “No,” say “Maybe” instead. It keeps you more available for future consideration.
- Generally, ignore the camera lens; let it discover you.
- Don’t merely cheat an eye line, motivate it.
- If both your eyes cannot “see” the camera lens, your face will appear to be obscured.
- Keep on an imaginary narrow path that stretches out from the front of the camera. Remember that shots are composed in depth, not width.
- In a 3-shot, put the lens in the middle of the gap, not yourself.
- If you have trouble hitting a mark, line up 2 objects at the final position you have to hit. Establish a “web.”
- Shoulders angled toward the camera often look better than straight-on ones.
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