From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Case Study: “Black Swan”

In this case study, Natalie reveals how she prepared for her role in “Black Swan” as a ballerina losing her grip on reality, which included training with a ballet instructor for months.

Topics include: Accept the Constraints of Your Body • Communicate Your Limits to Avoid Injury • Relate the Physical to the Emotional State

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In this case study, Natalie reveals how she prepared for her role in “Black Swan” as a ballerina losing her grip on reality, which included training with a ballet instructor for months.

Topics include: Accept the Constraints of Your Body • Communicate Your Limits to Avoid Injury • Relate the Physical to the Emotional State

Natalie Portman

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Make every role extraordinary

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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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

GOT TO LEARN LOT OF NEW THINGS, WHICH I THINK I WOULD'VE NEVER IMAGINED AS A FRESHER ARTIST. SHE IS INCREDIBLE, ITS ALMOST EASY TO MAKE A GUIDELINE, MAP OUT THE THINGS, GRAPH THE JOURNEY OF THE CHARACTER, THINK CREATIVELY, IMAGINE VARIOUS POSSIBILITIES, WORK AND PLAY WITH THE CAMERA, SET AND PROPS AND MANY MORE. THANKS A LOT!! ~ SANJANA DESHMUKH

I want to become a director and this masterclass was very useful for understanding the actor's job and thus learning how to better manage the relationship between the director and the actor. I am a great fun of Natalie, I think she is a great teacher, very humble and very clear in her explanations. I'm very sorry for my English, maybe I should also do a language masterclass

One of my favorites so far of any class dealing with acting and film making.

As I grow in acting, the most interesting thing to listen to is how other people get to where they are. You can take tid bits from everyone and form your own way, and hopefully in the future be in a position to give tid bits that get others to where they need to be!

Comments

Stanley K.

With my character Troy from 3 kings. He has 3 different parts of him. He is dad, soldier, and one point he he is a POW. On thing I noticed he is dad and soldier the whole time and a POW only for a few scenes. He wants the gold for his family so he is selfish for his family. On the set of the documentary I was on my character had to shoot a giant 100 mm prop gun that used to be a Chinese gun. It still had wadding come out the tip. I had to shoot it over the cast and make sure it did not go to low. The director said it could still injure or kill someone. The wadding shot over a 1/4 mile away. He said if hits tree it could break it. I really used my knowledge of fighting scenes from college classes, hunting (science then I really do not hunt, had change of heart) and martial arts. I wish I had some conversations with soldiers to prep. This lesson is giving so much to think about. I want to work a more dramatic role. I am going to try to speed through and work a more dramatic one and go through again. Really helpful class. Thank you!

A fellow student

Very informative, both the physical and mental state of a character from what i see makes a performance whole, if not it just not interesting enough.

Matthew B.

Great Movie Natalie !! Seen at least 6 times before most recent watch. Got quite aroused on a Saturday afternoon. Completing the lessons.

Joshua L.

I'm gladd i didntpay 90 for a class but for the year mainly focused on music. but characters can justify anywhere in lfie. plus At a young age i always wanted to pursue in acting and now that I got a home studio I can not just focus only on music but also acting. Thank you for these master classes yes I am spending money but damn it is money damn well spent.