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Vox Method: The Acting Process


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Auteur : W. Steven Lecky


ISBN13 : 9782894702451
Copyright : 2009
Nombre de pages : 402


Présentation

Vox Method: The Acting Process is a revolutionary and exciting training program for actors that never waivers from the belief that ultimate artistic liberty is dependent on a solid grounding in technique. Throughout the book and its accompanying DVD, extensive and clearly defined acting terminology is developed that greatly facilitates discussion. Vox Method: The Acting Process demystifies the craft of acting – making it more accessible, comprehensible and concrete.

 

Summary: The Large Structures of Thought – The Small Structures of Thought – Packaging Text – Inflection – The “Pull” – Performance Pace – Impulse – The Imprint – The Acting Plane – Stagecraft – Implicit Movement – Interactive Movement – Liberating the Instrument – Creating Character – Pushing the Boundaries – Appendices.


Auteur

W. Steven Lecky
Dawson College
W. Steven Lecky is one of Canada's foremost acting and voice trainers. He is head of Dawson College's Professional Theatre Program and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, as well as at Concordia and McGill universities. After 30 years auditioning students, Steven knows all the secrets of great auditions!
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Table des matières

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

 

Introduction

 

Chapter 1 — The Large Structures of Thought

Finding the Large Structures

Discussion

Interpretive Zones

The Transition

Structuring Dialogue

Discussion

Punctuation

“Practising What You Preach”

The Rehearsal Unit

Productive Rehearsals

Testing Your Structures

Routine Structural Analysis

Looking Ahead

Contents

 

Chapter 2 — The Small Structures of Thought

Inserts

The Parenthetical Phrase

Relative Clauses

Figures of Address

Comparisons

Listing

Itemized Lists

Structural Lists

Maintaining Spontaneity

General Principles

Routine Text Preparation

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 3 — Packaging Text

Charting Speech Rhythm

Word Groupings

Creative Reinvestment

Suspending Speech

Anticipate and Reinvest

Repetition for Volume

Level Change

High and Low

Line Contour

Packaging for Comprehension

Contracted Structures

Inverted Structures

The Hierarchy of Packages

Contrast and Variety

Inspiration Versus Control

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 4 — Inflection

The Function of Inflection

Open Inflection: “Boing”

The Closed Inflection: “Thud”

The Questioning Inflection: “Huh” 

The Pulled Inflection: “Pow”

The Extended Open Inflection: “Mom”

Horizontal Stress

Practising Inflection

General Principles

Creative Presence

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 5 — The “Pull”

Writing Intention

Intention and Interpretation

Discussion

An Informed Choice

Positioning the “Pull”

Listening for “Pulls”

Prioritizing Emphasis

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 6 — Performance Pace

Inherent Pacing Change

Fast and Slow

Ebb and Flow

Pace and Emotion

Springboarding

Monosyllables

Shakespeare’s Meter

Misconceptions

Text Comprehension

The Pause

The “Vertical” Pause

The “Earned” Pause

The Impulse-Driven Pause

Performance Pace

The “Blurt” 

Dispelling Thrust

Anticipation

The “Suspension Bridge”

The “Ball Toss”

The “Mute”

The Patina of Spontaneity

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 7 — Impulse

The Reactive Chain-of-Command

Developing an Impulse Vocabulary

Isolating Thought

Impulse-Driven Action

Preparing the Text

Nurturing Impulse

Preoccupation

Feelings… Nothing More Than Feelings

Technical Liberation

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 8 — The Imprint

The Physical Imprint

Sustaining the Imprint

The Dumb Show

The Impulsive Blank

Capturing the Moment

The Facial Imprint

Eye Movement 

Freeing the Imprint

Imprinting the Voice

Looking for Tone

Listening for Impulse

A Complete Expressive Event

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 9 — The Acting Plane

The Acting Plane

Developing the Acting Planes

Rationale for the Chair

The Influence of Packages

Large Structures

Tapping into the Gravitational Centre

Discovering the Gravitational Clock

Precision and Stillness

Creative Standing

The Defining “Pull” Clause

Zeroing in on the Acting Plane

Pelvic Motor Energy

A Wider Expressive Palette

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 10 — Stagecraft

The Spatial Clock

The Fundamentals

Odd-Numbered Steps

The “Plant and Tuck” Stop

Open and Closed

The Cross-Step

The Weight Shift

The Upside Curved Cross

The Pivot Step

Upstage Appendage

The Rotation

The Chair Option

Sharing the Clock

The Roundhouse

The Pursuit 

The Top Counter

The Block

Maintaining Dramatic Tension

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 11 — Implicit Movement

Direct and Diffuse

Discussion

Expressive Nuance

Juxtaposition

Implicit Blocking

Moving with Direct and Diffuse

The Extra Impulse

The Performance Clocks: Gravitational, Spatial, Facial

Unlocking the Movement Codes

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 12 — Interactive Movement

To and Fro

Shedding Tension

Status

Distance and Proximity

Moving in Increments

Discussion

Elastic Tension

Distance and Proximity in a Monologue

Discussion

General Principles

Developing from One Thought to the Next

Contrapuntal Movement

Stage Business

Competing Stimuli

Preoccupation

Set Design

Properties

Discussion

Shifting Stimuli

Extra Impulses

Discussion

Invaluable Aids

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 13 — Liberating the Instrument

Obstruction and Collision

Externalization

Challenging the Acting Plane

The Stance

The Physical Axes

Disciplining Stance

Excessive Movement

Gesticulating

What to do with Those Arms

Stock Gestures

Shifting Focus

Mugging

Excessive Volume

Thrust

Emoting

Intellectualizing

The Art of Acting

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 14 — Creating Character

“Art Imitates Life”

Body and Movement

Fieldwork

Character-Specific

Characters in Text

Word Choice

Discussion

The Dramatic Detective

Discussion

Widening the Impulse Vocabulary

Personalization

Transparency

Impulsive Preoccupation

The Character Voice

Attention to the Script

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 15 — Pushing the Boundaries

Stimulating the Creative

Finding the Expressive Centre

Challenging the Voice

The Energy of Impulse

The Animal Within

Developing From Impulse to Impulse

Interaction

Body Language

Communicating Impulse

Letting the Animal Emerge

Developing Relationships

Extending the Interactive

Costumes and Props

Keeping the Character Fresh

Liberty

Looking Back

 

Appendix A — Solutions and suggestions

Appendix B — Preparing to perform

Glossary

Index of exercises and explorations

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