Chapter 13 of 20 from Natalie Portman

Case Study: Working With Terrence Malick

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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

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

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman Teaches Acting

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.

Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman teaches her process for creating complex characters through psychology, voice, gesture, and movement.

A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps and supplemental materials accompanies the class.

Upload your acting videos to get feedback from the class. Natalie will also critique select student work.

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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!

loved it! Helped me very much understand complex ideas.

This class has helped me break down characters and to be comfortable on set. Thank you masterclass and Natalie Portman. Hope to share screentime with you one day.

It's going wood me think outside the box as an actor. Stopped me from thinking in a cliché way. Also enjoyed the golden nuggets of information.