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Specific Clues

Step three looking at acting scripts, focusing on adding specific clues.

In this video, Johan talks about how the text will offer specific clues as to how we might play a certain moment. This can be thought of as the musicality of the scene.

The writer will have an idea of how the text should be performed and will have expressed that in the writing.

Thinking about this might seem like it goes against everything else that’s been said in this course, where it has been stressed that you shouldn’t decide beforehand how you’re going to say your lines but instead listen and answer truthfully and organically in the moment.

The reality is that you can do both. You can listen and answer truthfully and at the same time know that you need to for instance build to a big crescendo in the scene. It’s the combination of the two that will make your performance great.

Now you can start to put it all together. Just remember, don’t forget to listen. To be present and open. One moment at a time.

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