Aaron Speiser: Master Class

Scene #1) Between a woman and her son’s Nanny.

Use whatever props you have. If you have a needle, then use it as a threat. Don’t just hold it idle in your hand.

Remember, in film/TV, you are free to have bad takes. Just let go sometimes and discover. Worst case scenario is you shoot another take. If there is a gun pointed at you, there is no where to go.

It is about being submissive. Moving away they will only hurt you more. You don’t have any power.

Scene #2) Three girls, one is having an affair with her sister’s (an actor) husband. Their other sister is  coke addict. For the woman who is screwing her sister’s husband, she must add the layer of knowing she is having an affair w/ her husband.

Feelings are not controllable, we can only control how they come out. For example, my girlfriend just cheated on me and I am confronting her. I can mask my pain, jealousy but they are existent. I can try to play it off like I’m not hurt. Laugh about it. Opposites. Regardless, your feelings will be there.

The hard thing is to really believe any extreme thing. We manipulate people with good heats. What happens when you lie? You can’t make eye contact and look away.

Actors when they have no inner life just become stone. You can’t have dead moments, keep talking. Know who is driving the scene. When there are dead moments, the importance and energy of the scene die.

Scene #3) American Pie

You can spit out food on set. Ad-li a bit before the scene to help get you into it.

When you are in your head, it means your objective isn’t strong enough.

Scene #4) Love & Other Drugs

They performed it at a very quiet level. This is the appropriate level for film and television. You have no obligation for people to hear it, since this isn’t theatre. The main character is a pharmacy salesman, this means he probably speaks very concisely. More educated people speak clearly since they do more public speaking.

Scene #5) Cover depression with your sense of humor. The guy is a baseball coach who called a girl’s son “Mary Jane” = gay. He is destroying your kid. Mom, what are you here for? To persuade him to be good to your son!

Alcoholic –> They say they can handle their alcohol. What are they referring to? An alcoholic drinks everyday, so she wouldn’t know your necessarily drunk. If the alcoholic says, “I can hold my liquor”: This means that they don’t puke or blackout but everyone else sees a fucking wierdo. He becomes mean and there is no sensor on what he says. You’re a happy drunk and leads to joking and joking –> laughing at your own jokes. We hate people who think they are funny, but aren’t actually in reality. Then they ask you why you aren’t laughing and you are like, what the fuck? Cause your shit isn’t funny idiot.

Scene #6) You have an objective. With this objective you play the action (what we do in life). Start with a tableau. This is a frozen scene which gives the audience an initial impression that we can all understand. See photo.

A scene from Boy’s Life with the beginning tableau. What do we already understand from this? We all know this look. The guy looks guilty as hell. He messed up.

What creates comedy? The pain of others. Look at Ben Stiller in Something about Mary, or in fact every movie he plays. He pretty much plays a retard in every single movie. His balls get stuck in his  zipper and is in pain, but people just keep coming and laughing at him instead of helping. It is so funny.

Technical Advice:

You can interrupt in the two shot or master shot. However, you cannot in the close up because we need it to be clean.

Scene #7) Anger comes from the pain. Just a form of pain. Play your opposites. Feeling rage — connect your voice to your body.

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