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The Second Element: The Power of Action - By Lewis Baumander

Directors say action they don't say feel, imagine, or  pretend. To act is to do not to pretend. When I say an “action”, I don't mean necessarily just banging on something, hitting or kissing someone, shooting something. An action is teasing, mocking, pleading, seducing etc. Action is how we acquire things. If it weren’t for action we never would have moved out of the oceans onto land. We wouldn’t have invented the wheel and the tools to make them. We wouldn’t have built cites or travelled to the moon and back again. We are a 3 billion year old success story of a will...

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A Physiological Approach to Acting - By Lewis Baumander

So what is this technique? It starts with a premise and the premise is the following: the goal is to be authentic. If the goal is to be authentic, the only way to be authentic is to be authentic. Therefore, any acting technique that creates even a line, (however small) between you and the character is going to be seen as “acting” and therefore, (in the 21st century), good acting, but not real. We have a conundrum. If we have to have an acting technique to do this, it cannot be seen. So, then how can this be done? Now, back in...

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