In Character: An Actor's Workbook for Character Development

In Character: An Actor's Workbook for Character Development

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To portray a character, the actor needs craft; to fully express him or herself in the character, the actor needs talent. Combining the two is what makes a great actor, and here, Christopher Vened guides the actor, step by step, in how to explore and develop the character in all its aspects.

In this concise manual, Vened describes the necessary methods, principles, directions, exercises, and examples needed for the mastery of the actor's craft and art of portraying character, and offers guidance on such topics as conflict, internal and external circumstances of a character, thought patterns, and character traits in the body. This book is a major exploration of a major part of the actor's job.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325002088
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Vened was, for eight years, a star of Henryk Tomaszewski's world-famous Wroclaw Mime Theatre. In 1981, while on tour in Western Europe, Vened defected from communist Poland and rebuilt his career in the West. He now lives in Santa Monica, California, where he teaches acting at UCLA.

Table of Contents

Part I Identity

I Am Not a Guinea Pig * Identity * Chameleon and Exhibitionist * Exactness and Spontaneity * Character and Incongruity

Part II Conflict

The Character's Conflict * Protagonist/Antagonist * The Four Climaxes * Situation and Predicament * Action

Part III Character Traits


Appearance * The Center * Movement


Temperament * Will * Desire * Volitional Gesture * Feelings


Thought Pattern * Point of View * Attitude * Kinds of Thought Patterns


Space * Object * Relationship


Inner Image * Inner Voice * Inner Motive


Character Choice * Conditioning

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