Film & TV

Green-Screen Acting

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 08:37 min

Green-screen acting forces you to rely solely on your imagination. In this lesson, Natalie offers practical tips on how to approach this unique acting challenge.

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.


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Loved it. Wish there were more sessions on set.

the content was very good, I knocked on one point because I thought some more practical lessons could be included - like the improvisation lesson which was brilliant. thanks a lot

"When you're terrified, that's always a good reason to do something." I love that you created Jackie's character by watching where she breathes.

Natalie gives a lot of deep insight into the world of acting. The intricacies of character development that she offers are great tools to know. A lovely class.


Lydia P.

I've only done green screen once and it was very intimidating. It's hard to not feel silly, but I think all of this advice is incredibly helpful. Next time, I'll definitely be more prepared just by having had this lesson.

Donna W.

I haven't had a lot of experience with the Green Screen yet. I have had to interact with CGI that was to be done in post before, she explained it to perfection. Who knows, maybe I'll be called back to "Stranger Things" on a Green Screen day, now I can feel more prepared for it. (Just so long my character doesn't end up like Sean or Tony's characters - Sean Astin and Tony Vaughn.)

Nowa C.

I really like this section because it helps the new actor, the actor in learning, how to exercise their creative/imaginative energies in a classroom setting where there isn't a stage. A blank room can be likened to a green room where you really have to work out the depth of the space, the color scheme, and the tone of the environment so you can really bring a scene to life for classroom purposes. And while that might seem too much, it's a great way to exercise your imagination and prepare yourself for the real world of acting.


I saw that green screen at universal studios, but they show people in costume for like monsters not like role playing acting. You can’t tell on film if it’s green screen. I can imagine it to be difficult to visualize the environment and staying in character simultaneously. But the results must be amazing. Technology trips me out sometimes. Good class 🤪👍

Post P.

Very insightful! I always assumed green screen acting had many layers, but it was interesting to hear about ways to maximize your acting in front of a green screen.


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