In today’s Meisner Monday video, students practice how to deal with strong tension with their partners.
This video reminds us that generalized emotion cannot be the goal of your crafting. Specificity and a direct understanding of the success or failure of what you are doing is the key. As Sandy always said “The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.”
In this video students have added shared circumstances to the improvisation, where the person entering now has something they need from their partner. Elizabeth shows how important it is not to lose contact with your partner just because you have an objective.
The fifteenth video in our 3 Minute Meisner series, our students are encouraged to express their emote their lines as a genuine reaction to their partner and the scene. This is accomplished only through true vulnerability and openness, skills (qualities) that are honed through training and practice.
The fourteenth video in the series. Elizabeth talked about how fear and anger are intertwined,and how the delicate and fragile happy emotion would be popped up against. Students tried to perform such conflicts. Acting is not merely showing emotions,however. Watch Elizabeth giving advice right now.
The thirteenth video in a series of 3 minute segments of a Meisner class. The student tried to perform the trickiest emotion:Happy. How to bring the happy emotion to life through the somehow pedestrian actions is challenging.Watch Elizabeth giving advice right now.
In this installment of the Meisner Monday’s video series, Elizabeth prepares her students to find the emotional states that actors are required to bring to scenes, often from minute one.
The ninth video in the series. How an actor should prepare for his/her role? Elizabeth encourages students to explore their personal fantasy lives. Some people act from a point of power, some out of joy or sexual desire – it’s all about your personal fantasy life.
The eighth video in the series. Repetition is changed by improvisation on the text. We continue into the second trial.
The seventh video in our ongoing series. Repetition is substituted by improvising on text. When students get to absorbed in thinking, Elizabeth points out that impulse should come first.
Now Enrolling for Intensive Summer Meisner Technique Classes