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THE EIGHT EFFORTS

THE EIGHT EFFORTS

  GRAVITY SPACE TIME
PRESS HEAVY (STRONG) DIRECT SLOW (SUSTAINED)
THRUST HEAVY (STRONG) DIRECT FAST (SUDDEN)
WRING HEAVY (STRONG) INDIRECT SLOW (SUSTAINED)
SLASH HEAVY (STRONG) INDIRECT FAST (SUDDEN)
FLOAT LIGHT (WEAK) INDIRECT SLOW (SUSTAINED)
GLIDE LIGHT DIRECT SLOW (SUSTAINED)
FLICK LIGHT INDIRECT FAST (SUDDEN)
DAB LIGHT DIRECT FAST (SUDDEN)

RUDOLF LABANS

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CHARACTER WORK SHEET

CHARACTER WORK SHEET

 

These are areas for you to explore and think about when creating your character. Please don’t treat this as a list or a “fill in the blanks” exercise. Some of the information may be in the text; some you will have to create for yourself.

 

You don’t have to answer every question, and there may be other areas not on this list that are important for you to consider.

 The information you come up with must be true to the script. It cannot contradict the given circumstances or biographical details set down in the text,

The information you come up with must be useful to you in performing your character. You should feel free to experiment, to explore, to revise any of this any time if you come up with a more useful idea

 

 

Name__________________________________________________

 

Nickname(s)____________________________________________

 

Significance of name and nickname

 

Age_____Exact birthday______________ Birthplace__________________

 

Astrological sign_________________

 

Significance of birth details:

 

Period and Culture

 

Place

 

Social class, politics

 

Historical events that effect your character

 

Family:

 

Parents

 

Sibling(s)

 

Other significant family

 

Absent/distant family

 

Age(s) at which parents or other significant relatives died:

 

How did they die?

 

Surrogate family

 

Biography

 

Significant events in:

 

Childhood:

 

 

Adolescence

 

 

Adulthood

 

 

Education events:

 

Relationship and sexual events:

 

Career and work events

 

Travel, dislocation, relocation

 

Marriage events

 

Medical events

 

Specific places

 

 

Physical Characteristics

 

 

Describe your character’s body from his/her point of view; from another’s’ point of view.

 

 

What words describe your character’s movement? Use images as well as adjectives.

 

 

Energy center

 

 

Medical history, illnesses, pain.

 

 

Posture: describe with an image

 

 

Power focus. What part(s) of the body is the focus of your character’s power? vulnerability?

 

 

What parts of the body are attractive? unattractive? Shameful? Open? Locked?

 

 

Imagine your character’s body in detail

 

 

•   Hair and face

  • Torso and groin
  • Arms and hands
  • Legs and feet

 

 

Movement:

 

Generally, how does your character move? Describe in adjectives and images.

 

heavy/light                            direct/indirect                     sudden (quick)/sustained (slow)

 

Name an animal physically like your character? Be specific as to why and how.

 

What is your character’s attitude and awareness of space?

 

Voice and Speech:

 

Generally, how does your character speak? What tone and volume?

 

Generally, where does your character place his/her voice?

 

What adjectives or aural images or music would you use to describe your character’s voice?

 

Dress

 

How does your character dress? Why does he/she choose her/his attire? Be specific from undergarments to outer-garments, from casual to formal.

 

What are your character’s colors?

 

What style or period??

 

How does your character groom him/herself? Hair? Make up? Scents?

 

Accessories?

 

Occupation/Profession

 

What does your character do for a living? What does the work entail? What are the routines? What parts of the body, mind, or emotions are used?

 

What is your character’s attitude toward work? How important is it? How long has he/she been doing it?

 

What is your character’s status? Who are your character’s superiors, inferiors?

 

Why does your character work? How ambitious?

 

What is your character’s work history? Career arc?

 

 

Relationships/Marriage

 

Is your character married or involved with someone? When and how did that happen?

 

Who does your character have to care for? Children? Old parents? Pets?

 

What are the pleasures and satisfactions?

