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Body language helps you bond with your character
When you’re watching a film, your perception of each character is derived from signals that come from their body language as well as what they say.
The way someone says something is just as important as the words themselves.
Films have an inherent need to connect with viewers emotionally, and changing how things are said can make a difference in the emotional response of the viewer.
Pay attention to ways characters touch one another or look at one another. This may be family gestures or people holding hands.
These may be signs of love, desire, jealousy, or resentment. A person who speaks little also tends to act less verbally.
This is because talking too much makes it harder to establish a connection with others. People don’t like talking for fear of saying the wrong thing.
However, showing restraint will make you more likely to get along with other individuals. It will also help you develop trust issues towards those you know.
Body language plays a substantial role in how we perceive each other and whether our emotions arise. Since films spend so much time presenting scenarios where everyone’s feeling intense emotions, understanding body language is an essential part of connecting with the narrative.
Given that films tend to show interactions between characters, learning some basic cues might help you connect with the story.
Learn how to portray a character
This is very important because viewers want to know that you are one of them. People may have different views about what it means to be human, but there’s one thing everyone can agree on – we are people.
We feel emotions, experience pain, sleep, eat, drink and breathe. We get nervous when we grow concerned or angry and laugh when we are happy.
People love watching films where characters struggle with their identity (within themselves) and then figure out who they want to be. It makes for an interesting story and something people can relate to.
By having both internal and external struggles, this gives the film more depth and makes the movie better. Internal conflicts allow for greater realism as well as deeper connections between the audience and the characters.
Audiences are always looking for interesting body language
Much of film is visual, and audiences enjoy seeing scenes well-shot and edited. However, there’s another way to capture an audience’s attention that has little to do with visuals—body language.
Although films can be successful without it, every scene harbors some form of dialogue. When actors are conversing, they use their bodies to express emotion and indicate focus.
Without visually indicating mood, emotions, or tension, you risk holding back story points through your editing. This makes your film seem less natural.
When watching films, our brains make allowances when we don’t have information about what people look like, how they sound, or how they feel. We fill in these gaps with his/her behavior, which is interpreted as having a purpose (for example, avoiding strangers).
This interpretation is called “the law of intention”. It states that we will interpret the actions of others in order to understand why they are acting the way they are.
If this doesn’t happen, you run the risk of one of two results: either everyone becomes a quiet, withdrawn person, or individuals seek out other people to explain who they are. The first result means you lose audience interest very quickly — just watch any conversation try not to break into laughter.
The second result leads to misunderstandings and problems later on. If you want to engage with someone’s experience, you
Maintains presence in the film
The director has to make the audience feel comfortable. If the director is confident and self-assured, then they can also connect with the audience.
If the director seems nervous or uncomfortable in their role, then this will reflect off of them and onto the viewers. It’s important that you look like you know what you are doing so anyone can understand it.
Helps film flow
A well-shot movie has an incredible soundtrack that can resonate with viewers, but it is also backed up by good acting and directing.
However, if the director does not pay attention to his or her actors, then everything else will be wasted.
How much effort should go into each shot? How long should shots last? What tone should they have? These are all questions that need answering for every single shot of the scene being filmed.
If anyone isn’t paying attention and doesn’t know how to answer these questions, the results could be awkward filming or bad timing between actions and reactions.
This breaks down the flow of the scene. You can bet that your audience would rather watch a film where the action is flowing and covers ground quickly, than one that is composed and slow.
Good body language helps the whole scene come alive.
Though films have plenty of audio clues, film dialogue never beats out body language as a way to attract viewers.
That’s because many people listen more to the words they hear; it is easier for them to pick up on the information that comes through verbally.
However, one must remember that while hearing is the least important form of sight, it isn’t worthless either.
When watching films, much effort goes into creating audible impressions that draw audiences in. But since listeners are able to pay more attention to verbal cues, there is less necessity for visual imagery.
It is also common practice to include descriptive phrases such as “He blew smoke from his nostrils” or “She peered into the distance brow furrowed.”
These additions help orient audience members with regard to time, location, and emotion, but their primary function is to make the spoken word seem more real.
Descriptions such as these serve to connote physical actions and emotional states that inform the listener this character cares about something else other than saying words.
Thus a speaker might say, “I care about my family,” but the manner in which they say it (the gesture of talking about your families) can convey that they mean it more deeply than if they had said it.
This adds another level of communication that can be collected and analyzed apart from the speech itself.
Leaders and experts in film
Experts agree that body language speaks louder than words. When making a movie, it is important to note that gestures can be more persuasive than statements. This is because gestures are nonverbal, while words are verbal.
That means when something about a person or their character is described as being assertive or aggressive, they may well be perceived as such by his/her physical behavior.
For example, if a person sticks out her chest and walks up to others, this could make her seem more confident and powerful. If she touches others with firm hand-shakes, then this could make her feel stronger.
Another sign of strength is chin tension. Chin tension shows confidence and control over one’s environment. It is also known as “chin raiser” which is how actress Jennifer Lawrence describes herself.
Chin raiser indicates a confidence level that comes from within. A chirping throat (instance of tongue twister) occurs only when there is increased pressure on the diaphragm area of the neck.
This demonstrates internal stress levels that are too high for the mind to regulate. When media sources (such as films) portray an individual who is experiencing internal stress, they cause the viewer to exhibit similar internal stress levels.
Thus, internal stress drives behavioral patterns like these. These behaviors begin to take hold and become more apparent until enough time has passed and the brain adjusts.
Casts a new light on older films
More often than not, casts reveal secrets about the past as well as tell stories that are hidden forever.
Although many would disagree, having an actor’s interpretation of their character is better than seeing a “stunt double” take on the role. Also, many actors add things into their interpretation that could never be conveyed through filming; like when they use mimicry or improv skills to become their characters.
Furthermore, even if it was filmed as real, there’s a certain aura surrounding any given scene that can only be captured live during shooting. For example, you have close proximity between cast and crew, along with intermingling of ages/genres. These dynamics create their own atmosphere which adds to the finished shot.
That being said, we sometimes see chemistry done improperly. A lot of times, actors will try too hard so they rely more on body language instead of what they are saying at the time.
This creates a performance that is less natural and human. The audience tends to zone out when watching this type of display because they are focused on the words coming out of the actors’ mouths rather than how they are feeling.
Big changes in films are easier to accomplish
When you watch a film, everything in the scene has a certain amount of importance. Even if something is not mentioned directly, it can be important or not.
For example, in a scene with two people, one might make an interesting gesture like poking fun at someone else. The other person would then try to match that behavior by doing the same thing.
It becomes clear when there are multiple gestures being made between the characters. This shows their connection and what is happening in the story.
These actions may seem small, but they are very significant in how the plot is going to unfold. How these gestures are done depends on the type of movie and the character. There are some common big gestures that most people know about.
However, aside from those, every single character has different patterns you will need to learn as the story progresses. You will have to pay closer attention to figure out who things belong to.
Gestures are complex tools and are powerful weapons while acting. They can convey messages that words cannot express. Through simple gestures, you can tell viewers more than what can be expressed in just the text.