Preparing the Cast

Knowing the key relationship between directors and actors I had arranged two rehearsals unfortunately one was cut short.  Prior to the rehearsal I read chapters 18 to 25 in Rabinger’s (2012)  Directing, Film Techniques and Aesthetics, there is too much to summarize, but my key takeaways were: Actors don’t need authority or challenge, they need recognition and support and the director is the only one to confer it. Direct positively. Ask questions.  Less is more, and let the actor find the voice.

These rehearsals conducted in an informal environment allowed myself and the actors to explore what Rabinger (2012) says are essential in the acting process, circumstances, backstory, justifications, objectives, beats , character function and thematic overview.

It also allowed me as the director to tease out the conflict, dramatic tension and character rhythms in the text.  This was a very productive day in that the cast were growing more confident in their roles, to such an extent that we made some adjustments to dialogue to fit role.  My only regret is that we could have have done with at least one more rehearsal.

Rabiger, M. and Hurbis-Cherrier, M. (2012) Directing: Film techniques and aesthetics. 5th edn. Waltham, MA: Taylor & Francis.


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