From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Case Study: Working With Terrence Malick

Unlike many of the directors she’s worked with, Terrence Malick doesn’t follow the traditional rules of filmmaking. Natalie shares what she learned from this acclaimed director’s unconventional approach.

Topics include: Don't Dictate to the Audience • Exploring Improvisation in Knight of Cups • Create Emotion Through Gesture • Find Emotional Breath in Voice-Over Work • Keep Going, Even When Your Scene Ends

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Unlike many of the directors she’s worked with, Terrence Malick doesn’t follow the traditional rules of filmmaking. Natalie shares what she learned from this acclaimed director’s unconventional approach.

Topics include: Don't Dictate to the Audience • Exploring Improvisation in Knight of Cups • Create Emotion Through Gesture • Find Emotional Breath in Voice-Over Work • Keep Going, Even When Your Scene Ends

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

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!

Natalie Portman talked about a lot of topics that don't ever really get covered in other acting courses, like how to work with the camera, green screen acting, even how to fake tears if they aren't coming. It did at times feel like she was having some trouble articulating what she was trying to say, there were a lot of pauses and "you knows" but overall it was a great class.

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

I was curious. I'm a mathematician and I use my imagination every day, all the time. Active empathy means a lot to me. But, now, thanks to this class, I've understood how awful it must be to be an actress. I'm so happy I'm not one. Thank you Natalie Portman!

Comments

Nastasia M.

I love the point about continuing the scene after the dialogue has ended. I didn't fully grasp the lesson about creating emotion through gesture though.

Ocubox

That's a very good tip, what happens after the scene ends, your time as an actor to play, should the director decide to keep rolling. So it's good to be prepared for this.

Terence G.

Amazing insight - certainly will be recommending this to my actors in my film and tv projects.

Angela D.

I love her as a teacher! She is wonderful, and I am learning so much from her lessons.