acting 101: #15 “Yes! And then…!” (improv exercise)

Are you in need of an acting exercise that you can do wherever and whenever? I'd like to introduce to you a fun and fast-paced game to squeeze in during busy days: Yes! And then...! is the perfect game to play with a friend or collegue to get your creativity and focus flowing! Read on [...]

end-of-summer feel-good movies

Let's face it, summer 2017 is history. Fall or -- for those of you who are not completely ready to let go of the word "summer" yet -- Indian Summer has started. It's happening. Whereas I feared this seasonal change this year as for the German summertime lacking constant warm temperatures and therefore made this [...]

acting 101: #14 ten words, one story (impro exercise)

When improvising, we need to be creative and think beyond given situations to create new ones. I'd like to present to you a good exercise to train that exact skill: I call it ten words, one story (if you've been around my acting 101, you know how I like to make up names for already existing [...]

acting 101: #13 wild walks

I had the most inspiring acting class two weeks ago. Thanks to one of my favorite teachers, I felt like no time had passed since my last acting lesson in Cologne (over a month did pass in fact, but I got to take an acting lesson whilst my travel in Los Angeles at Gray Studios [...]

quick critique: heart-warming summer musical movie “Mamma Mia”

"Mamma mia, here I go again – my my, how can I resist you?" Have you started to sing along the second you read this columns title? 🙂 Mamma Mia! is catchy. It is vivid. It is pure passion -- passion for love and for life. Oh the sweet scenery... The movie was shot on [...]

acting 101: #12 Auditing David Rountree’s Camera Acting Workshop at Gray Studios, North Hollywood

David Rountree is a talented actor and great producer (check out his IMDb profile). He also teaches acting at Gray Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. I got to audit one of his classes in June 2017 during my L. A. Summer Love experience. Being an acting enthusiast, entering the doors of a renowned acting [...]

acting 101: #11 double-take

Have you ever consciously noticed the double-take happening in movies & on television? In real life, it happens more often than we are aware of (& not rarely does it cause me to stumble or fall, you with me?): You are heading somewhere, absorbed in thought, when suddenly, something particular catches your attention from the [...]

acting 101: #10 spatial awareness

As actors, we are not always lucky enough to be playing scenes in real-world settings. Location shooting is not always the case or even possible for that matter -- films are often shot in studios or backlots. Or you play scenes in front of a green screen, which can be pretty irritating. When the scene shows a [...]

acting 101: #9 table reading & cold reading

For you as an actor, table reading is a great tool to get used to your acting partner and to test your chemistry. Table readings also most importantly give the producers a sense whether the scene/dialogue works or not. What is this "table reading" and how does it work? Read on to find out 🙂 TABLE READING With [...]

acting 101: #8 freeze (improv game)

An absolute classic improvisation game, Freeze is much respected by beginners. But once adjusted to the pace of Freeze, it is great fun. Not only do beginners overcome the fear of playing and establishing silly or extraordinary scenes (which you have to consider when playing Freeze on a regular basis), they also grow through the speed of [...]