One Hundred Eighteen

RECOMMENDED BOOK FOR THE ACTORS MONOLOGUES FORUM « actorsmonologuesforum.

I’ve only seen this book on the shelves but have yet to read it.

AMF follows the 12- step acting techniques that are outlined in the book as a comprehensive guide and teaching tool.

  1. OVERALL OBJECTIVE: What does your character want from life more than anything? Finding out what your character wants throughout the script. Its important for the actor to identify their characters primal need, goal or OBJECTIVE. Its best used when an actor finds the appropriate personal pain that can effectively drive this OBJECTIVE.
  2. SCENE OBJECTIVE: What your character wants over the course of an entire scene, which supports the characters OVERALL OBJECTIVE.
  3. OBSTACLE: Determining the physical, emotional and mental hurdles that make it difficult for your character to achieve his or her overall and SCENE OBJECTIVE.
  4. SUBSTITUTION: Endowing the other actor in the scene with a person from your real life that makes sense to your OVERALL AND SCENE OBJECTIVE.
  5. INNER OBJECTS: The pictures you see in your mind when speaking or hearing about a person place, thing or event.
  6. BEATS AND ACTIONS: A BEAT is a thought. Every time theres a change in thought, theres a BEAT change. ACTIONS are the mini-OBJECTIVES that are attached to each BEAT that support the SCENE OBJECTIVES.
  7. MOMENT BEFORE: The event that happens before you begin the scene. This is created by your imagination. It gives you a place to move from, physically and emotionally.
  8. PLACE AND FOURTH WALL: You endow your characters physical reality, with your imagination. Its best used with attributes from your real life, it creates privacy, intimacy, history, meaning and safety.
  9. DOINGS: The handling of props which produces behavior.
  10. INNER MONOLOGUE: The dialogue thats going on inside your head that you dont speak out loud. Its also called an inner thought.
  11. PREVIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: Your characters history. This is important its also called CHARACTER BACKGROUND. This is the information that determines why your character is what he is. And how he operates in the world and why. This will help you to understand your characters behavior and bring more of a real connection.
  12. LET IT GO: Just what it means LET IT GO and trust its all there. The foundation of your work. Trust your instincts and natural impulses. Stay aware of your surroundings. Be as curious as possible.
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