Master the Craft of Acting with Acting Exercises

Whistling Woods International Blog

Acting is a craft that needs to be honed and developed constantly by aspiring actors. For this, there are various acting exercises an actor can undertake to keep his acting skills sharp and some of which are:


Freeze: This is a group exercise involving 4-6 actors, where two actors start enacting a scene suggested by the group. After a couple of minutes, one of the actors from the group says “Freeze” and the two actors freeze in a pose. The actors from the group then replace one of the actors who are performing. The actor must now begin a new scene based on the pose and improvise.

How does it help?

The ‘Freeze’ exercise helps an actor to create a relation between their physical movement and acting. It also stretches their imagination to improvise a scene.

Observation: Observation is an individual exercise, in which an actor needs to observe a…

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10 Directing Techniques that Raise a Film’s Quality (Part 1)

CJ's Corner

There are over 100 documented techniques that directors develop to master their craft. Independent filmmakers have little patience to develop the skills that delay gratification. This lack of preparation causes poorly managed shoots, fewer artistic choices, bad acting and less coverage.

To avoid the nightmare that generates lower quality films, every filmmaker can improve his preparation by practicing ten directing techniques.

1. Search for Great Stories

There are seven steps to determine if a script is worth shooting. All seven are a part of analyzing the story. By reading a lot of scripts and working through the process of determining which ones are great stories, the director will be able to quickly spot flaws in the next script handed to him for consideration. He will also be able to determine if the flaw can be fixed or if the story should be pitched.

I read and conduct a partial…

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Dream bigger with higher frequency 

Do you ever find yourself unmotivated? As actors we all have to go through certain steps that may not be all that exciting. Email, planning and networking are part of the job. What did you do to advance your career? Remember why you started. Remember that huge dream. That dream will compel you to do more.  Your big dreams are magnetic. People that live a life of dreaming big will find that other people are drawn to them like a bee to nectar.

The ambition and motivation of our characters help us to connect. They help us tell the writer’s story. As actors, we want to be true to that. As a human being, are you being true to your own story? Are you living a life that moves you towards the ending  you truly desire? “Yes” is the only answer a person should accept. Your dream is a gift that can impact the world in ways you can’t imagine. Live it and one day you’ll give it. 

Write your dream down. Place reminders in places you’ll see them, to reinforce your vision. Dream big. Dream often. Take action. Encourage those around you to do the same. On your last day, I promise that you will not regret living a life that follows your dreams. 

Filmmaking Video of the Week

In earlier posts, I’ve highlighted apps and equipment that can be used to create your own films.(click here)  As actors, it’s important to be proactive by creating your own content.  Stay active and collaborate with others.  The people at Film Riot always have useful tips.  Here’s one of my favorite videos on camera angles in film.  Enjoy.  Don’t forget to comment and subscribe to my posts.