Identify the four categories of film acting and their purposes within film.

  • stars: famous performers widely recognized by the public
  • extras: used to provide a sense of crowd, used as camera material, like landscape or a set
  • nonprofessional performers: amateur players chosen because of their authentic appearance
  • trained performers: stage and screen performers that are capable of playing a variety of roles and styles
Contrast the differences between stage and screen acting, and identify why those difference make film “the director’s medium.”
  • Requirements are different for each medium. Requirements for a stage performer is to be seen and heard and the requirements for a theatrical actor is to have a trained and flexible voice. Stage actors must be believable because much of the credit for a well performed production is given to the performers. It goes the same way if the audience is bored by the production. Physical requirements are not as important for theater actors then movie actors because of the visibility.