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Acting Preparation: Differences Between Film and Television Series

Acting is a versatile discipline that spans various formats, from film to television series. Each medium has its own characteristics and demands, meaning that actors must adapt to different approaches in their preparation for a role. In this blog, we will explore the key differences in acting preparation for movies and television series.

1. Narrative Pace and Character Development:

Film:

In film, the narrative tends to have a slower pace and allows for greater depth in character development. Actors have more time to explore the nuances of their roles and build complex arcs throughout the movie.

Television Series:

In television series, the narrative pace is usually faster, with episodes airing weekly. Actors need to be prepared for quicker character development and be able to adapt to more frequent changes in the plot.

2. Volume of Content:

Film:

Movies generally have a limited duration, which means actors face a manageable volume of content and focus on quality over quantity. They can dedicate more time to preparing specific scenes.

Television Series:

Television series, especially long-running ones, can have a large volume of content. Actors must manage an intensive workload, preparing for multiple scenes and character arcs in a shorter period.

3. Flexibility and Adaptability:

Film:

Film production often allows more time for the preparation and shooting of scenes. Actors may have the opportunity to explore different approaches and perform multiple takes to perfect their performances.

Television Series:

In television, the production schedule can be tighter, requiring actors to be highly adaptable. The ability to quickly adjust to changes in the plot or new directions is essential.

4. Continuous Connection with the Character:

Film:

Actors in films can deeply immerse themselves in building and connecting with their characters, but the nature of a film often involves a limited time of continuous commitment.

Television Series:

In television series, actors experience a continuous connection with their characters over several seasons. This requires an emotional investment and a constant understanding of character development.

5. Long-Term Arc Development:

Film:

In films, actors may face more closed and conclusive character arcs. The narrative tends to have a more defined beginning, development, and conclusion within a single work.

Television Series:

In television, actors must prepare for long-term character arcs that evolve over multiple seasons. This involves a continuous understanding of the character’s evolution and the ability to maintain consistency in performances over time.

6. Collaboration with Directors:

Film:

In film production, actors often have more time to closely collaborate with directors and explore different creative approaches for their characters.

Television Series:

In television, where the pace can be faster, collaboration with directors is important, but efficiency and the ability to adapt quickly are crucial.

7. Viewer Experience:

Film:

Viewers experience a complete story in a single sitting, allowing actors to build a powerful and memorable narrative within a limited time frame.

Television Series:

In series, viewers follow the story over multiple episodes, creating a prolonged connection with the characters and allowing actors to deepen their performances over time.

In conclusion:

While acting preparation shares common foundations, acting in film and television requires specific skills and approaches tailored to the unique demands of each medium. Adaptability, time management, and the ability to maintain consistency across variable narrative arcs are essential for success in both settings.

Acting for Camera Classes

This Saturday, the students from our school’s Acting for Camera course in the filmmaking program were working on creating their own scene. The exercise consists of composing, with complete freedom, the scene they themselves want to star in. They should be able to cover, with discretion and from their own initiative, all areas involved. They can use references or do it completely original, thinking about the setting with all the necessary props, the preferred lighting to create the appropriate atmosphere, and, of course, the script. They have already started testing and rehearsing their ideas, and the filming is approaching, where the students from the filmmaking course will be able to assist them with the technical aspects. Completing this exercise will allow them to save the material in professional quality to continue building their showreels, which will be crucial in job searches and audiovisual experiences. We’ll be back soon with more updates from our courses! And remember, if you enjoy being both in front or behind the camera, we surely have a course for you! Don’t forget where to find us, for the school’s address click here. And if you want to be part of any film course, enroll here

The summer course at Bmovie School has ended.

The students of Bmovie School have completed their intensive summer course! Both the filmmaking group and the on-camera acting group have already filmed their final projects. The kids had days full of shooting and hard work. Only the last part remains: the editing stage of all this material so we can enjoy the two summer 2021 audiovisual productions. The short film by the on-camera acting students (a story of teenagers, causes, and effects) was specially written for them, with particular importance given to the development of the characters each one wanted to portray. During all the sessions, they worked on each character’s profile, their dialogues, and their movements in front of the camera. It’s time to see the results!The pilot episode of the filmmaking sitcom (the story is better shown than told) was entirely written, planned, and produced by the students of the course. Each class day covered different areas to decide how to organize the production, dividing roles and rehearsing all the scenes to be ready for shooting. We are very close to premiering these projects, so stay tuned for updates from our film school in Alicante. And if you missed out during the summer, no problem! You can now enroll in the annual course at Bmovie School! Just click here, or you can visit us to get to know us and resolve all your doubts here. See you soon!

