From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Performing on Camera

After years of performing on camera, Natalie has figured out what helps her achieve her best work. She explains her personal process as well as other tips for making the most of your time in front of the camera.

Topics include: Memorize Your Lines in Advance • Bring Multiple Ideas to the Table • Have a Point of View, but Be Flexible • Continuity • Watching Playback • Be There for Your Fellow Actors • Find What Works for You to Physically Evoke Emotion

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After years of performing on camera, Natalie has figured out what helps her achieve her best work. She explains her personal process as well as other tips for making the most of your time in front of the camera.

Topics include: Memorize Your Lines in Advance • Bring Multiple Ideas to the Table • Have a Point of View, but Be Flexible • Continuity • Watching Playback • Be There for Your Fellow Actors • Find What Works for You to Physically Evoke Emotion

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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.

I'm a voice actor and I found so much of this material to be helpful when creating characters, finding a unique voice and tone for a script, and to get a sense of the industry. Great class!

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.

It was very insightful, interesting and useful! Natalie is wonderful and creative! I would love to work with her in the future!

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

Kristine K.

I love that she touched on crying. It's not that easy for me to cry on cue. It makes me feel better that she said that other actors have the same problem. I am really loving this Master Class. Natalie is an amazing teacher. I am going to watch this over and over again. I have to say this is the best class for the arts that I have watched on MC. I'm very impressed.

ALICIA S.

Creating the role, learning the script and being memorized is the imperative to being a believable storyteller. Great advice 💕

Matthew B.

The referenced article from the New York Film Academy on Types of Camera Shots is really interesting and informative.

Ocubox

That was very useful, it's true, when watching playback, if you're looking at yourself, you're probably focusing on something superficial or being too critical of something no one else is remotely observing. So, be kind to yourself :)

Maya D.

Continuity can sometimes make my performances feel stale and planned.... finding freedom while maintaining moments of continuity is a great challenge.

Samuel E.

Really related to what she said about sometimes what’s happening on the inside might not be translating well on the outside. That’s why I believe watching playback as feedback and a type of direction, is a a great idea.

Paul S.

I am a professional actor and Natalie's experiences and visions were so much touching and helpful. :)

Kristen

Her points not only seem like great advice for actors, but just how one should interact with people in day to day life.

Casie

What new camera techniques did you learn from Natalie?? Let's talk about it over in the MC Community. It's a great resource for sharing your work, getting feedback, connecting with students and discussing the workbook. Here's the link: https://community.masterclass.com/c/performance/np-workbook

Carroll S.

Very practical and useful advice related to many aspects of performing on camera (i.e., maintaining emotional/physical continuity, character choices, working with fellow actor in a scene, etc.) Definitely things to consider!