Chapter 10 of 20 from Natalie Portman

Performing on Camera

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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

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

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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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.

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

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!

To not be so self conscious and worry what people are thinking of me all the time. As an actor you can't be that self absorbed about all these other distractions. I don't plan on becoming an actor though. Still an author and journalist but i just wanted to see how the other side lives. I think Natalie is a wonderful WUNDERBAR (German) actress.

Hey, I enjoyed this Master Class, thank you very much for sharing all the useful information and giving us, students so many useful tips. Love love love

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.

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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!