Understanding what a scene is about is like flying in an airplane and looking down on the city you live in. It gives you a new and larger view of your part in the bigger picture. When you’re acting in a scene, you need that same perspective in order to understand the whole story.
It’s the only way to know, quite literally, what your role is in it.
That’s why the first of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting is: What is the Scene About?
To begin, take yourself *out* of the scene. Then imagine you’re watching it as a movie. What do you see?
Think about these key elements as you watch:
a. Who are the characters?
b. What is their relationship?
c. Where are they?
d. What are they doing?
e. What’s happening?
f. What’s the event?
Once you’ve got these down, you’re ready to move on to the core of this question:
What’s the conflict or problem?
Next time: Find your conflict, find your scene!
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