By Mia Muschek I had the opportunity to watch Oz: The Great and Powerful this weekend and I realized that future of the movie industry. That is, the future of green screen and special effects. Only the first twenty or so minutes of the movie consisted of on location shooting. The remaining 110 minutes of the movie were shot in a studio with a green screen backdrop. Needless to say, I was amazed by the technology. I was transported into this wonderful world of Oz, without even realizing it was happening. I was able to believe that Oz and Glenda were flying through the air in bubbles, or that flowers […]
Maria Lopez (Mlo to my fans) Dateline: Hollywood We were hired to shoot and live Webcast an interesting event in Hollywood (Along with our West Coast American Movie Company team). The gig was a post ComicCon Convention of Supergirl Fans. The idea was to exchange views, opinions, and fanatically held almost religious beliefs regard the perfect actress to embody the “ girl of steel” Spoiler alert Megan Fox is Supergirl according to the drooling fans We gathered our Sony EX3 ENG cameras, TriCaster 855, MultiCorder and VazztSystem and headed to Sunset Strip for the big event. The all male, all geek, team had many suggestions form Anne Hathaway the current […]
Video production has become one of the most important components of any marketing campaign. In order to reach a larger amount of people, marketing firms are finding that it is absolutely essential that they branch out into the virtual realm. There is, however, a method to their madness; these time-tested strategies used in video production will insure the success of your projects and the marketability of your product.
The casting process is an often misunderstood and mysterious process. Actors try endless things to make their best impression but it is often overlooked because honestly, they’re just trying too hard. A great majority of actors are kiss-asses. They walk in a room with the biggest smile they are capable of and then serenade the casting director with polite mindless conversation in hopes of wooing them in their favor. It’s not about that. It’s about the work, plain and simple. It’s about you.Commercial and television/film auditions are entirely different beasts. In a theatrical audition you have a script, you’re a character. Most of the time you’ve had at least a […]
Stage Acting Finding Your Light Much like finding your mark in film, finding your light on stage is a tricky technique. Unlike film, where a mark is set up specifically for an actor, lighting in a stage production is set up more generally – to light the scene. It’s up to you to find your light. The easiest way to do this is by feeling the light on your face and in your eyes. Stage lights are set from above, so when you step into your spot, per your blocking, feel where the light shines on you. Ideally, you should feel the heat of the light on your […]
Liz Becker Actress Two things that make a great actor: The two things that make a great actor are the ability to live in imaginary circumstances and the ability to allow that life to be transferred to an audience. The thing you can practice at home is the creation of imaginary circumstances. If you have the piece you’ll be auditioning with already, great, if not, you can make up a set of circumstances and work towards those. As an example, let’s say you’re auditioning with a monologue about a boy who decides to run away from his cruel family and join the circus. I certainly hope your family is not […]
The human voice is like a muscle. To work really well, it should be warmed up. There’s nothing magical about the warmup, you basically want to get each part of the anatomy involved in vocal production to get moving before speaking. Good actors know this and are good at warming up their voices. But a good speech coach can guide non-actors through a quick warmup. Here’s how it’s done. 1) Quickly explain to the presenter the importance of warmup — that it will make their job easier since they’re less likely to trip up on words when they’re warmed up. Also they’ll sound a lot better! 2) Guide them through […]
Operative words are a vital tool for actors. Basically, they are the most important words in the script and help get the meaning across to audience members. Here’s an example for a script from the CEO of Delta Airlines. “Here at Delta, our primary concern is your safety. Our team is best in the business.” The CEO is likely not trained in public speaking and he may not have even seen the script until a minute or two before taping begins. A simple, easy tip is to offer him operative words to emphasize — those will dictate the meaning and really make the text clear. So, what words would really make […]