Lecture- Objective "The Want"

"Whaddya Want? ...Huh?"


PART ONE
Definition of an objective:
          
The objective is:

- The conscious intent of the character.
Should be simple
- An active phrase-  starting with the word "to".
- In the character's words- limited to his/her own background and education.

Your body should behave in the character!
        
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PART TWO
Purpose of objective for the actor:
- To help get them out of their heads. (Away from thinking of themselves)
- To identify something you can do something about. (not just philosophical)
- To create an organic and justified action (or tactic) to do for that beat
- To serve the super-objective, the scene, the script


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PART THREE
Picking Your Objective
There's no one correct answer when you're looking for the objective.
Pick the one that:
- Seems best for the character
- One that gets you "doing" something
- Helps tell the story
- Helps move the plot along
- Adds clarity for the audience
In the end, it can't look like acting!

STEP #1
The objective must always
be difficult to attain. 

The harder the objective is to accomplish, the better it is to act.

Example: It's no good to choose an objective "to escape" if the door is unlocked and unguarded.

Plays and films are about people 
struggling to accomplish things!

Difficulty: the fuel that lights our acting fires!

NOTE: When the characters have goals that are easy to attain, or if they give up trying, the audience loses interest in them.


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STEP #2
Look for conflict:

- Between people
- Inside the characters themselves
- Between nature and man
- Against a group
- Against the gods! (go greek!)

The more conflict, the harder it is to reach the objective! WE WANT A STRUGGLE!

NOTE: The greater the struggle, the more the excitement. The larger the risk, the greater the suspense


Stay fixed on what the character is thinking, then we can't lie as actors!
 






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