Key Student Notes: Actor Training 6/25/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key Student Notes: Observations and Analysis 6/26/2016 – The objects you have created with your imagination and intend to use in a cold reading must be real. In other words, these imaginary objects must be accounted for as sense memory objects. Think the object into reality by engaging your human senses and responding to …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 6/23/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key Student Notes: Observations and Analysis 6/23/2016 – Actors often read their lines like turtles. Speed up your dialogue or face the deadly reality of seeming like you’re acting. The core of this craft is to make it look like you’re LIVING. – The Actor is working towards the speed of life. This means …

Yoga And The Actor

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It is highly important for the Actor to keep themselves in good physical condition. This is because it is part of our neutrality. Since freedom of motion is essential to the Actor, we must understand physical neutrality and be able to let go of tensions. Each preexistent tension is really a part of one’s own persona, and therefore it blocks …

Key Student Note: Actor Training 6/19/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key Student Notes: Observations and Analysis 6/18/2016 – Law: In terms of acting on set during the shooting phase, your continuity must be the same every time. There are no exceptions. Every take, regardless if it is your camera angle or not, must be the same every time. Your level of desire will dictate …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 6/16/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key Student Notes: Observations and Analysis 6/16/2016 – Don’t delude yourself by attending a bigger class with more people in it and believing it will grant you better results. Take a step back to understand that less people in a particular class can be a blessing. Usually Peter’s classes are packed, but it’s summer …

The Actor And Their System

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

What stresses people more than anything else is trying to fit in with a system. But, when we look at it deeply, we see that we each have our own system, which has reference to a number of other people’s systems. Still as systemized as things are becoming in this brave new world post-9/11, the individual still has the ability …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 6/12/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key student notes: observations and analysis 6/12/2016 – Everything in acting stems from an acknowledgement and a response. The acknowledgement resonates with the word “yes.” The response follows the word “and.” The improvisational game of “yes and” can be universally applied to all aspects within the acting proximity. The Actor must always agree to …

The Beginner Strategy

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Don’t be afraid to refer back to a feeling of inferiority. The beginner strategy: by reverting back to the beginner’s state of mind, your mind will then become curious about of all of the wonders of the field and script. You suddenly become more open to suggestion. The preconceptions become relinquished and you observe your field like a master anthropologist. …

Acting On Impulse

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Acting on Impulse   We live in a strange world, psychologically speaking. According to psychiatrists, we’re all mentally ill. That is the current definition of humanity and has been for quite some time. After all, we were all born sinners, according to many theological systems. These systems have the effect of making the human impulse an evil thing. By the …

The Introjection Strategy

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO   While you are not performing in class, use the introjection strategy.  But what is introjection? It is the unconscious adoption of the ideas or attitudes of others. You can reverse this definition to suit your needs; instead of it being “unconscious,” shift that into “conscious.” By consciously paying attention and living through the …

Acting Beyond Psychiatry

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

Expression is the answer to depression; it’s right there in the Latin. Yet, we hear so much these days about psychiatric so-called illnesses and their “cures” —pills. These disorders have been falsely created by a network of psychiatrists who have negatively influenced our culture with their labels of people. I hear people often say: that’s narcissistic, you’re being ADHD, he’s …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 6/04/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key Student Notes: Observations and Analysis 6/04/1016     The Actor is an intelligent child. The Actor must be able to articulate diction and proximity relationships most efficiently. There is no excuse as to why during a shoot the actor has forgotten their continuity marks. It is the actors job to keep mental marks …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 5/27/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison 5/27/2016 PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO Key student notes: observations and analysis   The “Yes And” strategy: Everything in acting stems from the foundational understanding of the practicum of “yes and.” “Yes” is the acknowledgement of what your scene partner just said. “And” is the inventive content you improvise that spins off something specific your scene partner has previously said …

