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NEVER GET ENTICED BY ACTING SCHOOLS AND TUTORS WHO LURE YOU BY JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

One should be Intelligent enough to discriminate between two facets of a successful acting career. One is to groom yourself to enhance your craft and the other is to fetch acting assignments which propel your career.

I have noticed few acting schools (can’t name them) one run by a big T.V series production house, who are now successful producers of movies as well, another one run by the show man of bygone years, yet another one run by a company which organizes a T.V award function. They all talk about giving break to their students, but so far not a single actor trained by these schools have been signed by their respective production houses.

Apart from these big names, I know of a petty door to door diction tutor who claims to be an acting trainer, was associated with our academy for a while, had this peculiar tendency to flaunt his contacts with big production houses such as Yash Raj, Dharma and all big producers down south, giving false promises to young actors that he would get them casted, poor students in the hope of getting work would bribe him with gifts such as cell phones and digital Video cameras in returns. Isn’t this an another form of “Casting Couch”. But the bitter fact and the Irony is that he could not get his own son casted even in an episodic T.V Show on a regional channel. His paternal pride manifested when the lad got a mute part of a “mountain” in a flop Mytho-Musical T.V show though he mentions such works done by other students as obscure blink and miss role.(DOUBLE STANDARDS!! He has Plenty! He has two names, his son has two names but if any student would mention two names for themselves he would humiliate them publicly!)

Internet and social net working sites are a public platforms, “the deprived politician” had the blatantness to announce his Bhojpuri film on Facebook, which was suppose to launch his son as ‘first romantic star’. He signed nine actors from the Academy without paying them a single penny, was shamelessly distributing sweets in the school celebrating it. It has been more than three years and not a single frame of the said films is shot yet. Mr. Deprived Politician, the actors are waiting for the answer??

Similarly in last October the gentlemen had announced on a social networking site that his school is going to stage two shows of a play, one in Prithvi theatre, next in NCPA. Forget the rehearsals, even the casting has not been done so far. My only query is how can one take young aspirants for a ride? It’s high time, come off this habit of fraudulent promises on public platforms.

This is just a tip of the iceberg. The actor grooming industry is infested with such frauds. There are tutors in the business of training actors who are not even remotely associated with acting. They themselves are struggling since eternity to make their and their children’s career, manipulating and pleasing star kids. They live in isolation, their entire understanding of acting is hypothetical and based on hear say (kahani-kisse). They have never ever faced camera in their entire life or been on stage. They have never smelt the smell of a film studio. Never gone through the turmoil, hardships and pain of rejection on average actor goes through. Yet they are “self proclaimed” acting Gurus.

My request to all young aspirants is beware of such deceptions. Understand that there are two complimentary aspects of a successful acting career, mastering your craft and marketing yourself to find acting jobs. Acting schools help you in the former.

We at Kreating Charakters- we groom actors, The top most acting school of Mumbai, see to it that our actors are aware of these aspects.

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SAMAR JAI SINGH
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“SAU SAAL PEHLE MUJHE TUMSE PYAR THA, AAJ BHEE HAI AUR KAL BHEE RAHEGA”

The opening lines of this eternal duet depicting love and commitment humms in my ears, on the occasion of the centenary of Indian cinema.

“RAJA HARISHCHANDRA” the first Indian Film by Dadasaheb Phalke was screened for the public on 3rd May 1913 in Bombay. Over these 100 years the love and craze of cinegoers in India has grown by leaps and bounds. Each coming year the number of films released have increased.

Indian cinema registers around 700 films every year in 30 different languages and dialects. Since the release of first film of the talkie era in 1931, Indian Cinema has produced around 77000 films till 2012. Out of which 12000 are Hindi Films. The year 2012 saw release of 105 Hindi Flms.

Here at the locationof HEROPANTI in Nabha(Punjab), a Film having a record of sorts, as there are large number of debutants in this movie, the atmosphere is jubilant as Cinema completes 100 years in India. So many young actors and film makers are being born to become the custodian of the rich heritage.

We at Indias Best Acting School KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors, salute Indian Cinema for reaching this milestone as well as scaling the peaks of glory and success. Since our inception in 2005, it has been our humble effort to enrich the Indian Cinema with best of the acting talent. This endeavour is a life long commitment of mine and my collaborator at KREATING CHARAKTER we groom actors, Mr Roopesh Thapliyal.

(All stats about Indian Cinema from internet)

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SAMAR JAI SINGH
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DOES CAMERA REALLY ADD TEN POUNDS?

This is a question which is put forward by many young actors. The fact and the truth is YES IT DOES. What actually
it does is intensifies and amplifies any feature. Suppose if you have a large nose, the camera will make it even larger. If you are very skinny, hollow cheeked, high cheek bones and with apparently seen ribs the camera would make you look weak and ill, istead of adding ten pounds and making you look healthy.

