Category: actors

Ribbon of Light

James Baldwin, on the movie theater experience vs. the stage experience: The distance between oneself – the audience – and a screen performer is absolute: a paradoxical absolute, masquerading as intimacy. No one, for example, will ever really know whether Katharine Hepburn or Bette Davis or Humphrey Bogart or Spencer Tracy or Clark Gable – or John Wayne – can,…

The Empathy Engine

A friend of mine, who works primarily in theatre, recently derisively described his experience as a movie audience member as “watching people have feelings.” He was speaking from a certain frustration and incomprehension. Theatre actors DO things. Film actors just FEELĀ things. This idea has stuck with me. Is it true? And if so, why? This also gets at the overarching…

The Archetype of the Sociopath

There is perhaps no more popular character in modern television (and to a certain extent, the movies) than the Sociopath. Going back at least as far as The Sopranos, but probably much further, writers and showrunners figured out that a charismatic, successful sociopath is a great character to build a show around – perhaps because they’re willing to make questionable…

Approaching MicroCinema

I remember reading about the film “Castaway” at some point during college or shortly afterwards. Robert Zemeckis had decidedĀ that in order to give the film its own unique look and style, that the entire island sequence (probably 2/3 of the film) would be shot without any lights. And, later in the same article, I read that they had brought a…