Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Free Online Acting Education Class 2018 Lesson 2

Lesson 2 

Before looking at your own acting, look at other people's acting. If you are not able to attend a performance on stage, then you can watch movies. Your first homework assignment is to go see a play or watch a movie and select an actor that you feel did an amazing performance that you can learn from.

When picking a movie to watch, think about a movie that had a major impact on you. What is your favorite movie and why? Is it the actors? Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good?

Watch a movie or see a play and pick an actor who you think was really good. What actor did you believe was "real"? Sometimes famous actors aren't the best actors. Was there an actor who was better than the well known person? Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character? Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?


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  1. 1. Not that I believe.
    2. Yes. There was an actor that made me believe the character was real. She had the right facial expressions that matched what she's saying, and every line was amazing. She had a great voice range, and I really believed she brought the character to life.

    1. What is your favorite movie and why?
      A: Spiderman Homecoming because the actors make the movie seem real, not just a dialogue. There are two actors in that movie that I admire so much, their expressions are so realistic; Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland.
      Tom holland was real, but Robert Downey Jr. was so real, he knew how to get into the character.
      In series, such as ¨Dark¨, there was Louis Hoffman. He totally changed his look and expressions to get into the character, and I wish i´d know what was his secret. Maybe I will learn about that in this blog.

  2. My favourite thing to watch is victorious cat is amazing is at acting her real name Ariana Granda she so good her voice is just crazy my favourite part is her laugh 😂

    1. I watched To Kill A Mockingbird(play) and it was so good. One of the actors I knew and I had only ever seen them do comedy. The actor had changed his attitude completely. His facial expressions and hand motions were all spot on.

  3. I like the movie hidden figures because I think the three girls played there part very well and they brought there characters to life it was a great movie.

  4. 1. It wasn't my favourite, because it was based off of a book I read and left out many of my favourite parts, and parts I though were important to the plot
    2. Yes. She played a character who tried to commit suicide and portrayed her perfectly, really showing the character's emotions

  5. I watched episode of riverdale they are all great across but veronica or cam is really good

  6. My favourite series to watch is stranger things and I really believe every character is real when I watch it. The actors are so involved in every scene and are always dedicated to their character. David harbour who plays chief hopper really played his character well and brought his character to life. Finn wolfhard (who plays mike) also played Richie in IT and the character I believe are very similar to his out of character personality.

  7. My favorite movie is Spider-Man Homecoming. I don't usually go for superhero movies but this movie was great, from the way the actors portrayed certain emotions to the stunts performed, it was just an overall amazing movie. The actors contributed greatly to me falling in love with the movie, just because now that I have seen it I just can't imagine anyone else playing the roles and presenting the character in the way they did. The actor that stood out the most to me was Tom Holland who played the male lead, Spider-man. The reason I like him as an actor is because he is really talented, he can switch accents very easily (which is probably a common thing among good actors) and he brings so much personality to his characters; Because of that I really did feel as if Tom Holland was actually the Spider-Man, his personality and his acting skills make it seem like his character is an actual person. While I am not sure if he Is a well known actor or not, (meaning I have not seen him in other films or shows) Jacob Batalon played his part very well. He brought humor and relatability to the film and made me laugh several times throughout the film. I don't really think anyone had bad acting throughout the movie.

  8. In A Christmas Story live I thought that Ralph's father had good acting, when he got the lamp, he was acting as if it was the biggest award of all time, but in reality it was just a prize for a crossword puzzle contest.

  9. Which actor was the most 'real'?: I think on The Fosters Maia Mitchell or Sherri Saum were very good at thier job. Although Sherri wasnt amazing at the sound upset or sad parts I defiantly think they were best

    Was there a better actor than the well known actor?: no

    Was there an actor that made you think they really were that character: Maia Mitchell was really good at her character and I couldnt imagone her being diffrent. She is good at playing the part

  10. I recently finished watching for the second time in a row the series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Immediately after watching the first episode I fell in love with the series and it's actors/actresses. I believe both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the creators, did an amazing job bringing together a cast of such amazing actors most of whom I have never seen before since the cast was mainly composed of actors from the UK. My top six favorite characters are Sherlock, Dr. Watson, Mycorft, Moriarty, Mrs. Hudson, and Molly. The one character that stood out the most was evidently Sherlock Holmes played by the talented Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict did an extraordinary job in embodying the character of Sherlock, from his body movements, tone of voice, to his facial expressions. The second time around watching the series I was no longer just watching but dissecting each actor and how they protrayed their respective characters.

