Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gene Wilder Lecture!

Last week Tiff and I were lucky enough to catch a special screening of "Young Frankenstein" with a guest lecture and Q&A by no other than the mad doctor himself Gene Wilder.

Gene gave a great talk about his acting days covering everything from his experiences with Sidney Poitier to his crazy collaborations with Mel Brooks. The whole lecture was amazing but what really perked my ears was Gene's elaborations on method acting and how he used his Stanislavski's 'system' training from the Herbert Berghof Studio to support and strengthen his comedy roles. He said his use of the system really helped to focus his actions and timing...hmmm...so why not try to apply it to animation and help strengthen our own character acting performances?

For starters here's a brief bio on -
Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski

Stanislavski's method style of action is explained here -
Stanislavski System of Acting

I also found some great notes on Stanislavski's system of acting here
'An Actor Prepares'

Other notes - Main Points of the Stanislavski System

1 comment:

Joshua Hayes said...

That's awesome. He's always been one of my favorite people and actors.