A man's corner

A man's corner

According to Constantin Stanislavski, one of the most basic building blocks an actor must have as part of his craft is the ability to relax, focus and concentrate. This is true both on stage and in film, but in film it can be even more challenging. What can the actor do when there is light, the crew, constant technical considerations and not to mention the massive camera right in front of your face? A good actor can understand what needs to be done for the camera and at the same time, they must be able to focus and concentrate on the character's environment, while remaining relaxed and deeply involved in the intimate world.

One of the basic and practical solutions designed to help the actor improve this skill is what Stanislavski called "Circles of Attention". In practice, there are three attentional circles, the first one being the smallest and the other two increasing in size. The small circle of attention includes only the actor and all objects in their immediate vicinity. The average circle is an expanded area that includes other actors and / or objects. The large circle of attention includes everything you see on a stage or set. It becomes more difficult for the actor to concentrate as the circles expand to medium and large versions. In addition, the actor should melt as many intricate details about objects and place as they can. Stanislavski instructed that the actor should return to the smaller circuits when focus is lost and begin again. The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the actor's ability to experience "general loneliness". This principle can also be improved by incorporating sensory memory and affective memory.

For movie and television actors, public loneliness is one of the things that makes a great camera actor. The camera presents a very significant concentration challenge. Stanislavski's concept can help us stay involved in our immediate surroundings, hold on to ourselves in public solitude, and interrupt the self-awareness that the camera can so easily agitate. If the actor can utilize the principles of "Circles of Attention" consciousness evaporated, the body becomes relaxed and the mind can begin to focus much more effectively on the imaginary world of character. The actor must know how to reveal his soul and not become self-conscious with the camera, the lights, the crew crowded in excitement at the magic that only a trained artist can create.