Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Declan Donnellan on Acting

Found an interesting read. Title is The Actor and The Target by Declan Donnelan, an associate director of the National Theatre, London.

The book deals with freeing an actor from 'blockages' like focusing too much on what to do? how to feel? where the actor is? etc etc. The author discusses all this in a very generic manner that i think that it can also be applied in real life.

No, this is not the "acting is life, and life is acting, to act is to breathe, and to breath is to live" bullshit. Well, not in the philosophical sense, at least.

It deals more with psychological stuff. Like how we perceive experience, How do we focus on something else other than ourself, how to differentiate between ourself, and the 'I' we see.

Here are some vids that i found on youtube of the Author talking about a few things:
Donnellan discusses Imagination
Donnellan discusses Language
Donnellan discusses Acting
Donnellan discusses Andromaque


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Notes from a Vice President

I met a very experienced uncle today. He said a few things, which i write here for reminder's sake.
on Money
Yes, money is not everything. But then everything is money.
Who does not want money?
on Ego
Yes, you can have ego, and you might think about what people would say when you do things. Because you want to make sure you are the best amongst everyone. But when the shit hits the fan (not his actual words), who else would help you, but yourself? So f*ck what everyone else thinks. (also not his actual words). Just make sure you make your own decision to your own best judgement. That is all you have to know.
on Excuses
If you catch yourself giving excuses, most of the time it is because you need to justify your incompetence, and by doing so you feel more happy.
on Failure
Siti Nurhaliza can have the best voice. If you have a kodok voice, then practice. If you don't achieve Siti Nurhaliza's voice, then at least your voice is better than a kodok's. The important thing is that you try your best.
Practice.. practice.. practice
Sometimes you are too comfortable with what you have.
on PR
If going for an interview, buy new clothes. It gives confidence. Need not be expensive ones. Just new.
Be different. The aim is to leave an impression every time you meet new people.
Capitalize on everything the other person says. That means you have to really listen.
It has been quite a productive day. I must say.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Characters so Far

1) Brother who falls in love with his soon to be sister-in-law
2) Lovesick loser who lost his job and in the verge of of insanity
3) Serani Church Caretaker who has issues with the church
4) Reflection of somebody on the verge of suicide
5) A homosexual writing letters to god
6) A dillusional brother(also motivational speaker) in a dysfunctional family trying to figure out who killed the father

So far, it has been interesting! Maybe should get pictures for each role. :)


A child is somebody who wants what he wants and always gets what he wants and cannot take it and also refuse to understand if he can't get what he wants.

If that is the case, then yes, i am one.