50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know by Ben Durpé

By Ben Durpé

50 tremendous rules you actually need to understand is a concise, obtainable and well known advisor to the significant tenets of Western concept. each very important precept of philosophy, faith, politics, economics, the humanities and the sciences is profiled in a chain of brief illustrated essays, complemented via an informative array of field positive aspects.

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There were six people onstage at the time and something absurdly silly and trivial happened that was only noticed by two of them (not me), but it set them off and infected us all in turn. ) Every trick in the book was used to get through it: turning upstage and smiling with one side of the face; the emptying-the-lungs technique (which only I knew about); saying our lines absurdly loudly; you name it. When we finally got offstage we all fell to the floor, silently convulsed, in agony. There was an actor I knew in the audience that evening and I asked him if he had noticed the dreadful corpsing going on.

And why is it often used—because it works, and works well. So the advice should be to use clichés for biz, but use them in novel and interesting ways. On the screen, business is often used to mask necessary technical matters, such as having to play a scene with your back to the other actor so that the camera can see both your faces. The director will ask one actor to deliver a speech while washing the dishes, working at a desk, or rearranging flowers; in fact, anything that can motivate the two actors not to look at each other and so allowing the camera a nice two-shot.

Why? Were they not good enough? Of course they were, but the tempo of filming needed things to happen faster than in real life, and so the director would encourage and guide the actors to be themselves—plus. Quicker changes happening more frequently— events being heightened from what they might be in real life—was what was needed for the silent screen. This approach works as well today as it did then: the very reason why you got the role can be the qualities and atmosphere that come from your being on the screen or on the stage.

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