From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Working With Directors

The rapport you establish with a director from the beginning of your collaboration can help you deliver a successful performance. Natalie teaches you how to navigate this relationship and bring your own ideas to the table.

Topics include: Understand Your Director's Vision and Process • Give Your Director Choices • Watch Yourself On Screen to Break Acting Tics

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The rapport you establish with a director from the beginning of your collaboration can help you deliver a successful performance. Natalie teaches you how to navigate this relationship and bring your own ideas to the table.

Topics include: Understand Your Director's Vision and Process • Give Your Director Choices • Watch Yourself On Screen to Break Acting Tics

Natalie Portman

Teaches Acting

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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've been a fan of Natalie since she was a kid. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to hear the secrets to her amazing talent! Beautifully delivered!

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.

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!

I'm a stunt professional with limited acting experience or formal training. This class has given me the understanding and knowledge needed to further my career and improve as an actor!

Comments

Kristine K.

I love her honesty in this lesson. She is really opening up and teaching us. I love this! Give the director choices...play with it etc.

Matthew B.

I got the DVD of Days of Heaven Directed by Terrence Malick and spent the afternoon today watching the Film twice, once with the audio commentary of art director costume designer and casting director !! also listened to commentary from Stars Richard Gere and Sam Shepard. Incredible DVD content and Film !

Nastasia M.

Helpful to think about what the director needs from you to work with. The variety, changes etc.

ALICIA S.

Working and getting along with everybody especially the directors is like the smart. Emotional changes for the same role in the same scene can get frustrating. Looking at yourself seems torturous. Good class 🤩

Amy

The link is broken to download the PDF lesson plan.... anyone else finding this?

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