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StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes scores award at Breckenridge Film Festival

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes scores award at Breckenridge Film Festival

On behalf of his feature film directorial debut “Guys Reading Poems,” StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes accepted the “Creativity in Drama” award at the 36th annual Breckenridge Film Festival this past Saturday. Quick-thinking actor and friend Rex Lee managed to shoot Hunter’s acceptance moment with his I-phone! And here it is. Congrats to all the winners and filmmakers who attended the festival and we look forward to the next one!...

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Meditations on Acting, Part 1: Acting and Athletics

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

Meditations on Acting, Part 1: Acting and Athletics

By Hunter Lee Hughes Certainly, the pursuit of an athletic career is not the perfect metaphor for the pursuit of an acting career. But there are striking similarities in key aspects of the livelihoods that I believe are worth examining to enhance and deepen an actor’s understanding of his craft. A poet writes a poem, a sculptor makes a sculpture, a photographer snaps a picture, but an actor doesn’t have a product to show for his art…outside of his own body. It is the same with athletes. Their body is their offering. No more, no less. This is the first key area in which I think there is greater overlap between acting and athletics than acting with many other artistic disciplines. When an athlete has an outstanding day on the field, a colorful radio commentator might swoon, “What a PERFORMANCE from So-and-So tonight!” Guess who also have performances? The pursuit of a performance (rather than a tangible product outside the body) means that there are better nights and worse nights. You may like it or hate it, but Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” is never changing. Neither is “A Tale of Two Cities” or any of the poetry by Walt Whitman. It is done. But if you go down and see “A View from the Bridge” two evenings in a row, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a change in the quality of performance from one night to the next. And while an actor’s performance within a film may be locked into place, that’s really a function of the director and editor, not the actor. On set, there was a big difference between take one and take four, when the actor slightly adjusted the line given to her, leading to a delicious twinkle in her eye. In take three, the actor moved his head differently and smiled at the end of the scene rather than looking down. In take five, a bug unexpectedly crawled into frame and the actor incorporated a reaction to it into his performance. In take six, the actor took an extra moment to breathe before she said her fourth line. The actor’s work – moment by moment – is a performance that varies in quality and texture depending on the day, the conditions and the execution by the actor. It’s similar for athletes. An athlete who performed at a peak level of fitness last week may be...

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Marsha Morgan and Pam Paulson are StoryAtlas honorees for August

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

Marsha Morgan and Pam Paulson are StoryAtlas honorees for August

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Creating Chemistry.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a seriously sexy topic! We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Marsha Morgan, for her role as Maria Enders in the original screenplay “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas and opposite Erin Haught. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Pam Paulson for her first performance at the StoryAtlas studio for her performance as Natalie in the original screenplay “The Cooler” by Frank Hannah and Wayne Kramer, opposite class monitor Eduardo Torres. StoryAtlas Honorees for August: Excellence in Performance Award: Marsha Morgan for her role as “Maria” in the screenplay of “The Clouds of Sils Maria.” Breakthrough Award: Pam Paulson for her role as “Nathalie” in the screenplay of “The...

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