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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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Camille Carida and Erin Haught are StoryAtlas honorees for July

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016

Camille Carida and Erin Haught are StoryAtlas honorees for July

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Developing Original Material.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a unique collaboration this month with Hollywood Shorts! We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of 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 Camille Carida, for her role as Dorothy in an original screenplay opposite our class monitor Eduardo Torres. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to brand new StoryAtlas actor Erin Haught for her performance as Madison in the same screenplay opposite Jared McClure. StoryAtlas Honorees for July: Excellence in Performance Award: Camille Carida  Breakthrough Award: Erin Haught  Beginning Sunday, August 14th, we explore the topic of “Creating Chemistry.” Get more information or book the class at the link...

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Marsha Morgan & Eduardo Torres are StoryAtlas Honorees for June

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Marsha Morgan & Eduardo Torres are StoryAtlas Honorees for June

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Genre Study: Mystery/Suspense.” We had a remarkable group of actors and they did extremely well with tense subject matter. We honor two actors every month. One is based on the quality of performance the final night (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 hilarious and disturbed portrayal of Mrs. Castevet from ROSEMARY’S BABY. Ms. Morgan’s fearlessness in her performance greatly impressed our panel. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to class monitor Eduardo Torres for his role as The Cowboy in MULHOLLAND DRIVE. Torres found a sense of his own power which he used exceedingly well to build the character of a mysterious, intimidating enforcer. StoryAtlas Honorees for June: Excellence in Performance Award: Marsha Morgan for her role as Mrs. Castevet in ROSEMARY’S BABY. Breakthrough Award: Eduardo Torres for his role as The Cowboy in MULHOLLAND DRIVE....

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Leah Cevoli, Jorgie Goico and David Charles are StoryAtlas Honorees for May

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

Leah Cevoli, Jorgie Goico and David Charles are StoryAtlas Honorees for May

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “The Monologue.” We had a remarkable group of actors and they rose to the intimidating challenge of performing alone. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen by the panel of industry guests based on the quality of performance the final night (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, once again, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Leah Cevoli, this time for her heartbreaking and insightful monologue from LEAVING LAS VEGAS as Sera. Our “Breakthrough Award” was a tie – for the first time in StoryAtlas history! Jorgie Goico found both depth and nuance in his monologue from DOG DAY AFTERNOON while David Charles embodied the concept of a “raw nerve” with his electric monologue from NETWORK. StoryAtlas Honorees for May: Excellence in Performance Award: Leah Cevoli for her portrayal of Sera in LEAVING LAS VEGAS. Breakthrough Award (tie): Jorgie Goico for his portrayal of Sonny in DOG DAY AFTERNOON and David Charles for his portrayal of Howard Beale in...

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Leah Cevoli and Michael Coghlan are StoryAtlas Honorees for April

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

Leah Cevoli and Michael Coghlan are StoryAtlas Honorees for April

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Drunk & High: Creating a Hot Mess.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a fun (but deceptively difficult!) topic. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of performance on the final night (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 Leah Cevoli, for her hilarious yet all-too-human performance as lush Edina Monsoon in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. Ms. Cevoli’s unique friendship with Patsy Stone provided a great vehicle for Cevoli to explore comedy, while maintaining a sense of reality about her character. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Michael Coghlan for his performance as Julio in Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. The scene opposite Hunter Gibson as Tenoch provided opportunities for Mr. Coghlan not only to explore the character’s drunken condition but also his guilt-racked conscience. April honorees: Excellence in Performance Award: Leah Cevoli for her work in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Breakthrough Award: Michael Coghlan for his work in Y TU MAMA...

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