Patrick’s Acting Class Notes: 8/7/18

Remember we’re always working on your talent… the actors ability to be in the scene.

So today we worked on building/discovering a path through the scene. Memorizing is a process full of problems because as we memorize we build in patterns of looking up or seeing lines in our head or verbal patterns based on repeating lines aloud as they are committed to memory. I saw some of this in your first take. I think about dialogue as the footprints on the floor at a dance studio. You just look at the floor and follow the footprints to learn a dance. But if your always looking down at the footprints/the visual memory of the words in your head… then you’re missing the life in the scene. What we did today was uncover the life the path through the material.

Maybe simply put the path is the life in the scene and what you’re talking about. It’s made up of your thoughts and the ideas you’re expressing… your responses to other characters… your feelings and your emotions that are stirred by the conversation. You can say yes when you mean no, or say your happy when your sad, or lie, or simply make statements and tell the truth. The words are not always a clear reflection of your inner world.

Since this was a monologue… We broke the scene into beats… little sections that were complete thoughts. Even the longest monologue is made up of a handful of specific thoughts. When you can break a whole page of monologue into just several thoughts it’s much easier to commit to memory.

Monologue’s are really a conversation. You’re talking to yourself or another or both and your expressing thoughts and feelings and reacting to them as they come out of your mouth. You hear a line and you think, “that was well expressed… or… I didn’t say what I wanted so I have to add this. Or hearing that made me think this or remember that or angered me so I have to say this.” Monologues are a conversation of thoughts and feelings… just like any dialogue but you have to find those thoughts/feelings/ideas (the path) and move through the material just as you would any “my turn your turn” writing.