Assignment 2 – Acting 102 – Scene from “Family”

Hi everyone,

  • Your assignment for next week is to memorize one or both of the characters in the “Chris-Annie” script below.
  • The password to view the script is REKINDLE in all caps.
  • We’ll be doing this one as a fully staged “play” with action, props and blocking.
  • Note that this is a longer script — about a half page longer than the others we’ve done — so will take more time to memorize.
  • Don’t worry about the details of the action, what’s written in the script is approximate and will be fine-tuned when we perform it.This will be our first script with full blocking, similar to performing in an actual movie or stage play… fun 🙂
  • Note: “Chris” is referred to as male and “Annie” as female, but it’s fine to memorize either character. (“Chris” could be Annie’s sister instead or brother, and “Annie” could be short for a male name such as Anders, Andre, Andrea, Ansel, Anson, Anton, or Zander)

For some tips on memorizing this one: Listen to this short audio file:

Part 2: Watch the video below.

It’s a good description from a stage director’s perspective of how to use the concepts of objective; obstacle; and motivation to find the emotional core of a scene.

Part 3: Watch the scene below

In the scene below (from the TV series The Walking Dead), a character named Maggie goes into the jail cell of a character named Negan.

  • The backstory is that Negan murdered her husband and several other characters Maggie cared deeply about.
  • Maggie’s plan (objective) is to kill him.
  • Her motivation is her anger over the murders.
  • Negan’s objective (what he wants from Maggie) is somewhat hidden at first, and may not become clear until halfway through the scene.
  • In both cases, you’ll notice that the character’s objective is driving the scene from the actor’s point of view. Each is focused totally into their objective from the moment the scene begins.

Part 4: Optional: Watch the Scene Below

In this scene from Miller’s Crossing, ask yourself what each character wants in the scene, and why they want it (their motivation), and how they’re trying to achieve what they want, and what obstacle they’re facing.

Part 5: Also optional: Watch the Scene below

Ask the same questions. What does Kim want? In other scenes in the same movie, Julia Roberts’ character was trying to break up Kim and her fiancée – but what does she want in this scene?

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