Acting in front of the camera is not similar to acting on stage and this is why it requires a special set of skills. Film and television will show anything from two normal people eating lunch to microscopic people eating through someone’s arteries, so as an actor you need to be prepared for how different genres of film and television affect how you play a role. Instead of a theatre full of people, it is just you and the camera. Besides the obvious characteristics of the profession, like personal deportment, cooperation and promptness, there are practical and technical skills that can help you become a pro in front of the camera. Just like in cours theater Paris, you will need to use your creativity and imagination.
Play to the camera
In film and television acting, you need to use your imagination and pretend that the person sitting behind the camera and who is staring at you is a loved person or at least a friendly face. What you have to do is play to the camera, which means that you have to project your emotions to the unblinking eye of the camera. To accomplish this task, you should keep in mind the following things. Always know where the camera is, unless your performance will be worthless. If the camera is trying to capture a long shot of you from the distance, then concentrate on arching your eyebrow so as to convey emotion. Equally useful is knowing where the actors and the other actors and the other props are located or else you risk blocking the view of another actor.
Make eye contact
In order to achieve eye contact you should focus your attention on your scene partner’s eye. There is an upstage and a downstage to working with the camera. What inexperienced actors tend to do is look shifty-eyed and they tend to move back and forth between another actor’s two eyes. This may not necessarily be an issue, but it depends largely on the tightness of the shot. If the shot is very close and intense, then you should be very careful. Focus on the downstage eye, namely the one closer to the camera. The result is that your performance will have more stillness, which directors and audiences prefer.
Acting with different takes
Taking into account that everything you do in front of the camera is captured on film or even videotaped, you have to deliver the best possible performance. After all, you shoot once and this is it. Actually it is not. In the world of film and television, you have to perform a scene more than one time. You basically have to shot a scene over and over again until the director can capture it from different angles or so that the actors can try different variations. If the director wants you to shoot a scene over and over again, you should not take it personally. The director will only want to have different versions of the same scene, so that he can choose the best one to use later.