Fixing The Acting In Police Drama

Amazing directing exercise where we figure out what to say to the actors in a scene
that isn’t quite working. The scariest feeling for a film director is dead air in a
scene. Everyone can feel it isn’t working, and you don’t know what the problem is
or even what to say to the actors. We’re joined by director Brendan Hughes and
actor Brandon Galatz as we work through a scene that has promise, but that currently
isn’t working. The scene is from a short “Just Cops” from a 168 hour film
project.

Fixing The Acting In Police Drama

Amazing directing exercise where we figure out what to say to the actors in a scene that isn’t quite working. The scariest feeling for a film director is dead air in a scene. Everyone can feel it isn’t working, and you don’t know what the problem is or even what to say to the actors. We’re joined by director Brendan Hughes and actor Brandon Galatz as we work through a scene that has promise, but that currently isn’t working. The scene is from a short “Just Cops” from a 168 hour film project.

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EPISODE LINKS

Original scene from Just Cops (starts at 1:42): https://youtu.be/wkwJXaFZ-_0?t=102

Scene Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/toj9jzvnq5obk41/Just%20Cops.pdf?dl=0

Brendan Hughes Dad Jeans Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dad-jeans/id896300180

Brandon Galatz IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3761258/

Brandon Galatz Website: http://s.bl-1.com/h/cVlc3fjN?url=https://brandonkgalatz.wixsite.com/bgalatz

Episode Outline

0:00 - Intro
2:09 - Hello Brandon / Brendan
4:23 - Explaining the exercise
6:30 - Watching the scene
7:25 - First thoughts
11:35 - Where are the beats?
14:33 - Stressed production
18:52 - Subtle acting
21:03 - How to dial back acting
21:48 - Holding back
23:16 - Stronger back stories
25:00 - Why now?
29:04 - Better beats
33:47 - Captain's motivation
34:58 - Too many words, too fast
38:36 - Handling interruptions
40:01 - Better listening
42:51 - Word images
46:58 - Legitimate obstacles
51:09 - Slowing the scene down
55:53 - Captain's logic
1:00:36 - Marking beats
1:03:27 - Getting the scene to breathe
1:16:34 - Balancing camera work and acting
1:22:59 - Creating silence
1:28:28 - Wrapping up

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