This week I took two amazing acting classes at the Actors Connection.Although these are acting classes, the principles apply to us writers as well. I wanted to share what I learned.
The first class,The Original VO Gym, was with Maggie Phillips and was on building characters. One technique was to draw a sketch of the character, then to give it a voice, a laugh and a nickname. This is harder than it sounds, since most of us writers are in our heads, but it’s highly effective.
And in Cathy Hasse’s class, Acting for Film: Using Your Intuition, we spent an hour doing warm-ups that included physical and voice relaxation as well as imagining ourselves in another place. The point she made is that we use a physical form to create whether it’s writing or acting. Connecting mind and body before working makes perfect sense, though I never really thought of it that way before.
Please try them and let me know what you think.
Please consider submitting your work to the Schenectady Film Festival. I am one of the judges, and it’s a great opportunity to get your work out there.
Here’s to your successful writing,
Professor Marilyn Horowitz