“WHY AN ACTING TEACHER SHOULD BE A ‘WORKING PROFESSIONAL’OF THE FILM INDUSTRY”
Film making as a process and business is changing rapidly. In 1999 when I filmed the action sequence (train sequence) for Gadar- ek prem katha in Bikaner, then after a span of 12 years, in 2011 when I shot the opening sequence of “Ek Tha Tiger” I realized how film making as a process has under gone a sea change. In 1999 there were no Jimmi Jibs, no TVC’s(small vehicles which carry the camera on a tripod), steady cam then were heavy and had limitations.
These are the days when cameras are ‘rigged’ on actors body to capture his facial close ups(what Anurag Kashyap did with Abhay Deol in Dev D). Sadly to my utter shock their are tuitors who emphasise on taking “camera facing” (without presence of a camera) in the class. The actor is required to address the class rather then his/her co-actor.
There are people in the bussiness of training actors who have never ever acted in a film or a TV show, never sweated it out on the stage. Never been through the struggle, turmoil, rejection an average actor goes through. Yet, they are self proclaimed acting gurus, flaunting pictures with Stars (those Stars who have never ackowledged their contribution). Quite same as the road side aphrodisiac seller who shows off his pictures with famous virile man.
There are teachers whose entire understanding of acting as a craft is based on asumptions, here-say(kahani-kisse), hypothetication and imagination but not on actors personal experience in the process of acquiring the craft.
We at KREATING CHARAKTERS -we groom actors, The Best Acting School in Mumbai, firmly beleive that ” There are no Acting Teachers, but only senior experienced actors who can nurture and groom young aspirants.
On the eve when I am about to begin my shoot for Sajid Nadiadwala’s “HEROPANTI”, the launch pad of Kreating Charakters alumni Tiger Shroff….. I affirm..
THERE IS NOTHING QUITE VALUABLE AS EXPERIENCE.
SAMAR JAI SINGH
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