How to Direct New Actors
This video on how to direct new actors for film illustrates simple tricks to help filmmakers create better work and draw fantastically real and breathtaking performances from their new talents.
Casting – Look for the people in your life that are close to the real people. Like for example, you’re doing a short film about a detective, you need to find a real detective or someone related to that job like a police officer who can bring all that knowledge and all that life experience to the role because what ends up happening, is when you give them scenes to do and you give them words of dialogue they actually package it and put it into their own experience which ends up giving it an authenticity and a texture that you can’t fake.
FREEDOM WITH DIALOGUE – It’s best if you give your new actors the freedom to change the script and put it into their own words so that they can memorize it easier and that it could come out more naturally.
BACK-UP PLAN – Always prepare for different outcomes from every scenes and come up with different solutions in case the first one doesn’t work.
LET IT ROLL – When working with new actors, it’s better if you don’t always cut because it would make them feel conscious and will definitely affect their overall performance. It would be best if you, as a director, will let them go through the scenes. This way, you are allowing them a momentum where they can forget that the camera is there.
SHOW THEM – If they’re unable to give you the performance that you need, you have to actually give them an exact model of what to mimic so that they can get there.
Video by Film Riot