All of us have had the experience of listening to a teachers critique and then afterwards not being able to remember a thing they said. So..... After each of our on-camera audition style acting classes you'll get notes from Patrick that will review the whole class as well as your performance and help you focus your thoughts on your work. They provide a chance for you to quietly and privately work on your talent outside of the pressure of class. You'll find these notes insightful and thought provoking. They also provide a reference for working on future projects that have similar challenges.

some thoughts 9/17/13


Six of us.  Great variety of material.  Most of it currently auditioning.


Aaron bringing back the paralegal.  Rob doing a lawyer audition for Fargo.  Will as a hip teacher for a movie.  Tracy as a mayor dressing down the sheriff for a movie.  Casey finding a body in a rug and a second scene throwing someone out of his wedding… one film and one TV.


Tracy….  Your question was how to make it more special as a submission.  I think we found a way.  We just opened it up.  We added movement, had some other characters walk by, and did a false exit(which was a great idea but we didn’t execute it as well as we imagined).  I think there a big lesson here.  When we video submit stuff we should be more expansive.  Think more of the What and the Where and not just concentrate on the dialogue….which you had down cold.    And when we did that….. we also expanded his character/Who.  Loved the lighter touch on the opening and the arc that developed.  I think the lesson here is don’t play safe in submissions !


Will…. A teacher….Great character for you.  It plays to your strengths and your professional experience.  We pushed for more play and more out there stuff…. you don’t ever have to worry about the more meaningful dedicated parts of your characters.  Those qualities are abundant in your persona.  I’d love to see you do him again and find even more comfort in the life.  We were a little early in process and with more time should be interesting discoveries.


Aaron….  Your talent and your intelligence is so well suited to this kind of material and character.  I want you to do her one more time so you get her in your body.  “That was good work,”  Aaron.  Do more.  It strengthens your creative muscles.


Casey….  We looked for the right size and style.  Interesting that we had to increase size for the rug dude.  We came up to the style.  It was an episodic !…. and the first scene comedic discovery of a murder !  They just wrote a goofy character to start the episode.  And we all agreed it was stylistically on point.  BUT in the movie we chose intensity over size…. and got smaller.  Or is that just a question of style too?  Both characters were believable.  Nice job.


Rob….  We followed your MO and increased character.  That take from the morning was so good.  Way too late though….. at take 21…. but a perfect take !  If we had had a little more time in the morning… it was a bad traffic day… shit happens.  The second scene we increased character…. because that is the Cohen style… and it came easier.  It’s the same style vs size process as Casey.  What you guys generally do is bring a strong character choice to the material and we adjust to stye of show. Here today we had to build character.  I think the takes we ended up with made a good audition.


That was  a nice night of some good work.


Thanks Patrick