Meisner Technique for Film Acting

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Meisner Technique for Film Acting
Start: 03/12/2013 - 2:00am
End: 03/12/2013 - 4:00am

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“Meisner Technique for Film Acting” – presented by Robert Epstein

Meisner Technique is known for its ability to produce fresh, improvisational behavior, as well as the ability to build a truthful, compelling performance from the actor’s own creative impulses. Robert Epstein’s NY and DC programs have delivered these skills to stage and film actors for over 25 years. In this upcoming installment of Robert’s SAG workshops, he once again applies the basic principles of Meisner Technique to the challenges of film acting.

The film actor does not have a long time to rehearse – often he or she will not even see the script until it is almost time to shoot, or may deal with last-minute revisions. Meisner gives film actors the capability to adapt, improvise and quickly determine what is needed for a particular shot or scene. Meisner brings new life to script material, and when the actor is called upon to improvise a scene or just a compelling close-up moment, the Meisner actor can employ his impulses to give a truthful and compelling result. Because of its immediacy and adaptability, Meisner Technique is also an effective technique for approaching cold readings, similar to the uncertainties as film acting.

This workshop will focus on the ability to respond in the moment, which is the basic Meisner skill, and the ability to apply creative impulses to a “quick study” of a script segment, which can be equally applied to film acting and cold reads. And if you are doing a technical piece or an industrial, you will be able to find the human element that can be brought to it, making it more truthful and lively.

Robert Epstein, known as DC's resident Meisner expert, has taught his long-term program for actors,
The Complete Actor's Training, for over 25 years. He has taught a number of workshops for the
SAG-AFTRA Conservatory and the Actor's Center, and directed both film and theatre projects in the DC area.

When: 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 14

Where: SAG-AFTRA 7735 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 950
Bethesda, MD 20814 Tel. (301) 657-2560

Coordinator: Kirk Penberthy

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