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12 AUGUST 2012

Rob Nilsson: indie filmmaker and small format video feature pioneer

"Rob Nilsson pioneered small analog and digital formats and created a low–budget cinematic style called direct action. He established the Tenderloin Action Group (now called the Tenderloin yGroup) in 1990, a drama workshop for homeless people, inner–city San Francisco residents and professional actors. He was the first video maker to blow up small–format video to 35 mm film for international theatrical distribution. His work has screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, including Mill Valley, Toronto, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Locarno. Nilsson's work has been honored with numerous awards, including the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (he was the first American Director to win both)."

(Media Arts Fellow)

Fig.1 scene from Rob Nilsson (1987). "Heat and Sunlight", Betacam SP to 35mm film transfer.

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Simon Perkins
13 MARCH 2011

Extreme frustration: in reality and the Meisner technique

"The Meisner acting technique is a many layered approach that relies heavily on a practice known as emotional preparation. Named after Sanford Meisner, the Meisner technique began as a systematic study of the art of acting for theatre. Based on work done by Russian actor Constantine Stanislovski, Meisner created a hybrid technique that he felt was better suited to the American actor and American theatre. ...

Actors using the Meisner acting technique have the ability to immerse themselves in an emotional 'state' of the character before going onstage. Rather than pretending extreme frustration they must ARE extremely frustrated as they enter the scene. Furthermore, Meisner believed that any actor looking to exploit the Meisner acting technique does their homework by creating and developing a complete set of circumstances and a complete emotional landscape that is in tune with the deeper cravings, needs and emotions that have caused the character to be frustrated."

(Maggie Flanigan Studio)

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Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2010

Charlie Chaplin: truth and naturalism through improvisation

"While Harold Lloyd played the daredevil, hanging from clocks, and Buster Keaton maneuvered through surreal and complex situations, [Charlie] Chaplin concerned himself with improvisation. For Chaplin, the best way to locate the humor or pathos of a situation was to create an environment and walk around it until something natural happened. The concern of early theater and film was to simply keep the audience's attention through overdramatic acting that exaggerated emotions, but Chaplin saw in film an opportunity to control the environment enough to allow subtlety to come through."

(Public Broadcasting Service, 28th August 2006)

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actorAmerican MastersaudienceauthorshipBuster KeatonCharlie Chaplincomedycontroldaredevil • exaggerated emotions • filmfilm acting • Harold Lloyd • hidden treasures • humourimprovisationnaturalismpathosPBSperformancephysical comedy • Public Broadcasting Service • realismsilent moviessocial realitysubtletytheatretruth • Unknown Chaplin

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Simon Perkins
05 NOVEMBER 2010

Sanford Meisner: Theatre's Best Kept Secret

A documentary about the influential acting teacher Sanford Meisner.

Fig.1–7 'Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret'. Dir. Nick Doob. Performers Sanford Meisner, Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Sydney Pollack. 1985.

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1985 • acting teacher • actor • artistry • craftcreative practicedocumentary • dramatic coach • emotionexpressionfilm actinggesture • Gregory Peck • imaginationinstructionMeisner technique • Nick Doob • pedagogyperformanceplay • Robert Duvall • Sandy Meisner • Sanford Meisner • Sydney Pollack • teacherteachingtechniquetheatretraining

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Simon Perkins
09 DECEMBER 2009

Sanford Meisner: acting is the ability to live truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances

"[Sanford Meisner] said 'acting is the ability to live truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances' now he had worked on that sentence for 71 years, funny he didn't use the word 'talent'. He said it's an ability and an ability is a skill. And the cool thing about a skill is it's learnable."
(Martin Barter)

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actor • Actors Studio • artistic practicecharacterisationcreative practiceemotionexperimentationexpressionfilm actinggesture • Harold Clurman • imaginaryimaginationinstruction • Lee Strasberg • Meisner technique • Neighborhood Playhouse • pedagogyperformancepioneerplaySanford Meisnerskill • spontaneous repetition • Stella Adler • talentteachingtechniquetheatretraining

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Simon Perkins
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