What is the place of PACE in Acting?

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Remember, ‘pace’ is a term used by directors. It’s a term that refers to the manipulation of every aspect of production to meet his artistic vision. PACE means, ‘pick it up’, ‘throw it away’, ‘say it faster’, ‘feel it faster’, ‘get on with it’, ‘keep it simple’, ‘be real’, ‘be natural’ and it means ’slow it down’, ‘take your time’, ‘feel it’, ‘take a beat’, all, ALL, manipulations of result of behavior rather than the inspiration of the cause of behavior. [...]

“répétition”: REPETITION

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What confuses me about the whole ‘Hollywood’ way of TV acting is the supposition that as an actor (one who takes action, doer) we are first and foremost concerned with emotion. We’d be called ‘emoters’ if we were. That misdirected focus, from action to emotion, is the result of the focus on results rather than cause and the intimacy creating confinement of the closeup. Look in a view finder long enough and you think acting is all about how it looks, the tears, the furrowed brow, the grit teeth, the clenched jaw, the meaningless huff and puff of imposed emotion. Tell enough great actors to “throw it away’, “be natural”, “feel angrier” and their skills fulfill those vague and result oriented directions, not because of the insight of the direction, but rather because of the skill of the actor to take an action. I understand the existence of this result oriented directing and writing. [...]

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“…all we do!”

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WHY TEACH ACTING?

ACTTRUE @ FRIST EDGE FILMS. All we did was Hagen Exercises: i.e., waiting for the nurse to bring your new born, coming home to clean the house, window shopping, searching for your engagement ring before your fiance gives it to you. Just reacting to a circumstance and allowing behavior to blossom through action. No scenes, no practicing lines, no sobbing on the floor. Just Exercises that dare to test moment to moment reality, reactive to circumstance, active in the search for want. [...]

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