The Projection Strategy

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Cultivated from Peter’s listening exercise we do before every class. Objective: Sharpening and strengthening the imagination. Bryce Harrison PETER VALENTINO ACTING STUDIO The Projection strategy: Close your eyes and just listen for a minute. Don’t speak Don’t move. Tune yourself in to all the sounds. Then use your imagination to see what is creating that sound. This can be taken …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 5/21/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison 5/21/2016 Peter Valentino acting studio Key student notes: observations and analysis   In acting, the main focus should be on listening. The actor must be able to go in any direction at any time. Do not come out of character to say “sorry” or “oops” during a cold read (accidentally reading other actors lines, etc.), for it is …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 5/19/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison Peter Valentino Acting Studio Key student notes: observations and analysis 5/19/2015   The actor is picking up on the specificity of the proximity. Improvisation is the foundation of spontaneous acting. The actor must learn to think on their feet. Go deeper into the emotion. As you get lost in the repetitive element, experience the calmness and the openness …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 3/26/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Saturday 3/26/2016 Peter Valentino Acting Studio Actor training for film and television in Los Angeles Bryce Harrison: Notes and Analysis   In actor training we are in the pursuit of getting back to our autonomic responses. You are on the quest to unleashing your true instincts and spontaneity through relinquishing all of these habits and ideals that society foists upon …

Key Student Notes: Actor Training 3/24/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Thursday 3/24/2016 Peter Valentino Acting Studio Actor Training for film & television in Los Angeles Bryce Harrison: Notes and Analysis   We are trained to fight as human beings, learning no from parental figures in our life has created a construct that repels a sense of acceptation. Disdain this construct by just accepting the reality for what it is. The …

Key Student Note: Actor Training 3/17/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison Class notes and analysis: Thursday 3/17 Peter Valentino Acting studio In the “yes and” improvisation game, avoid questions and using the word” but.” But is a negative connotation and does not make the conversation travel somewhere new, it creates an argument which is the opposite of the “yes and” philosophy. Pay attention to all of your conversations in …

Key Student Notes: Actor training

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Saturday 2/20 Television and Film acting class: 2pm-5pm (Every Saturday) Bryce Harrison Notes and Analysis “Yes and…” drill: “Yes and” is a positive connotation, “Yes BUT…” is a negative connotation. Always look for the specificity of your scene partners dialogue and ideas. Look to create a new thread off the previous idea or sentence.  Continuously making the conversation and dialogue …

The Actor Is Seeking Natural Emotions

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All of us are born to Nature. Yes, of course we were each born to parents but, if you ask a mother and a father how they did it (besides the obvious), none would be able to tell you how. Since our individual creation is a complete mystery, it makes sense to be respectful of mystery when you approach Acting. …

The Actor Cleans Up Their Own Life

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

The Actor, as I have said before, must seek a certain neutrality in his own life, from which he can go in either direction. For this, I recommend living a clean and uncluttered life. In the artist, we must find some degree of asceticism. It is a part of us that would give up contrivance and, rather, take the truth. …

There Is No “They” in Actor Training

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There is no “They.” That’s the basis of my philosophy. We are constantly living in reference to a collective “They” that does not exist and that colors and flavors our lives. They say this, They say that “You know what They say…” Who are They? And who are They to tell us everything about our existence. Each person has a …

The Actor Must Be Surfing

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

The most important thing in life is surfing! Yes you heard it right folks. The ability to surf is a critical reality in Acting. I am speaking figuratively in this moment. Stanislavski describes acting as chasing a mouse with a stick. In surfing we are doing a similar thing, but we are using our entire body to follow this naturally …

Actor training: Releasing the Inner Animal

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

The reason for the actor to re-animalize themselves is to be able to connect with the character he or she is playing. We each have a Nature, a Human Nature, and when we connect to that in ourselves, we can connect to the other personality.   The intellect itself is a rather recent addition to the human brain. The frontal …

5 Choices The Actor Must Make: Portraying The Character In A Scene Or An Audition

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

What is the character’s occupation? What does this person do most of the time? What clothes would they wear? If you’re in an audition situation, you want to come wearing clothes that would be appropriate to that character. The character has a certain socio-economic position that you want to portray. In acting class, this could simply mean changing what you …

Acting Uniquely Through The Script: Script Analysis

Peter Valentino Actor Training Blog

  In acting class, play the script not the movie or the actor. When we first start acting we start emulating the people we see on television and in movies. This is a first level for many actors as they are beginning. Yet, it is important to move past this point ASAP. This is because, as a professional, you will …

The Actor Must Love The Character

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The actor must love his character. If you do not love the character whom you are portraying, then you will somehow comment on that character, negatively. If it’s a comedy, and you are not really playing the character as a real human being, then you will be making fun of the character. There is nothing wrong with this, it’s just …