Continuing on from last week’s animal studies, what have you discovered about your
animal? Make a list and upload to the Facebook group.
Lie down and visualise your animal ask yourself these questions:
How does my animal breathe?
How do they lie down?
Where is the animal more relaxed than I am?
Where is it heavy?
What temperature does this animal like?
Begin to move your animal around the room, asking yourself these questions:
How does he move?
When does he move?
Why does he move?
How does it move its mouth? Its ears? Its cheeks?
What’s it like to have a tail? Exaggerate this.
Does your animal have fur, feathers, scales? Is its skin smooth, bumpy, hot or cold?
Think about how its skin feels.
How does it feel to have hair as long as your animal’s? How long is it?
Are its eyelids heavier or lighter than yours?
What is the shape of your animals ears? How about its nose? Does it have a snout?
What about its mouth? Do the shape of its nose and mouth making eating and
drinking easier or more difficult? Where are its eyes located? Do they face front or are they farther on the sides of its face?
Can you imagine what he might be thinking?
Is the animal intelligent? Tame? Wild? Dangerous?
How does he eat?
What kind of sounds does your animal make? Dare to be outrageous here.
Try to transfer the animal’s thoughts to your own thoughts. What are you, “the
gorilla”; thinking as you move from the spot at which you have been standing for quite some time to a tree fifty feet away to pick a few leaves to eat? Why did you move now, and not five minutes ago?
Stand up and try to personify the movement by embodying it on two legs. Keep the physical and psychological aspects of the animal, and transform them to the human counterpart in yourself.
Begin to build a human based on the animal. This is working from the inside out and you’ll notice that as you move, you’ll actually begin to feel certain emotional
responses triggered by the movement.
Re-visit your monologues from last week; take 10minutes to look over the script
again. This time channel the animal you have been studying and see how it
changes/effects the performance. Film this and upload to the Facebook group,
What makes a good actor? Both on set and off set. Consider what it is to work well
with others and to bring ideas to the table. Make a list of what attributes you think a
good actor should have and see how many you fulfil.