Commonly reffered to as ‘Affective Memory’, the technique originally formed by the famous actors practitioner Stanislavski is one in which an actor draws from a real life emotional memory & uses that state to bring life to whatever character he or she is at that point in time (a good way for actors to cry on queue).
Take a look at wikiepedia’s definition then we’ll dive into Robert DeNiro’s real life application of the technique in a video in which he shared some of his own sage advice….back to wikipedia:
Affective memory was an early element of Stanislavski’s ‘system’ and a central part of method acting. Affective memory requires actors to call on the memory of details from a similar situation (or more recently a situation with similar emotion ) and import those feelings to those of their characters.
Sir Robert DeNiro has the same idea, but put it across in really simple terms, take a look:
What we gathered from that short segment above was mainly about his views on “Expression”.
Naturally, as human beings, emotions evoke facial expressions from most of us, typically by default. If you feel happy you’ll express it with a smile, If confused you might squint a little (just a little) , If you’re angry you might hold an intimidatingly straight face….or do the more obvious frown.
Naturally feeling the emotion of your character should draw these expressions out of you & if you’re in that state of deep method acting you really should have to force and do that much at all, it’ll come out naturally as Mr De Niro wisely stated above.
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