  11. i think The sound of music really inspired me , because most actors have to be committed , they have to know how to dance, to sing , to play an instrument . my favourite actor in the sound of music is Julie Andrews because she inspires me so much and i just love the the way she acts !!

  12. I have two amazing actors to write .
    1 Meryl Streep
    2 Aamir Khan
    In the movie Mamma mia Meryl Streep played her role so real ..She was feeling her character so much and thats why she is that famous ! The other actors were playing well but of course they cant be compared with Meryl .Meryl will always be the most talented actress in the world
    Aamir Khan is an Indian superstar.He has played a thousand movies ..What I saw in him its his incredible talent..He was able to play EVERY ROLE PERFECTLY.He s a singer ,dancer,actor and director.He s sharing a lot of messages in the world through his movies.He is feeling every role!I personally loved The three idiots , Pk and Taare Zameen Par (stars on Earth)!

  13. The actor i have chosen to write on has come from my favorite movie “Love and Basketball”. The actor i am writing about is Omar Epps. He embodied exactly what Quincy McCall was to be. The emotion he showed in scenes whether it’d be loving scenes with Sanaa Lathan or the intense angry scenes when Quincy constantly battles through the struggles of being a high school and college athlete was truly an amazing thing to watch. You could really feel everything McCall went through and Epps could not have put on a better performance.

  14. i love the show name z nation because it about zombie and about this guy the has the vaccine to cure everyone on there way to a lab at california to cure the virus.on there way they meet new people to join the group. murphy the main character is funny and blue because of the vaccine and he can control zombies

  15. 1) Although stranger things is not necessarily a movie, i love it because of how well the actors perform.
    2) I think Millie Bobby Brown was extremely good at portraying eleven's emotions in stranger things, by using her facial expressions.
    3) I actually believed eleven was real by how well the editing and acting turned out.
    4) Millie was completely different for the role as eleven and actually put on a different personality and shaved her head for the role.

  16. My favorite movie is Forrest Gump because it was a very excellent masterpiece, telling about a simple-minded young man from Alabama who pursue his various dreams like becoming the star of the college football team and ping-pong, the fastest runner, a soldier for the U.S. Army and a shrimp boat captain. The award-winning actor who I believe is real is Tom Hanks. He portrayed the main character perfectly and he got the strong Southern accent to prepare for the role. He often showed some strong emotions like love, happiness, sadness, anger and fear. Compared to him, there are better actors like Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field and they played their supporting roles.

  17. I picked the movie IT to study, it is an amazing movie. I love the friendships and bonds included in that movie. I love all the actors, they're AMAZING!!! The movie built such special bonds with the kids I  real life, and I want to have those bonds too. Finn Wolfhard was my favorite actor in that movie. He made me think he really was Richie, he had to completely change his personality for IT TO play Richie. Especially considering how he played as Mike in ST, and Mike and Richie are COMPLTE opposites.  He really inspires me.

  18. i picked the movie bright, i know it didnt get alot of good reviews, but the beauty about movies isnt the reviews, but the movie and its relation to each person. the character i pick was will smith Daryl ward, the movie was talking about a world of orcs, wizards, humans, elves all leaving together, an allegory for racism, he was a bright, unknown to himself, any body can be any thing despite race or colour or situation. but the emotion he potrayed. amazingly significant, he played it well because he too believe RACE does not justify the means. he and the orc broke boundaries to build hope, unseen to many, but it was a foundation. the elf of higher class trusted in an orc.
    helps me believe i can inspire people through acting, change their radical beliefs, and create a foundation even if its just an idea.

  19. 1. My favorite series to watch is Stranger Things. The actors/actresses were so well into the scenes that they were playing.

    2. Millie Bobby Brown was one of the best actresses. She portrayed Eleven amazingly with using only her facial expressions and little dialogue.

    3. I literally believed that Eleven was an actual person.

    4. Millie had to shave off her hair for her role.

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  21. Journal 2 Entry

  22. What is your favorite movie and why?
    Tough one; but I will go with American Outlaws. It is a fun and adventurous western.

    Is it the actors?
    Yes and no. I love the acting in this film, but I also love the concept and time period.

    Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good?
    I enjoyed Colin Farrell, Gabriel Macht and Will McCormack in this movie.

    What actor did you believe was "real"? Was there an actor who was better than the well known person? Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character? Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    When I found out that Gabriel Macht plays Harvey in the tv show “Suits” I was floored by his ability to portray two completely different characters!