All kinds of visual flaws on the face and physical shape and posture are enlarged and intensified. If you have scars or facial blemishes the camera would make them appear more prominent. A ‘soft’ chin and well filled up cheeks can add more then ten pounds. Each face has its own flaws, NO FACE IS A PERFECT FACE.

For actors rescue, make up can considerably help most of this. As a person working in front of the camera one should be aware of ones shortcomings and flaws. Take help of the wonders of make up and cosmeticians brush to get absolutely into film shape. At KREATNG CHARAKTERS we groom actors, the Top Most Acting School Of Mumbai, we conduct special sessions and seminar in Makeup for our actors.

The flaw which makeup can’t help is POSTURE. A slump which you might not be aware of could make you look like a hunchback. If that is the character you are portraying, great, keep that slouch, if not correct the posture. The camera would convey a message about you and your character that you don’t want to send.

So, beware of the fact that the camera amplifies, intensifies and enlarges your facial and physical (posture and weight) flaws. Correct them through appropriate make up and awareness.

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YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR PERFORMANCE ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE SHOT

On screen you can be seen in anything from full length shot of your whole body (Head to Toe) to an extreme close up of your face(Fore head to Chin) depending on the size of the shot. As a professional actor you should be aware of different sizes of the shot and monitor your performance accordingly.

Here on the location I have been observing the maestro from close quaters, who already has 340 released films to his credit in five languages, has a record of 27 releases in one calender year, Mr Prakash Raj. I was amazed to see how effortlessly he monitors his performance according to different composition of the shots. Even in a single take where the composition is changing, say from wide where his whole body is seen, and then the camera trollys in to compose a close up, he adepts so well with the performance and the right look for his co-actors. No doubt with experience he has mastered the craft.

Now coming back to the different sizes of the shot, the problem is there is no ‘standard acceptance’. Broadly they can be catagorise as.

1. Full length shot

2. Medium shot

3. Medium close up

4. Big close up(extreme closeup)

Most of the time in a master shot actor is seen in the frame from head to toe. This a ” Full Length Shot” (LS). As an actor how do you convey thoughts, feeling and expressions to the audience when they are seeing your whole body? What you are experiencing should come across through whole body motions and physical attitudes as well as loud clear voices.

Next is the “Medium Shot”(MS). Here your image is occupying larger screen space. You are seen from head to waist on the screen. This a usual size of the shot when two or three actors are sharing the screen space. This composition also desires “reasonable body motion and gestures”, here some facial expressions are also noticeable.

Then comes “Medium Close up”(MCU). Actors head and shoulders are seen, bottom of the screen cutting across the actors chest. This is a very common composition in shooting Television dramas.”This is a real life frame”. Its like you are seeing somebody sitting across the table before you. How does an actor goes about? Well, subtlety, transparent expressions, just what one would do in real life. Actors ease, naturalness and genuine feelings come across in this frame.

The “Big Close up”(also called extreme close up). Here the actors face entirely fills up he screen. Right from ‘fore head to the chin’. In life you can never see a persons face in extreme close up. If you try to see some ones face so close, you go out of focus and the image blurs. But cinematically this size shot is used often. Its an unreal size shot. It reveals what the actor is “thinking” rather than “presenting”. So, you just need to think strongly
in this composition.

This skill of adaptation of performance as per the composition of the camera frame is taught and imbibed deeply in the Actors of Indias Best Acting Academy KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors.

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SAMAR JAI SINGH
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HARDEST THING ABOUT FILM ACTING IS TO KEEP YOUR SELF ALIVE SPECIALLY FOR “CLOSE-UPS”!!!

In a film you hardly shoot two or three scenes in a day. The pace of shooting a film is quite slow, there’s a lot of time on the set . The fact is they shoot the master shots first, one should be aware that the coverage, the ‘closeups’ will be shot later in the day. So the actor need to keep alive and energetic right till the end of the day.

A “close up” is your moment as an actor, you are alone in the shot, all eyes are on you. You should not bother about about being scrutinise while giving a take, but you need to give your absolute best to this little shot. The ‘entire moment’ you are experiencing will be amplified.

Here at the location few actors who are not familiar with film acting often wonder, how can any one act with camera so close? Isn’t it distracting? Sometimes the camera need not be close to you for a close up. All that camera man needs to do is change the lenses.

