Film & TV

Assignments in Developing Performance

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 03:45 min

Using well-known films and performances, Natalie guides you through exercises to help you analyze a character arc, conduct character research, and dissect a director’s approach.

Natalie Portman
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Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman shares the techniques at the heart of her acting process—and teaches you how to tackle your next role.
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Natalie Portman began acting professionally at 12 and won an Oscar before she turned 30. As a self-taught actor, she uses personal techniques to create compelling, complex characters. In her first-ever acting class, Natalie shows how empathy is at the core of every great performance, how to bring real-life details into every role, and how to build your own creative process. Get ready for your breakout performance.


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Lydia P.

These are some powerful assignments! I can't wait to tackle these and share back. I've done scene studies and such by watching films and taking notes on character choices, but this sounds so extensive. I can't wait to do this!

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