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  24. As my homework I chose the Trueman show (jim carrey) the acting in this movie is phenomenal on all counts. Jim carreys ability to change character is unbelievable.

    I chose this movie because it made a huge impact on my life and I often feel like I am reliving Truemans life everyday.

    For the next part of my homework I really want to use marley and me. No not Owen Wilson or Jennifer Aniston but marley. How the dog itself portrays the face of an actual dying dog as a it comes to the end breaks my heart every time! Marley was real to me!

  25. I'm picking a very recent one called "The Greatest Showman". Hugh Jackman is absolutely amazing and I also love his performance in Les Miserables. Zac Efron and Zendaya had amazing chemistry I would actually believe that they were a real couple.

    Another one is Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things. I loved she used very little dialogue but still gave an excellent performance. It was almost as if Eleven and her were the same person because she acted so well.

  26. i flipping loved the IT movie
    and my fave actor (who was really underrated) was wyatt oleff
    he was not my fave character (that would have to be pennywise or ritchie) he was definitely my fave actor
    one scene that you can really believe this was actually happening was after stan got attacked and the other characters saved him stan was freeking out and it looked so believable and it was just amazing

  27. What is your favorite movie and why?
    I am obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Marvel movies in general are by far my favorite. My love for Marvel started when I noticed the consistency of standalone movies to the avengers movies and as an avid reader who also writes; with Marvel’s plot settings and structures, I was hooked. I also developed an enthusiasm of working behind the camera because of Marvel and by that, I have gotten to know the actors too. Their stories like RDJ’s inspired me that you can express and redeem yourself. Stories like Tom Holland who was a fanboy that got to play the character he adores. Partly yes, it was because of the actors. Needless to say, Marvel films sparked something inside me. To be a part of this industry.

    What actor did you believe was ‘real’?.... Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character?
    Yes, I can name a few. RDJ’s performace as Iron Man made people believe that there is no better replacement. Actors such as Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine too. Seeing Hugh Jackman as himself, he’s the complete opposite of Logan, the character he plays. When he’s playing Wolverine, he’s Wolverine. Not Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine type of feel that makes you feel.

    Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different that you’ve seen them before?
    I have witnessed actors making a drastic change for their role. But when I’ve read this part of the question ‘.... and were different that you’ve seen them before?’ I thought of Johnny Depp. He has played various roles that were completely different from each other. I strive to be as flexible as he is,

  28. What is your favorite movie and why?
    Hard question. Right now my favorite movie is Black Panther, It’s so rich of details and effects, make me feel like I am powerful and I can beat the bad ones, is so diversify and every actor on the movie has a unique skill.

    Is it the actors?
    Not always. I love the concept of the history and time period.

    Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good?
    I enjoyed Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira on this movie.

    What actor did you believe was "real"? Was there an actor who was better than the well known person? Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character? Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?
    I was impressed by the acting of Michael B. Jordan, I had watched some movies with him before, but on this one, he was different, I practically saw him as the character, I got mad, I really liked.

  29. My favorite movie its 'The pursuit of happiness'. I am a big fan of Will Smith, i think he was great in this movie, he literally made me believe in the hole story. I like to watch movies that can give a sensation, this one made me believe that everything its possible, it only depends of you.

    I watched a episode of 'Narcos' on Netflix, one of the main actors(Wagner Moura) was fantastic, I've watched others acts of him before and I can truly say that he's really great, the way that he can change into a totally different person and really get into the character's life, it makes me love him. Also, all the other actors present was really good.

  30. 1. Can't excalty pick one. But they are real.
    2. I love any drama/romance movies they are the best. I would love to be able to play I those kinds of movie. It will be amazing to try to act them out.

  31. I don't really have a favorite movie so I chose an series on Netflix. I chose The Vampire Diaries because of their amazing choices when it came to the actors who played the iconic roles. I also chose this series because of how efficient the actors were when it came to actually making the audience believe that the actors emotions, and problems were real. I personally think that Nina Dobrev was an absolutely amazing actress because of her ability to play totally different characters in the same scenes. Ian Somerhalder (played Damon Salvatore) was all of the above. Ian had to completely change who he was to play his character. He also made me believe that he was a real person, and that he was really Damon Salvatore. He had to tap into his darkest characteristics of his self to play Damon. All of the actors played their roles very well, and I don't think anyone out worked/acted anyone else.

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  33. One of my favorite movies is Pleasantville.
    Because I love the fantasy of getting sucked into a TV show. How cool would that be!

