Tag Archive: acting


Here’s Kim doing a really great job performing as Lena from one of the opening scenes in The Oracle Machine.

I stuck the fake titles on just to show how they might fit into this opening scene. Without them the scene would appear too slow. Bear in mind it does follow on from a heavy action scene.

The apartment looks cool! Thanks G&N. And I’m loving the black&white.

I posted this because I thought it was about time I show some video of how T.O.M. might look.

Have had some more feedback on the blog. All positive, though some say it’s brave?… Wim very politely/kindly suggested that, though he understands where I’m coming from, others who’re not into the film scene will not understand the idea of rough tests.

He has a point… 🙂

This is Terri and Jessica acting out a scene from my other script ‘The Girl from Nowhere.’
I’m using it as an example to show some superb performances, but also how the script can sometimes be too big.
This was a cold first time reading – and I was too busy filming to be able to direct them – and they did an amazing job, and using the space too. (The picture frame is supposed to be an old bicycle mounted on the wall… hey, it’s improv.)
Terri is fantastic as the older lady who is getting put out by the young girl. Every look of hers carries so much weight. Jessica too handles it brilliantly. However, in retrospect, as a writer/director I might have played down the look Jessica gives the ‘husband’.  The line should maybe be just ‘and a husband…’ and then look at him. No need to say all that: ‘and a husband like him’, it’s far too obvious and explicit.

And this is the wonder of workshopping… it all becomes clear in 3D.

The music too helps tremendously with setting the tone. This is Jerry Goldsmith’s ‘Basic Instinct’. It flips between ominous and playful, keeping the audience upbeat and unsettled…

Had another actor’s workshop last week, where I enjoyed the privilege of filming professional actors act out scenes, some from my script. Here are some thoughts:

My script writing is too ‘explicit’. Actors carry so much meaning in their performance, very often they don’t need to speak what they’re thinking, a look will do. My script needs more work!

It was great seeing actors using the space in a room. It’s literally pops the script into 3D.

I’ve been reminded of something I realised when I made my short film a couple of years ago. It’s this – good actors are able to repeat the performance, the timings, and the motion again and again without missing a mark. This is something vital when you are doing a one camera shoot and need to film close ups, wides and mediums…

1st Acting Workshop


Dwight and Anneli took a scene I suggested – an emotionally involved scene – and workshopped it – and did a great job!

It’s definitely a thrill as a writer to see your words being spoken and coming to life.

This was shot with a Canon 550d (Rebel T2i) and we did 3 takes – one on each actor and one take trying to stay on both of them. The actors were experimenting with the intensity of the performance – so as a result it’s a bit of a mismatched edit of the performance – but this is what experimenting is all about.
Actually I normally try not to cross lines, so I was impressed how well it seemed to cut even with jumping from one side to the other – but perhaps it works here because there is a swirl of emotion in this scene…