Acting : Action/ReAction technique: Before & After by Stephen Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell

Action/ReAction technique: Before & After

When I begin an acting lesson for the first time with an actor, I write a few lines of dialogue and ask them to use the technique with which they are most comfortable. I tell them to pretend they are auditioning for Steven Spielberg and take all the time they need. When they are ready for Mr. Spielberg, we tape it. Then, I give them about 10-15 minutes of instruction in my Action/ReAction technique and tape the same dialogue again and compare the two versions. The two takes seen here were taped 15 minutes apart and show the immediate difference in the performance: Within six weeks of private sessions, the actor is transformed into a seasoned performer. Because of time and distance considerations, most of my private sessions are conducted via Skype and FaceTime, but in-person sessions can also be arranged. If you know someone who might be interested, please forward the link to this blog post to them.

Rachael Wegener

mmm interesting there was more beats and colour present in the second one ! Nice, much nicer !!! Yes difference is quiet interesting.

Stephen Mitchell

Thank you, Rachael. Fifteen minutes of instruction made quite a difference and she has progressed substantially from what is seen here. It was generous of her to allow me to use this sample.

Autumn Weisz

I can see!

Stephen Mitchell

I created the technique to train the actors in my repertory company for film & television in order to make our movies more salable and our actors more marketable. Part of the technique concerns itself with resonating constituent groups in the audience to widen the actor's appeal.

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