Delivering a performance for the camera that moves the audience requires a very specific set of skills and honing of your craft. The demands on a professional actor who performs for the big screen or for the mobile experience that can be found on the web are hurdles that must be practiced and then experienced in real situations that will be seen by real audiences.
Unlike stage actors who get an immediate response from the audience they’re in front of, actors who ply their trade in front of the camera get no immediate reaction to their performance. They must get their gauge from other places like the director of the film. This requires a sensitivity and discernment on the part of the performer so that they can trust and know that they are delivering the performance that is truly needed.
Scenes that are shot in the day versus scenes that are shot at night. Scenes that are shot on a boat and scenes that are shot in the Grand Canyon. What the script calls for may not be the order that the project is shot in. This requires tremendous versatility and discipline on the part of the actor because their physical experience will not come in the same order that the audience will eventually see their character’s story in.
The camera is much more intimate than the stage. This means that every slight nuance of expression that occurs on the actor’s face will happen in giant fashion on the big screen, sending emotions through the audience with just the raise of an eyebrow.
During your two years on the CCM Acting Track, you will be focused on the particulars that will equip you to act for the camera.