From our colleague Molly Bloom:
We received many more than we could include in the story so here are some bonus tricks for getting those lines to stick.
The more you do it the easier it gets! Line memorization is definitely a muscle - and you can build it by practicing. I clearly remember a time in college when I was taking several classes and in multiple shows and needed to be memorizing new lines nearly all the time and it was like my brain sort of broke open and it just became very easy to put things in there and retrieve them...of course, I was also a lot younger then.
Don't always start at the beginning. I found that as I practiced a part, I'd have the first act memorized and struggle with the second for a few more days. Start some of your sessions with the second act or later part of the play so all the lines get a balanced amount of attention.
Figure out how you learn and use that to develop how you memorize lines. If you learn audibly, say them out loud and maybe record and play them back for yourself. If you learn visually, write out the lines. I even have a friend that writes out all of her lines using only the first letter of each word. If you learn best by seeing the big picture, map out your character's motives and tactic changes rather than beating yourself up about the words at the start.
While memorizing keep re-reading your lines to make sure you are memorizing the lines correctly. My experience is that once a line has been memorized wrong, it's hard to break that pattern and start using the right line instead. And if you're getting stuck walk through a scene while memorizing; muscle memory is an amazing thing.
-T. James Belich
Develop a physical rhythm and move while saying the lines out loud in a normal volume. Usually I set aside a two hour chunk of time where I can be by myself with nobody around to hear me and I pace and memorize.
I don't like using the term "memorizing" because I favor "learning." Learning about the story, the character, the dialogue. Don't forget to play, play, play! Have fun! In the process, you may just find that your character has a lot more going on than you initially thought!
Posted at 6:01 PM on February 12, 2010
by Euan Kerr
Filed under: Film
Gwen (Emily Blunt) discovers it's a scary world in "The Wolfman." (Image courtesy Universal Pictures)
There's lots to be scared about in the Wolfman world. After a while it actually gets a little hard to remember the entire list of people and things fingered as potential dangers in Joe Johnston's lush remake of the Lon Chaney classic frightener.
Let's see: werewolves of course, quickly followed by gypsies, bears, villagers, (both commoners and gentry,) police officers, mentally ill people, scientists, psychiatrists and fathers. Oh, and standing stones are creepy too. It's all quite exhausting because "The Wolfman" is chock-a-block with worrying weirdness.
Sadly that's about as deep as this film gets.
The plot is set in 1891 at Blackmoore, a rundown estate in England where long absent son Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) returns after hearing of the mysterious and bloody death of his brother. The locals suspect a performing bear, but Lawrence's father Sir John (played with chilling smile by Anthony Hopkins) seems to know it may be something much more unsettling. Laurence begins to delve into the mystery even as he finds himself falling for Gwen, his late brother's lady friend (Emily Blunt.)
As the fog draws in around the estate and the full moon begins its ascent, it's clear something supernatural, and clawed, is stalking the grounds.
Director Johnson plays the gothic horror to the max, creating a candlelit world where dangers lurk in every shadow. Yet "The Wolfman" doesn't add anything to the werewolf story other than thoroughly modern gore-splashing. That is a shame, because lycanthropy, to give werewolfism its scientific name, would seem to be an area which could do with a 21st century re-analysis.
The film looks amazing, but just for once wouldn't it be great to have a horror movie where people don't decide to go for a stroll to explore werewolf habitat just as the full moon is rising. Or where police officers cock their eyebrows and tersely ask each other "I don't suppose we have any silver bullets?"
Del Toro doesn't bring much to the role of Lawrence other than a close resemblance to Lon Chaney at certain points in the film. It's also a little distracting that he has an American accent (explained by the claim he's been working as an actor in the US for years,) while his father sports a Welsh lilt, and the village seems filled with transplanted Londoners. It just never quite gels.
Many years ago my mother told me the real reason for scary movies was actually to give people on dates an excuse to hold each other just a little tighter. So perhaps that's the real reason to go see "The Wolfman." Happy Valentines day......