    Tobey McGuire is one of my favorite actors anyways, but this is where it started...I love him in this movie because he is able to play two different characters in the same movie, he plays David and then he gets zapped into the television  and has to play the character on his favorite TV show.
    He definitely is able to draw you in and make his character come to life. I never thought to my self that he was anyone other than who he was playing in his movies.

  34. What is your favorite movie and why? Is it the actors? What actor did you believe was "real"?
    I'm going to go with "Loving (2016)" Because its such a beautiful movie and I think that actors/actresses were amazing and delivered a outstanding performance.
    Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good?
    Ruth Negga because she is my favorite actress at the moment and I think she did an awesome job portraying Mildred Loving.

  35. My favorite movie, isn’t just one movie, it’s the Maze Runner series. I’ve always been into those type of movies that are based on the future, or If something didn’t happen that did occur in history, for instance the divergent series and the hunger games are big hits of my liking. But the Maze runner series, it changed my life, it made me see the incredible bond between people, it made me see what adrenaline can do to the body when your survival is at stake, it made me see what your heart and mind tell you and how they go against each other instead of supporting making you make mistakes and decisions that destroy friendships, decisions you will regret. It physically hurt me when those precious, beautiful characters died, it hurt so much that I had to look it up and see if they were alive and how they are as an actual person off screen. I want to be like that, I want to make people feel like that when they watch me, when they see me. Thomas Brodie Sangster (the person who plays Newt in the Maze Runner Series) impacted my life for 7 years now. His feelings, his actions, his emotions, you could feel his aura through the screen. I was crying pools of water when he died, the way he died, the effect he had on the other characters made you see how real this movie meant to you. He made me devote my life to those movies, to pour my inner soul in those movies. I’ve been crying, pondering for days now about that actor because of those movies, he was so close to getting the cure, but he didn’t make it. That movie made me have to tell myself, “Its on screen, it’s not real, he’s ok, everyone is ok, you’ll be ok.” That’s the effect these movies have had on me, my body, my mental health, everything. It was just so real. So real. I want to have that effect on people, i want to build relationships like that, to have that experience, to make people feel the way I do about these movies, it’s incredible what they do to you, it really is.

  36. I watched into the woods and the actress that I chose is Meryl Streep she plays her part MAGNIFICENTLY she plays the old hag amazingly she seems in need but not really really desperate. When she turns back into the beautiful women she changes her personality so quickly I was amazed. I wish I could meet her in real life to congratulate her and send her flowers to show her how awesome she was.

  37. My favorite movie is Suicide Squad. Suicide squad is my favorite movie because it tells how killers and criminals can have a change of heart, and help save the world. It doesn't belong to any of the actors and actresses in the movie. It actually belongs to the director David Ayer. My favorite actor in Suicide Squad is Will Smith because he fitted in his character amazingly. The actor I believed role was real was Margot Robbie , I thought this because she seemed like a person with a free sole and and calm aurora. There was one actor in Suicide Squad that was AMAZING and it was Cara Delevingne who played both Jane and the Enchantress.The actress who made me believe she was the actual character was Margot Robbie.

  38. There are so many movies that had an impact on me; from English to Foreign movies. I would say that Hidden Figures is one of my favorite movies because it teaches about being persistent in your dreams, working hard, and standing for what you believe in. And I believe that the actors and actresses did well in portraying their characters well.
    I recently saw Tyler's Perry Acrimony. I believe that Ajiona Alexus did a lovely job in playing as the young Melinda, and Taraji P. Henson also did a great job in playing her character, Melinda. Every movie that Taraji has acted in, she never fails to execute her role. She really made me believe she was Melinda--Melinda, a loving girl becoming hurt and possessive over her husband, Robert --Taraji did an excellent job in portraying this character.

  39. My favorite movie of all time is Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey plays the main character and he does such a phenominal job in the movie it's ridiculous.
    1. The actor I believed was "real" was of course McConaughey. He does such a good job at really getting into character and feeling hat the character is feeling.
    2. Mackenzie Foy you plays as the daughter did a great job for the young age she was. She was able to get emotional and serious on the dot.
    3. I think McConaughey did a grea job portraying his character. He was able to get into the emotions and the personality of his role and he did a great job.

  40. My favorite movie is probably 'Memoirs of a Geisha', based on the historical novel by Arthur Golden. That movie really got me and hit me really deep in my feelings. Of course I believed the character was real. The way Zhang Ziyi portrayed the character's emotions was perfect, sublime. Also, that movie learned me a lot of things, like Japanese culture and their daily life, and the Geisha world. That movie really inspired me.


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