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Improvisation

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 08:11 min

Natalie sees improvisation as the opportunity to create. She’ll teach you how to engage with your environment, be alert, and actively listen.

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

I love that she shared her experience and techniques. Acting is the art of empathy. This is the perfect definition for me.

This class is amazing, I learned a lot more about acting. Thank you so much!

I thoroughly enjoyed this masterclass! I had been looking for an in depth understanding of how things work on set for the actor. This was beautifully taught and filled with advice I hadn't heard on youtube!

Same as Helen Mirrin. :Lots of good info, but isn't there more?


Comments

A fellow student

Improvisation can be fun, but also communicate with the other actors to make sure some surprising actions would be okay with them. Also let the camera person know what you are planning so that the angle and distance from the camera will work and the action will be caught on film. Both can be respectful with communication.

Isabel G.

The most important thing about this lesson is to remember that, as humans, we're always doing things while we're talking, so actions are very important when improvising.

A fellow student

There's something she says here that's huge and I feel like gets glossed over by certain acting schools. It's the professionalism of knowing what you are seeing Partners Comfort level is and to not take advantage of that. There's some very self-indulgent schools of thought in acting that you should do whatever comes to you and that the other actor should just roll with it. The problem is then it becomes a scene about you and not about you and the other person. It also comes across as very selfish and leaves your scene partner not being able to trust you moving forward. I'm very glad that she addresses this issue here

Nastasia M.

I love the additional articles or reading materials suggested in the PDF files. All of these lessons will definitely need to be learned and relearned until it feels natural to me.

Matthew B.

I read the Book "A Doctor and a Plumber in a Rowboat" by Carol Schindler and Tom Soter.

ALICIA S.

Improve when prompted brings out the most natural of moments. Being courteous to scene partners and camera people is a good thing to remember. Great advice 😁

Terence G.

I love to work this way from time to time. I did a fair amount of this in my last feature film. Although I did have some actors who would rather not and others embraced the opportunity.

Casie

To share your work, get feedback, connect with students and discuss the workbook, visit The Hub! Tons of great resources there. Here's the link: https://community.masterclass.com/c/performance/np-workbook