I very well remember while shooting the climax of GADAR – ek prem katha,near Bikaner (Rajasthan). The sequence where the train in which Tara Singh (Mr Sunny Deol) and his family are traveling is blocked and cordoned by the Pakistan Army. As soon as the train stops I had to speak my dialogues. There were three cameras rolling on the other side of the track, at least 40 meters away from where I was. One of the camera was following me in a ‘close up’, being comparatively raw than, I was not aware of it, I only realized when I was dubbing for the sequence. I asked the associate director, how come I have a close up here, yet the cameras were at a distance. He informed me it was shot on ‘Telly’, where the cameraman can zoom close to the actor. So its not necessary that the camera should be close to you for a close up. This is practiced very often in shooting TV shows.

Truth of your performance shows up in close ups. One has to save his best for that bit of a shot. There are special classes dedicated to orient actors about this facet of the craft at India’s Top Most Acting School KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors.

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YOU MAY BE A BRILLIANT ACTOR, BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN A THING IF YOU ARE OUT OF “FOCUS”

“LEARN TO HIT THE MARK”

If you happen to visit a shooting floor,where filming of a movie is taking place, you would notice a person with a measurement tape, measuring the distance between the camera and the actor. He is DOP’s (Director of Photography) assistant, his job is to keep the shot in “FOCUS”. When the shot is being canned, he is not looking through the view finder of the camera, he has to depend entirely on “marks” and “measurements”. Thats why he will measure the actor at every point where he/she is suppose to take a stay during the shot.

When blocking of a scene is done, the director gives moves to the actor. The camera team takes a note of these moves carefully. The camera assistant gives actors fixed marks, where he/she is suppose to take a stay.

While shooting a master shot, the marks can be more then one, marked 1-2-3 starting from the first, when the actor first enters the block to the last where the shot is cut.

Here at location in Nabha, we have an ensemble cast, an actor who has more then 300 films under his belt, there are actors who have some experience in the industry, some are trained actors but have no on job experience and few of them are absolutely raw. All of them togather in a take makes the process of filming quite intriguing. For some these technicalities are like second nature, the newer lot struggles to make these adjustments, some times they are away from the mark, some times they look down to see wether they are on it or not, thus spoiling the take….Then how to go about?

The best way to ‘hit your mark’, which we teach at the KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors the Best Acting School In Mumbai, is by using our instinct to associate with spaces. Step on the mark, look at the co-actor or any property around say a sofa, table, pillar etc, close your eyes and mentally note the distances. Then go to the begining point and start again, you will be surprised that you actually are “hitting the mark” consistently. Practice this!!!

ON THE SET YOU WILL SAVE TIME ENERGY AND MONEY AND YES THE CAMERA TEAM WOULD LOVE YOU!!!

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BOY MY BOY YOU MADE THE LEGEND BLINK

This is my maiden experience, sharing screen space for a movie with my student. But, the secret is that I silently desire and pray that these occasions should be more freequent.

On 14th June 2012, I met Tiger Shroff the Hero of HEROPANTI. This was the first dayof his grooming with Indias Best Acting School KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors. He was a shy, recultant and an introvert boy. Atheletically built had tremendous passion for gymnastics and martial arts. Hardly had any inclination for acting. But yes, a handsome boy of handsome father.

As the training went by I realized, he was a very sensitive, intelligent and focused boy.Very well brought up, all credit to his parents. Had outstanding grasping and adapting ability, very humble and down to earth, carried no baggage of being a star son, I remember he use to travel in auto rickshaws and buses.

After his generic training was over at Indias Top Most Acting Academy KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors, we worked on the customised grooming for his film. There was a trial shoot held in october 2012, at Kamalistan Studios in Mumbai. During the shoot one could see the glimpses of his hold over his craft. There were few visitors at the studio and they were absolutely enchanted by his persona and looks. My heart murmured a “Super Star” is about to be born.

Here on location at Nabha, a confrontation scene was being shot between Tiger and the legend in his own right Mr Prakash Raj. The shot was set up …’action’ was called….trolly moved…the boy spoke his lines with passion making a flawless graph…the maestro was bewildered and taken a back. Acknowleged the immaculate performance of the debutante. My guts said the “Next Super Star” is here. I could feel my head held high in pride.

A WARM WELCOME TO THE NEXT GENERATION

KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors is not only the favourite destination for grooming young talent amongst the industry folks, we feel exteremely humbled and entrusted when our passed out students send their freinds, siblings and even children to their former acting school.

One such new arrival in the KC family is Virat Vakharia, he is a student in KC batch no 71, his father Mr Parimal Vakharia was student of batch no 9. Mr Parimal, apart from being a flourishing bussinesman freequently acts in various TV shows. Likewise brother of TV Star Zoheb Siddiqui, KC Batch no 40 Arbaz is enrolled in KC Batch no 69, He is currently undergoing his training.

Me and my collaborator at KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors Mr Roopesh Thapliyal, take a lot of pride and feel privileged on being entrusted with this responsibility, this trust has enhanced our commitment towards our mission.

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