Discover How To Do Script Analysis
Everything we do in our life has direction that is governed by law. Take for example cooking. When we are cooking, we follow a recipe. When we are building with Lego’s, we follow the directions to make sure that the castle or spaceship we make turns out just right.
In the world of acting, the closest thing to direction actors have is a script. But unlike normal directions, which have only one meaning, a script is interpreted differently by different actors which makes it their job to analyze a script so that they can gain a profound understanding of the character and bring them to life.
Reading The Script For The First Time
The process for script analysis is different for each actor, but it mostly starts out the same way. In general, script analysis starts from the basics and then adds details and depth as you continue reading it. To clearly draw out the characters emotions, it is crucial for you to understand the exact events and situations that the character goes through in order for you to live it on screen. Doing this not only helps you understand the character but also allows you to understand what kind of actions the character would take. Additionally, it is recommended that you write down any relevant info about your character. What is their goal? Who is the most important person to them? What’s their motivation?
Break It Down Into Moments And Scenes
After you have a good idea about your character, what comes next is for you to understand the scenes. In a good script the series of events are mostly related which means A leads to B, B to C, and so on. Understanding the scene can help you understand the progression of the story and provide a performance that builds up gradually along with the story.
Search for points in the script where either the characters or setting changes in front of an audience; or time passes. These are normal ways that scenes change. Beat changes are littler movements inside the scenes where the characters may change their activity, state of mind, or subject of discussion.
Distinguish Your Characters’ Actions
Ask yourself, “What does my character need other individuals in the scene to do?” The answer that question is your character’s goal. For the most part, characters need different characters to accomplish something, feel something, or comprehend something. For instance, maybe your character needs somebody to get the mail. By what method will you motivate them to go to the letter box for you? Charm them? Shout at them? The right activity is the one that is consistent with your character and helps you to begin distinguishing your character.
Stay Open to Change
Keep in mind that acting is a shared activity. Listen to what a director says and use his guidance to improve your character. At times your underlying analysis won’t be right and you will need to make changes. In any case, with a solid foundation for your character, these changes will be minor and your execution will be consistent.