Nov072017

How Stanislavski Reinvented the Craft of Acting

In the 1950s, a wave of “method actors” took Hollywood by storm. Actors like James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Montgomery Clift, brought a whole new toolset and perspective on the actor’s craft to the films they performed in. The foundation of their work, however, was laid in Russia more than fifty years prior to their stardom. Stanislavski’s conception of “psychological realism” in performance challenged ideas about the essential features of the actor’s craft that had been held for centuries. In theatre before Stanislavski, acting was defined as a craft of vocal and gestural training. The role the actor played was to give life to the emotions of the text in a broad illustrative fashion. Formal categories such as melodrama, opera, vaudeville, and musicals, all played to this notion of the actor as chief representer of dramatic ideas. Stanislavski’s key insight was in seeing the actor as an experiencer of authentic emotional moments. Suddenly the craft of performance could be about seeking out a genuine internal experience of the narrative’s emotional journey. From this foundation, realism in performance began to flourish. This not only changed our fundamental idea of the actor but invited a reinvention of the whole endeavor of telling stories through drama. Teachers would adopt Stanisvlaski’s methods and ideas and elaborate upon them in American theatre schools. The result, in the 1950s, would be a new wave of actors and a style of acting that emphasized psychological realism to a greater degree than their peers in motion pictures. This idea of realism grew to dominate our notion of successful performances in cinema. Stanislavskian-realism is now central to the DNA of how we direct and read performances, whether we are conscious of it or not. I think it is important to know this history and consider its revolutionary character. Understanding the nature of Stanislavski’s insights allows us to look at other unasked questions, other foundational elements of our craft that we might take for granted. — Stanislavski’s books are still fascinating explorations of the craft of performance.
Oct312017

UNDERPASS STUDIO BY FERNANDO ABELLANAS

There is almost no way in which living under a bridge could be construed as a good thing. Almost. Just take a look at this Underpass Studio by Fernando Abellanas and you’ll see what we mean. This tiny studio located in a secret spot somewhere in Valencia, Spain is brilliant, but simple. The wooden platform that makes up the largest portion of the studio hangs by a steel frame that grips a concrete lip under the bridge. That platform uses a hand crank to move from side to side – and transports the sole user from the bank right under the bridge to the column where the shelves and desk have been installed. Once the Spanish furniture maker who built all of this gets onto the platform and operates the crank, he makes his little space inaccessible to anyone but himself. Much like a treehouse, this hideaway has a whimsical, freeing sense to it.
Oct232017

1967 CHEVROLET C-10 PICKUP

It was back in 1967 when Chevrolet decided to launch a revised version of the previously successful C/K Pickup series. What resulted was a cleaner and crisper iteration during the ’67 and ’68 production years thanks to a small rear window and the absence of side marker lights making them quite unique for years to come. Now, in celebration of their Centennial Anniversary, it looks like Chevy is reverting back to its old habits – releasing a special edition ode to the classic ’67 C-10 pickup. Details on the truck are scarce at best, but what we do know is that the re-issued C-10 features some of the same elements as the celebratory 2018 Centennial Edition Silverado and Colorado – including its “Centennial Blue” paint job. The official celebration is slated to kick off at the Texas Motor Speedway on December 16 of this year, where we’re sure we’ll learn more about what Chevy has in store for their 100th year in the business.
Oct042017

Libreria Palazzo Roberti presenta RAW BIBLE

Con la partecipazione di Mario Bonamigo e Leonardo Nave. Presenterà l'incontro Francesco Bernardi. - Libreria Palazzo Roberti, Venerdi 06 Ottobre 2017 alle ore 18.00
May302017

TENTRR FULLY FURNISHED CAMPSITES

Camping is all about getting away from the crowd and spending time with the people you care about. During the summer season, however, this can be difficult. Even the best campsites get filled up fast – defeating the whole purpose of getting into the woods in the first place. Thankfully, Tentrr is here with an alternative. This camping service works with property owners in rural areas to set up fully stocked, one of a kind camping spots. That means no worrying about packing up the car with tents and gear. All you need to bring is some hiking boots and a few friends. Campsites offer up unique experiences like cycling tours, and hunting trips lead by ‘campkeepers’ (the property owners). Each campkeepers also offers up smaller creature comforts like telescopes or cooking kits. To top it all off, booking is incredibly simple. Just head to Tentrr’s website or iOS app, find one of the nearly 250 camping sites, and hit book. Right now the service is only available in the Northeastern part of the U.S. but Tentrr has plans to expand to the Pacific Northwest later this year.
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