From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Working on Set

Natalie shares her techniques for working on set. You’ll learn how to emotionally connect with collaborators, handle vulnerability and self-consciousness, and maintain energy during a long day of shooting.

Topics include: Accept the Presence of the Camera and Crew • Engage Emotionally With Your Collaborators • Communicate What Makes You Comfortable • Keep Play Alice During Downtime • Protect Yourself From Negative Energy on Set • Engage Your Body Before Performing

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Natalie shares her techniques for working on set. You’ll learn how to emotionally connect with collaborators, handle vulnerability and self-consciousness, and maintain energy during a long day of shooting.

Topics include: Accept the Presence of the Camera and Crew • Engage Emotionally With Your Collaborators • Communicate What Makes You Comfortable • Keep Play Alice During Downtime • Protect Yourself From Negative Energy on Set • Engage Your Body Before Performing

Natalie Portman

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

I loved this Masterclass! I an a grad student studying acting. I always need more tools to help me be the most creative in building and being a character. I feel I have learned new tools for my acting, and new tools for how to be a working actor! Thank you Natalie Portman!

Amazing! I can't describe how thankful I am to learn so much from a very talented artist! Please consider this class, you won't regret it!

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.

I've learned many little tips and ideas I would have never thought about before.

Comments

Allison K.

Staying in play is such a great idea. I know that I sometimes get stuck in the feeling of the scene even when the camera is not on and it can be exhausting. I will have to keep that in mind for the next time I am on set.

Kristine K.

I like the way she says do not ignore the camera or the people in the room. This was a great lesson.

Lee

As a contributing actor on a set one has to be able to relate to the other performers and there language.

A fellow student

Very informative on how to manage yourself with coworkers and have a good working environment mostly, like in any profession

Joe

I believe that the acting coach that Natalie Portman is talking about is spelt Gerry Grennell. He has worked with Meryl Streep and the late Heath Ledger.

Sydney Louise & G.

I love this lesson so much. Really gives me permission to trust my instincts, and do some things that I typically feel inclined to do.

A fellow student

Love this! Best part was staying alert. Staying alert to those around you, do something on your downtime, and staying playful. It def keeps the energy alive during takes.

Casie

How do you collaborate with others to make a production successful? 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