August 25 Class Updates: Blocking and Mining

Today we discussed delivery strategies. For monologues specifically we discussed using blocking and text mining (for emotional and visual/organizational structure) to ask questions about character, motivation, and logic of movement. Then we discussed how to cut a script into a “memorization script” as a result of blocking/mining consideration. We practiced our monologues in small groups and discussed the ideal rate of speech. We practiced (in some classes) speaking at the ideal of 160-180 wpm and I recommended the free app Speech Pacesetter Lite as an option for practicing rate of speech on your own.

For more on blocking: http://www.erikseanmcgiven.com/writings/acting/blocking-and-movement/

For more on text/script mining: Acting and Living in Discovery: A Workbook for the Actor by Carol Rosenfeld. A limited preview of this book is available on Google Books including a mining exercise on p. 32

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https://books.google.com/books?id=R0z2CQAAQBAJ&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=%22mining+the+text%22+acting&source=bl&ots=2Id3TEN0Ay&sig=rBsxNvzBPOwZtE9kc2svThLZk_0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCWoVChMI_6DbwNnExwIVgpiACh0QdQ2U#v=onepage&q=mining&f=false

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