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Adding the Words

Step one looking at acting scripts, focusing on adding words and information.

In this video, Johan talks about how to add the words on top of all the work we’ve done so far. To use your lines to answer whatever the moment is from your point of view.

He then encourages us to try to act before we think, meaning to start talking before we’ve had a chance to decide how we’re going to say the line.

One thing he suggests that we consciously do at this point though, is to look for statements and questions. Whenever you see a question mark, that’s a question. So, ask the question and expect an answer. If there isn’t a question mark at the end of the sentence then it’s a statement. So, simply make the statement.

So, either you’re working on a monologue or a dialogue scene, now it’s time to get up on the floor and start trying it out.

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