December 5, 2016 at 1:15PM

You voted '+1'.

How do I get around line reading?

I'm making my first short with actors that are not my friends and I. So in researching I learned that it's considered rude for you to say the line how you want it said and have the actor repeat it. But this is the only way I've directed my non-actor friends and I don't know how to get around it.


I'm assuming you did that to your non-actor friends because they were not good actors. An actor, even one with little experience, will be able to deliver the lines better. You've hopefully given your actors a script before the day of shooting so that they can read it and start making choices about how that character should be played.
Actors are concerned with motivation and emotions. If they're not delivering how you imagined it you can talk to them about those things. Are they not emotional enough, are they too emotional, are they showing the right emotion? If you're shooting out of sequence, remind them that in the script they've just experienced X. Or maybe there's something that's not in the script that's influencing how you think the line should be delivered, share that information.
Finally, be open to things that aren't what you imagined. A film is a collaborative work.

December 5, 2016 at 10:13PM


^ This!

Like some actors say: "I need to feel it."
So it is important that you know what emotions are relevant. Give the actors room to get into the character. Don't call 'cut' when you see something you don't like: let it play out and then you can say what you liked and what you like to see differently (not spoonfeeding style but like Josh said: smaller/larger/subtler/louder/angrier/happier/etc. Once you found the character together the other shots will go quicker (in theory).


December 8, 2016 at 4:11PM

If you really want to get a natural tone in scenes for dialogues. Let your actors improvise more rather than having to memorize lines word for word, especially if they're non-actors it works real well.

December 16, 2016 at 6:22AM

Randell Acuram
Film Maker, Director, Musician, College Student

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