Zombies at the Film School in Alicante

Film School in Alicante

Our acting students transformed into zombies on February 26th to shoot a commercial announcing the summer course, held at the film school in Alicante. To get into character, the first thing they did was undergo makeup and wardrobe. Lighting was the next step, something essential in the studio, using colours like violet and green. The atmosphere was further enhanced by paintings from the exhibition displayed in the gallery, featuring dark colours and a gloomy theme, which worked perfectly for filming the spot at the film school. This and other ads are showcased on Bmovie’s social media platforms. This spot promoting the summer course, along with other content filmed with our students at the film school, can be found on social media. To stay updated, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest news, as well as TikTok to view daily content filmed at the school, and stay informed about the courses offered and see other projects we do in class. Don’t forget where to find us click here for the school’s address and enroll here. if you’re interested. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Zombie Movie Recommendations:

The art of acting and its significance.

In the history of acting, the first known actor is the Greek Thespis, who performed at the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens in the year 534 BC. From its inception, acting has been used to embody and characterize characters, with selection based on a casting process to see how actors perform a certain role. Much of the outcome of the final product depends on the acting. Therefore, it is very important to avoid what is known as casting errors, meaning that selected actors are mismatched with the roles they play, although sometimes this occurs consciously by the production company who imposes certain actors. Additionally, when acting, one must consider the interpretive differences across different mediums. For example, in theater, everything is seen from the front, so the voice must be modulated and gestures exaggerated, whereas in a film shoot, this would be avoided.

What should be taken into account when acting?

Key considerations in acting include:

  • Suitability of appearance for the role
  • All actions (proxemics, kinesics, movements on set, etc.)
  • Facial expressions
  • Interaction with other actors and/or objects
  • Credibility of the performance
  • Preparatory work (knowledge of the script)
  • Tone of voice
  • Impression on the audience or viewer

Acting, therefore, should be based on:

  • The versatility of the actors
  • Conveying emotions
  • Expressiveness
  • The use of facial expressions

Another noteworthy element in acting is photogenicity, which is defined as the ability to know how to position oneself in front of the cameras. Lastly, a good actor should have a good relationship with the entire team, as well as maintaining a dialogue with the director and camera crew to agree on floor marks. If you want to learn much more about acting, don’t hesitate to take a look at our course!

The Power Of Style

The Power of Style: How Hairstyles in Cinema Reveal Character Ppersonalities

The world of cinema is a blend of visual and narrative elements that come together to tell captivating stories. One of those often underestimated yet incredibly effective elements is the characters’ hair style. Hairstyles are not just a fashion statement, but they can also be a powerful tool for conveying information about a character’s personality and development throughout the plot.

  1. Character Evolution Through Hair:

In many films, a character’s hairstyle can evolve throughout the story to reflect their emotional growth or change. A notable example is Mia’s character, played by Emma Stone, in “La La Land.” Starting with a simple hairstyle, as her character embarks on her artistic and personal journey, her hair transforms into a bolder and more vibrant style, symbolizing her quest for authenticity and passion.

  1. Style as an Indicator of Era or Culture:

Filmmakers also use hairstyles to immerse viewers in a specific era or particular culture. In the movie “The Great Gatsby,” the elegant hairstyles of the 1920s evoke the fashion and style of the jazz age. This not only helps establish the historical context but also contributes to the visual authenticity of the film.

 

  1. Personality Through Style:

Hair style can be a direct window into a character’s personality. In the iconic film “Amélie,” the protagonist’s hairstyle reflects her whimsical and unique nature. Her short and playful hair is a visual reflection of her free-spiritedness and unique approach to life.

  1. Symbolism and Metaphor:

Filmmakers often use hair as a visual symbol to convey metaphors or underlying themes. In “Twilight,” the change in Bella Swan’s hairstyle, played by Kristen Stewart, coincides with her transformation from human to vampire. This change symbolizes her evolution and adoption of a new identity.

  1. Constrasts and Conflicts:

In some films, the contrast in hair styles between characters can be used to highlight conflicts or differences in their personalities. In “The Devil Wears Prada,” the contrasting hair styles of Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep’s characters represent their different worlds and values, adding visual layers to the narrative.

In Conclusion,

Hair in cinema is not just a matter of aesthetics; it is a powerful narrative tool. From character evolution to representing an era, hair style can reveal crucial information about characters and enrich the visual experience of viewers.