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Philip Banks
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:47 am    Post subject: Nothing is fine! Reply with quote

Just spent a delightful couple of hours adding the narration to a wildlife (natural history) documentary.

Director "Philip, do what you do best"

Elderly and frail man "You mean nothing much at all?"

Director "Exactly!"

Lacking performance skills is an actual "Thing"

I once approached Marice Tobias for coaching and she simply yelled

"Back off! I have Mace!" Demonstrating wisdom beyond her years.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must be nice!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Nothing is fine! Reply with quote

Philip Banks wrote:

Lacking performance skills is an actual "Thing"


Imagine how much you could charge people to teach them that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as an aside, thanks to the gubment's CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) i am an expert in not growing wheat, not growing corn and not growing soybeans --- as a matter of fact, i am imminently qualified to not grow all manner of crops. if something useful DOES accidentally sprout, i am to kill it immediately.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit some of my best sounding work has come from doing the absolute least. Lack of emoting and "performance" can offer very pleasant results.

In close up film acting it's said you should feel the emotion when you speak, not show it through your face and voice.

Nicely done Philip, that "doing nothing" thing that you do (don't) do.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My LA agent is constantly having to say "Do NOTHING" in his audition requests. Just be...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bruce wrote:

In close up film acting it's said you should feel the emotion when you speak, not show it through your face and voice.


Dang skippy. Any kind of pushing--even with comedy promo--triggers the death knell. Easy does it, but not because you're trying to be easy.

I still end up trying too hard too often. As Tiger Woods would say, It's a Process.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the set of the movie "One of our aircraft is missing" a very young Peter Ustinov is approached by the director.

"Peter, what are you doing in this scene?" The young, bemused actor struggles for a reply.

"Er.. um ...well, nothing!"

From the other side of the mock RAF Ops table comes the booming authoritative voice of veteran actor, Hugh Williams.

"Oh no you're NOT young man! I'M doing THAT!"
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Philip Banks wrote:

"Oh no you're NOT young man! I'M doing THAT!"


And in that spirit, the story of the young Jack Lemmon.

George Cukor was directing Lemmon in It Should Happen to You. Cukor kept telling Jack to “do less.” Frustrated after multiple takes, Lemmon finally said “If I do any less, I won’t be doing anything at all!”

Cukor replied: “That’s what I want.”
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's why in VO work the Iranian Double Pause is everything because it's twice as much nothing as a regular singular pause!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think some mad Scotsman once said "Don't push. Let the words fall out of your mouth."
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan-O wrote:
"Don't push. Let the words fall out of your mouth."


or...

"Don't push. Dribble."
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Daniel wrote:
"Don't push. Dribble."


That was Marlon Brando's motus operandus for decades.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done nothing as a lifestyle. Works for me.
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