 

What are the sadnesses, problems, and fears?

 

What is your character’s sexuality and attitude toward sex?

 

What are your characters sexual anxieties?

 

Are there other involvements?

 

What is your character’s relationship history?

 

Other aspects

 

Create a list of your character’s likes and dislikes regarding anything: food, people, quirks, sports, activities, reading, music, entertainment.

 

Books and magazines your character reads; movies and TV shows; music.

 

Most important possessions?

 

Draw a floor plan of your character’s room. What specific objects are there?

 

What are your character’s physical habits?

 

What are your character’s secrets? Who knows about them? What secrets does only your character know?

 

What people you know are like your character? What actor would play your character?

 

What music would you play on your ipod to “get into character”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEUTRAL SCENE


 


A: Please

 

B: I can’t

 

A: Just try

 

B: I don’t know

 

A: Please

 

B: Can you

 

A: Don’t Even

 

B: But

 

A: No

 

B: You’re Mad  

 

A: Please  

 

B: Alright  

 

A: Ready  

 

B: You know 

 

A: What’s that?  

 

B: Here  

 

A: Okay  

 

B: Great   

ACTING WITH BEATS: ONE

OVERALL OBJECTIVE: INTENTION What is your overall objective in the scene? It must be SINGULAR, IMMEDIATE, AND PERSONAL. If you make an entrance, it brings you into the space.

  • SINGULAR: You must be focused on one thing.
  • IMMEDIATE: It must be something you can get now.
  • PERSONAL:  It must be important to you.

OBSTICLE: WHAT IS IN MY WAY? You must be able to play the obstacle. It cannot be abstract.

  • EXTERNAL OBSTICLE: Focused on an object or person outside you: a corkscrew, a sound, the way a character looks at you.
  • INTERNAL OBSTICLE: Focused on something inside you: a fear, a memory, a desire. It must be specific. It can be an image in your mind. It can lead to expression in your body: sweaty armpits.

ACTION (TACTIC): What you do to get to your objective.

  • Advance toward the objective
  • Overcome an obstacle
  • Deal with current circumstance
  • Be expressed with an active verb
  • Connect with the other actor
  • Be conditioned by the relationship (which changes in the scene from minute or second to minute or second).
  • Change all the time.

YOUR OBJECTIVES MUST BE SPECIFIC AND PLAYABLE IN THE SCENE

  • Bad objective: to make her happy; to make her love me
  • Good objective: To  make her laugh at my funny face!

YOUR ACTIONS MUST BE VERBS – AND THEY MUST BE DOABLE IN THE SCENE! THE VERB MUST LEAD TO A RESULT YOU CAN CATCH IN THE SCENE. Here is an extensive list of playable verbs by Paul Kuritz. You can add your own. The more specifc your verb, the more specific your action

  • VERB: To amuse.
  • ACTION: I stick out my tongue and cross my eyes

THIS ACTION WILL LEAD TO A RESULT YOU WANT, OR NOT. IF IT DOESN’T, THEN WHAT? CHANGE ACTION? REPEAT ACTION?

BEATS: Every scene/moment must be broken down into beats!

  •  I’VE GOT TO_____________ (>)
  • HOW ­­­______________ (<)
  • SO I _____________(=)

Example 1: External

>Open this jar<How stuck it is!=I use my upper body and squeeze my hands as hard as I can<my hands hurt!>rest my hands=I stop twisting and shake out my hands

Example 2: Internal

>Get the boss behind that door to give me a raise<I don’t know what mood he’s in>I will get him to say “come in”>I knock softly on the door.

LINE: BOSS: Come in! What do you want? (shouts angrily)

< How angry he sounds! > My body stiffens> I won’t ask him now > I open the door gently> How he’s glaring at me!> I will sooth him>I smile and gently open the door:

LINE: (smiling) Just wanted to know if there’s anything you need, Mr. Tan.

IMAGES:

Images can motivate a moment from inside the actor: for example:

  • I knock softly on the door (Image: touching a hot stove)
  • How angry he sounds! (Image: Memory: my father shouting at me)

 


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