Theatre, Theater and Film all need Emotional Continuity in order to have art function as life instead of non functional works. It is interesting how these connect together as many Actors forget to use Emotional Preparation Techniques to achieve continuity.
The old feud about styles in acting will be in another article. The importance is the ability of the Actors to provide footage to the editors where the takes actually match from one scene to another, emotionally.
You could look at this topic as being a head game for the Actor but it comes naturally once you learn the Emotional Preparation Techniques. The most important thing is that the Actor catches their own impulses to follow through safely emitting their emotion into the picture. Film as theatre will connect with audience functions. There is an aura of connection when the Emotional Continuity matches from scene to scene.
What are the Keys to Matching Emotional Continuity?
To match emotional continuity you must learn how to not only catch the moment but catch the impulse. You are looking to find the impulse within yourself before your action. However, if you don’t have control of your impulses you need to stop working and go back to a theater and practice catching the neurotic impulses safely.
The sanity of the Actor is more important than intensity. At the same time a heady Actor doesn’t receive emotionally, so you must balance the two things to achieve functioning. It is simple to understand that you both loose control and gain functioning within a new reality if you are truly present in film or theatre.
There are excellent examples, but only a few of Emotional Continuity in film. The majority of the techniques are forced and portraits of Art rather than living artistic functions. This means that the Actors are forcing moments rather then relaxing into the experience of what happens.
The more intense life gets or life within art, the more relaxation is a key to functioning. Emotional Continuity is a follow through to catching an initial impulse, but if you are following only your own agenda you are not being truthful or real.
As many things in life change just as in Art. There is a very true statement that Art replicates life, especially in this era of modernism generation of acting. So often Actors feel they need to complicate their experiences with adding gestures, which sometimes can be interesting but often ruins them from having their own deepest experience.
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