Without light, the Mimeans became very pale, and without possessions they were forced to interact with imaginary objects and play with imaginary toys. In this series Mark Wenzel shows you how to perform popular mime routines.
Talent show or theater audition coming up? Want to improve your street performance techniques? Looking to impress your friends and family by performing alone? A one-man show might be intimidating, but putting on a good performance isn't that hard!
Adam from Chemical Reaction wants to show you a little movie magic. This video tutorial will show you how to fake shooting a person with a gun for your homemade film. If you really want to make it look real, get the most real prop gun you can get, but don't use a real handgun. Fake blood is a good thing to get from a Halloween store. Acting skill is the most needed part here... because you can't look like you're being shot unless you can act properly.
Interested in having a convincing British dialect? Learn how to speak with a British accent in this free entertainment video series.
Who doesn't want to be able to speak like a New Yorker? Whether for acting, comedy or impressing your friends and family, speaking in a New York dialect will provide you with hours of entertainment. Learn how to speak in a New York dialect in this free video series from communications and public speaking expert, Tracy Goodwin.
Mark Wenzel pioneered the concept of mime performances at theme parks, becoming the resident mime at Sea World of San Diego, where he entertained more than a million visitors a year for eight years. Now he trains mimes for all of Sea World's aquatic parks. He shows you some practice exercises in this video series.
Are you a young aspiring actress? A triple threat? Many top singers and entertainers today got their start on the Disney Channel. In this video, learn how to get that audition with the Disney Channel... Who knows, it could be your big break!
Impress your friends and neighbors by learning how to speak with an authentic pirate accent. Also included are pirate grammar and vocabulary. Practice hard enough and you should be ready for September 19th (International Talk Like a Pirate Day)!
The Knights of Gray brings you this video tutorial on how to boffer sword fight with speed tactics. Yes, that means being super fast for LARPing. Live action role-playing doesn't get much better than this.
This sequence of instructional videos provides a near comprehensive lesson on how you can change your voice from that of a male to that of a female. This video series is aimed at aiding transgender individuals, but is also useful for people who want to learn to do really great voice exercises and impersonations.
In this tutorial, we learn how to sound like a biological woman while speaking. There are many different techniques to help you speak like a woman, including going into falsetto. This isn't about getting the sound, it's about learning how to not speak with resonance. You want to focus your voice up in your throat instead of deep down. You probably haven't used the muscles for this voice, so using falsetto is a great way to practice. You may be able to speak a few minutes and feel yourself fal...
Have you ever seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? Many people enjoy watching this show, where they can see people do comedy off the top of their heads. There's no prior thought involved and it can be a lot of fun to participate in.
The Pirate Guys, Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy teach ye lubbers the basics of talkin' like a pirate. Simply put, you will gain the vernacular of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribbean in no time!
Live action role-playing. LARP. LARPing. The battlefield. Boffer. Sword fighting. DEAD. Do these terms ring a bell? They should, if you're anywhere but heaven.
Monologues are important to any acting career. Get tips for rehearsing your monologue in this free video clip from a professional theater director. Analyze a monologue - Part 1 of 15.
Animatronics: the use of electronics and robotics in mechanized puppets to simulate life, mainly used in moviemaking, but also in theme parks and other forms of entertainment. (wikipedia)
Are you struggling with your improvisational skills? Are you looking for some helpful tips and exercises that will improve your improv? Learn how to use the "Yes, and" principle in improv to build ideas in this free arts and entertainment video series.
Okay, you've mastered the boffer sword and the boffer sphere. Now what? Perhaps a boffer staff?
Crying on stage, crying at films, crying at funerals. All can be tricky if you aren't genuinely sad and emotional. Fake crying though could be your answer. Tears can be produced with lots of techniques, from onions, to Stanislavkian theory. Learn how to cry on cue, and you could be earning plenty of brownie points for your display of emotion. Cry on cue.
Cold readings are the toughest parts of many acting auditions. Having to act a script you've never seen before convincingly is key to you getting the part. This video will give you some tips for nailing your next cold reading and wowing the casting directors.
Knowing a few tricks of the trade will help you cry at the drop of a hat. You Will Need:
The Knights of Gray... um... The Pirate Guild? Bored of being indoors? Well, see what PVC pipe, duct tape, and foam insulation, otherwise known as a boffer weapon, can do for you.
The Knights of Gray are back, and they're are here to teach you some boffer sword fighting drills to practice with for your upcoming LARP events.
Watch this instructional video for some theatrical improv tips and techniques. Learn about improv for the theater in this free video series on acting performance.
One of my longest videos to date, but well worth it if you have half an hour to kill. This is to thank you all for putting up with me until now what with the voices and poetry and secrecy of my real voice and all.
Teri Lynne shows us how to do basic mime in this series of videos. Do basic mime skills - Part 1 of 16.
As Shakespeare said, "All the world’s a stage" – step on up and play your part! You Will Need
Prose for performance is different than performing with poetry. Learn about the basics of prose from a communications and public speaking expert in this free instructional video. Perform prose interpretation - Part 1 of 11.
Duel boffer sword wielding! It's twice as defensive, twice as offensive, and twice as aggressive.
Want to learn a valuable skill? Well, just watch this video tutorial to see how to cross one eye or speak with an echo.
Struggling with improvisational skills? Looking for some helpful tips and exercises to improve your improv? Learn more than 30 improv warm-ups from a professional instructor in this free arts and entertainment video series.
Acting requires getting to know a fictional character and becoming him or her, including motivation, status, desires, habits, and more. Learn to act in character from a performer in this free acting video series.
In this series Mark Wenzel shows us how to perform popular mime illusions. Part 1 of 7 - How to Do mime illusions.
In this tutorial, actress and producer Kathleen Cooke tells you how to prepare yourself for stepping foot on a television or film set for the first time. As an actor, you must be aware of the set and protocol. There is a heirarchy on every set, and you must know how to respect it. You must also learn the vocabulary - if you do not know what a gaffer or a honeywagon are, it's time to hit the books and study!
Whether you are an actor or a toothpaste, branding yourself is the best way to get yourself out there and noticed. By branding yourself you will be remembered. So, if your dream is to become a movie star and you think you have the skills and the look, check out this video and learn how to brand yourself into stardom. You will be signing autographs in no time.
Check out this video from the Knight of Gray. If you are a LARPer, and are art of a LARPing association, then you must check with your league to see if you can even use these boffer fighting techniques. The Knights of Gray do not teach for live action role-playing, they teach for combat. You must be aware of this.
Performance art is conceptual, usually visual art that involves bringing a concept to an audience. Learn to be a performance artist in this free conceptual art video.
In this tutorial, we learn how to memorize lines by identifying the root of a scene. First, know the way you work as an actor and know the other people you are around. Next, know what the material is and what the scene is about. If you are familiar with what you are talking about, you are going to be more engaged, rather than just memorizing a line. Another trick is to write your lines over and over, so your brain will understand what you have to learn. Also, make sure you say your lines out ...
Theater acting is a fun and creative art form but it can be difficult to project your voice loud enough for the audience to hear if you are use to speaking softly. With a few exercises and practice anyone can have a booming voice.
Boffer. You've heard it, you've used it, you've died by it, but have you done it well? The Knights of Gray teach you in this video tutorial, how to use a boffer weapon that needs two hands. So, if you're a LARPing wannabe, or a LARP professional, then you need to watch this. You will see what three pivot points for striking with a two-handed foam boffer sword.