Acting : What actors look for in a screenplay by Richard Hyde

Richard Hyde

What actors look for in a screenplay

I asked a local actress what it is she looks for in a screenplay. This is her response. Do you agree? What other elements do you look for? http://rwhyde.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/what-actor-looks-for-in-screenplay...

What an Actor Looks for in a Screenplay - Guest Article by Molly Kerr
What an Actor Looks for in a Screenplay - Guest Article by Molly Kerr
Over to you, Molly! This isn't as representative as I would like it to be. So I have below a series of points that are of personal importance to me but other actors may disagree. Hey, that rhymed! Don…
Jonathan Anelli

In my acting classes we look at a lot of scenes. we've a been taught a process whereby the first thing we do is look for two points where the scene changes. Firstly we're taught to look for the point where the conflict between characters comes in and then where the conflict has reached is apex. We've found that the scenes that get the best out of us as actors have points where these are easy to find. if a scene has absolutely no conflict whatsoever its harder for the actor to work out where the writer is going with the scene. Also scenes that are high drama are really hard to do if the drama is continually high as it doesn't leave the actor anywhere to go

Richard Hyde

Hey, Jonathan. Really good post. As a writer I'd say if there's no conflict in the scene it shouldn't be in the script but great to hear from an actor's perspective. Can I use your comment on the original post on my blog as well? Richard

Jonathan Anelli

ha, that's exactly what our Acting tutor said, he argued that if there's no conflict its not going to engage the audience and most probably isn't driving the narrative forward. Yeah no problem with adding my post to your blog

Richard Hyde

Your acting tutor is spot on! Thank you for that. It's a really good point for the local actors here to be reminded of.

Chuck Dudley

Great advice. My action/character descriptions and parentheticals for how dialog should be spoken is at a bare minimum just enough to get the point across.

Richard Hyde

I'd have to say I rarely use parentheticals at all. If the actor can't pick up the intended tone then I probably haven't written the scene properly.

Chuck Dudley

I feel the same way too Richard -- I really don't like to write how an actor should speak a line of dialogue and avoid it at all costs.

John Seidman

Excellent blog. I get her point. She, as an actress, wants to be able to use her creativity. That will give me something to think about on my next screenplay.

Karen Keslen

Awesome article! Thank you for the tip, Mr. Hyde.

Richard Hyde

Do you have specific examples in mind that we could have a look at, Chris? Would be interesting to analyse...

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