1. Identify the four categories of film acting and their purposes within film.
  • Extras- the actors that are used to provide a sense of a crowd
  • Non-professional performers- actors chosen not for their acting ability but for their appearance, they look right for the part.
  • Trained professionals- able to play a variety of roles— most actors
  • Stars- famous performers who are easily recognizable. their presence is a drawing factor

2.  Contrast the differences between stage and screen acting, and identify why those difference make film “the director’s medium.”

In stage acting, the actor gets to create more while in screen acting the director gets to create. A stage actor has to have a flexible and loud voice. They have to portray emotion through their voice. And only have to be visible on stage, their appearance is not necessarily a deal breaker. Their bodies are in view at all times so they must be calculating with their movements. A film actor must look interesting. They must be able to express emotion with facial expressions.

The film actor is used by the director to illuminate their vision. The stage actor interprets the role and relies upon themself to portray their own vision of the character they are playing.