Voice acting: practice makes perfect!

Okay, so you want to be an actor?  So you want to voice act?  So you want to be in pictures? So you want… you want… you want… Well, whether you are a beginner or a pro, one of the first things every actor must do is PRACTICE reading lines.  Lines, after lines, after lines… In fact, your life might seem like one big line after another.  Not only should you learn your lines, you should learn all the other character’s lines.

Whaaaaaaaa?

You see, learning the other lines is a part of being prepared.  You’ll live in a perpetual state of being cued-up…raring and ready to go, and this will make you a much more engaged actor.

Remember the age-old saying, “Practice makes perfect?”  It’s really the truth.  By definition, the word practice means, “Repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintainproficiency in it.”  For example:  If you want to become a body builder where are you going to spend the majority of your time?  Not at In-N-Out Burger, I guarantee that!  You’ll be hanging out in the gym, but not literally “hanging out…” NO.  You’ll be working with weights and other muscle-buidling equipment, EXERCISING and re-working just about every muscle in your body. You’ll have to STRETCH yourself!

Voice acting/acting is much the same.  If you really want to get good, you’ll have to practice read-through rehearsals of script after script, line after line.

ReadThrough.com was designed especially for actors just like YOU!  No matter where you’re at in your career, this revolutionary program allows you to create an acting profile (that’s right… give us your BEST head shot), and you can practice line after line, and record your voice in read-through performances.  You can also download the scene or script as an mp3 and rehearse it anywhere!  Imagine, being able to rehearse your lines while driving in traffic!

Actor Thomas Ferranti is doing just that!

http://youtu.be/uCCYMn9NXtc

For more information or to schedule a conference with founder Guy Goldstein, please email him at: guy@readthrough.com or phone (518) 258-8823.
Website: ReadThrough.com

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WHAT? SCREENPLAY WRITERS AND ACTORS COLLABORATING ONLINE?

READTHROUGH.COM is a revolutionary script-performing website using real actors voices, music and sound effects!

SANTA BARBARA, CA (PR)ReadThrough.com announces its new script-performing website developed especially for screenwriters and actors. Users can safely upload their screenplay and the website instantly performs a read-through.

But, that’s not all…it gets better! ReadThrough.com has made it possible to add real actors voices, music and sound effects!

ReadThrough.com was founded and developed by Guy Goldstein, a Santa Barbara screenwriter and software programmer, with a vision to make the reading process easier. This is a convenient way of reading and sharing scripts. Goldstein says, “A buddy of mine gave me his script to read, but I didn’t have the time. Knowing I’d be sitting in hours of LA traffic that night, I wrote a simple version of ReadThrough and actually listened to his script while on the commute. It was so useful that I returned home and started the program.”

Quote start“I think a lot of people are getting excited about it,” he added. “The goal is to change the way people review scripts. The traditional way is a time-consuming process that can prevent scripts from getting seen.”Quote end

Reading a script is not always easy, but with ReadThrough.com, it becomes a pleasure instead of an inconvenience, and it is a great way to help get your screenplay out to the right people in Hollywood.

Whether you are a writer, a producer looking for a new project, an agent, or an actor wanting to rehearse the dialogue on a script, ReadThrough.com makes script reading much easier. Writers, producers and studio executives can listen to scripts from anywhere, download mp3’s, add notes and even share the read-through with others. In addition, a writer can communicate the storyline with music, sound effects and images. When casting parts, writers can readily search our database, ask friends to perform the parts, or opt to simply use our selection of computer voices.

For actors, the computer acts as a scene partner by performing cues and pausing for the actor to deliver his or her lines. Actors can download the scene or script as an mp3 and rehearse it anywhere! Additional features include: public actor profiles, voice acting in real performances, voiceovers and more.

ReadThrough.com supports PDF files, Final Draft 8, Celtx, Microsoft Word, Text and more. ReadThrough.com (Screenplaypen, LLC) was established in 2010 to give writers a quick, easy way to bring their scripts to life through online read-through, rehearsals, script sharing, and hosting actors’ profiles.

For more information or to schedule a conference with founder Guy Goldstein, please email him at: guy@readthrough.com or phone (518) 258-8823.
Website: ReadThrough.com

What’s up with universal appeal?

So, you want to write a screenplay that has universal appeal (don’t we all)?

There are a couple of major things you need to focus on for that to happen:  Your plot and the reason for action.
According to Aristotle, “The life and soul of all drama (tragedy) is the plot,”  and action is related to the want and need/goal of your main character.  In other words, let’s say your protagonist desires or needs love.  His or her need is going to drive him or her to respond or act according to the need.  Micheal Tierno, in his book Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters says, “When a strong desire of a hero relates to all of the action, then the plot can depict a simple ‘portrait’ of the hero.”

So, often times, action is a emotional response of the character’s need or want.  For example:  Remember the movie Cocktail (1988), which starred Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Shue?  Let’s look at the storyline.  Brian Flanagan has just gotten out of the service and wants to make money.  He wants his own business, but after being turned down in several job interviews for lack of education, he takes a job working as a bartender.  His need for money pushes him to take a job that he’s really not excited about.  However, his need produces continued actions (chains of events), to include traveling to Jamaica to work as a bartender at an upscale resort, and meeting Jordan Mooney, the seeming love of his life. His boss, Doug Coughlin also wants to own his own high-end bar, so the two come up with a game-plan.  Once again, this flawed protagonist has an agenda, and his need gives rise to action, pushes the plot forward and will eventually guide the story to resolution.

(Tom Cruise- Brian Flanagan in Cocktail, 1988)

Universal appeal is important because for an audience to relate to a character or story there must be a relationship with the character and the storyline.  So, when Brian Flanagan’s business partner (the antagonist) puts him to a dare, we (the audience) feel bad for him, because it seems like all is lost.  We’ve all been there.  Desire and need are powerful things.  We somehow relate to his plight, his frustration, his turmoil, and that is universally appealing.

Is universal appeal important?  You betcha!  Life is a journey, and we are all a part of it.  For an audience or reader to relate to a character, there must be character traits, familiar moments that we’ve walked through or witnessed.  We know how this character feels because we’ve been there and done that!

According to Aristotle, “A plot must include causes of the action that can arouse the audience’s deepest pity and fear [or laughter and tears]. This means the audience must understand the hero’s thoughts and see those thoughts becoming actions, which in turn reveal a moral quality (character) of the hero.”

Reference:  Aristotle’s Poetics by Michael Tierno

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Your subject is an ACTION not a person…

Aristotle believed that a dramatic story must have unity if it’s going to move an audience to catharsis.  Do you agree or disagree?  Here’s a great quote by Michael Tierno in his book, Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters:  “The Unity of Plot does not consist, as some suppose in its having one man as its subject.”

What?

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“An infinity of things befall that one man, some of which it is impossible to reduce to unity; and in like manner there are many actions of one man which cannot be made to form one action.”

So, what does this mean for those who are writing a screenplay?  It’s important to remember that SUBJECT is an ACTION, not a person.

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