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Memorization Techniques for Actors during the shooting of a film project.


Memorization Techniques for Actors during the shooting of a film project.


Author : Gorret@cinemaug

10, Months ago

Even if you are not an actor, you have probably wondered what it would be like to get up on stage and completely forget your lines, or maybe you have just asked yourself what that would feel like … To go completely blank in front of a crowd.

It does happen, even to the best, many times during a play. Nevertheless, just imagine the pressure one tiny slip up must bring!
In addition, think of how much energy it must take to hold all those lines in the mind, sometimes for months if it is for a play. It must be mentally and physically draining.
However, as cinema Ug, we work around the clock to ensure that we bring you some memorization techniques, which can help the actors /actresses remember or memorize the acting lines as stated below

1. Reading Out Loud helps trigger our visual pathways to form memory links. Relying on visual memory alone may leave us with many gaps. Auditory links can aid us because not only do we form the visual link from reading the script, but also we remember ourselves saying it aloud.  The words you are reading are now translated into speech. Your brain has the knowledge of producing the dialogue as well as a memory of hearing it.
Repetition is key. There really are no shortcuts to memorization except repetition. Unless you have a photographic memory, repeat, repeat, repeat. Work on a few lines at a time, and then start over. Visualize where the lines are on the page and do it again.

2. Divide and Conquer by breaking your role into small, bite-sized chunks. You do not have to tackle it all at once. Some actors put their dialogue onto an individual index or flashcards. These are easy to take with you anywhere you go, and you can start putting cards aside as soon as you are comfortable with the material.

3. Listen and react to the other characters in your scenes at all times. You would be surprised how many actors vacantly sit and stare, waiting for a break in dialogue to insert their next big line. They are thinking ahead instead of being in the moment. Listening attentively to what the other actors are saying and reacting appropriately will help you absorb the context of what is going on around you. The other person's lines then act as memory triggers or cues. If you are consistently struggling to recall your lines in a scene, you probably are not being as attentive as you should be to the other actors. Simply talk to the other person and forget everything and everyone around you. It is all about connecting to the other people in your scene.

4. Record your lines and use your iPod or other devices to listen to your scenes while going about your workout, doing household chores or driving a car. Reinforcement is good.

5. Get up and move while memorizing your script. Movement, combined with speech, enhances your ability to recall the next line. Next, join the words with movements and gestures. Take a walk, do laundry, ride a bike; all while saying your lines and acting out your scene. This helps occupy the parts of your brain that you do not need for memorizing and leaves space for that pesky dialogue.

6. Stay in character even if you have a long pause or a slight brain lapse. Think it through and get used to working through the fear of forgetting your lines. Do not immediately give up and peek at your script. Even the most experienced actors will forget dialogue or jumble words, and it is a good idea to know how to handle that situation as professionally as possible. Often we can edit around your stumble, but not if you have inserted a bunch of four-letter words!

7. Use an App In Place Of an Assistant:
There is an app looks interesting called Rehearser. It is only available for Android, so I have not been able to assess it, but the idea is that you can import a script and it will feed you the lines that go before yours. These prompts train you to respond without needing an acting partner or a coach. Throw a dedicated Memory Palace strategy into the mix and you are golden.


8. Focus on Emotions
We have already talked about emotions in the first part about mentally processing the lines of a play repeatedly. The idea here is that the more you read the lines, the more dimensions of the character in the context of their narrative world you will understand.
However, the actor also needs to feel those emotions at a legitimate level. Moreover, theoretically, by making oneself feel the emotions in a genuine way, the lines should be more memorable.



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