Posted by Joleene DesRosiers

If you’ve shot a film and either edited it yourself or watched an editor do it, than you know that editing different shots together can create a whole new meaning not already present in the original shots.

It’s called the Kuleshov Effect, and when it was birthed in the early 1920’s by soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, it changed the way filmmakers told their story. According to independent filmmaker Mark Duggan, actors can learn from this historic, cinematic effect, and apply it to their own acting.

Actors Stop Giving So Much on Set Less is Actually More

That would mean, after spending thousands of dollars on acting classes, and, in order to put this concept into play on set, the actor would essentially have to do “nothing” to bring new meaning not already present in the original shots.

If that ticks you off as an actor, talk to Robert De Niro first. He agrees with this acting technique. So does Mark Duggan. They believe that doing a lot really means doing, well, just a little. They also believe filmmakers can get more punch from their cast if pro actors understand this.

Click below to learn more about
what Duggan is presenting to actors:

Less is More Than Enough: Acting and The Kuleshov Effect


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