Enjoy working with F.A.N. (Frome Actors Network). They're a courageous, talented, enthusiastic performers; pushing their skill and knowledge. I ran an "Act for Screen" workshop (late Feb) with 7 FANs. Thanks for hosting Merlin Theatre, Frome.
Focus was on differences between stage/screen performance - to communicate feelings - REAL emotion - to camera; inner and outer conflict, shifting power balances, subtext. A series of exercises based around improvisation, experimenting (not done this before with adults), trying to get actors to make their work small - subtle enough for the camera which magnifies everything.
We produced three very short (60 seconds or less) films from an exercise called "Empty Dialogue" - groups of actors are given the same 6-8 lines of non-commital script and given 10 mins to prepare a scene with distinct sense of character.
we shot on green screen. I confess to failing to clock the subtlety of the performances at the time - too busy looking at the camera positions and wonder how it would all edit together. Only when I saw the footage. A revelation which confounded my expectations.. Learning.
See the films below - screengrabs below those.
The Deal - Nu-Noir just for fun - Frome Actors Network "Acting for Screen" Workshop [Feb 2018]
Mark R. Scopes in The Deal - a hitman with something to hide.
The Deal: B/W with occasional BIG colour.
The Deal - Lucy Kirkman is dangerously soft spoken...
Sensitive performances from Benedict Wane (front) and Ross Scott in CARPARK
Masses of subtext - the final cut worked better with a softer, ethereal soundtrack.
Experimenting with "trapped" extreme wide framing in D•E•A•L.
William Finkenrath gets understated intimidation from Denis Dogan's demonic debt collector.
D•E•A•L: When it's time to go... a deal's a deal. [Left: hellish henchman Simon Blakeman]
Film links are below: