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During the classical Hollywood era, an actor's standard seven-year contract, reviewed every six months: if the actor had made progress in being assigned roles and demonstrating box-office appeal, the studio picked up the option to employ that actor for the next six months and gave the actor a raise; if not, the studio dropped the option and the actor was out of a job.
A system of acting, developed by Russian theater director Konstantin Stanislavsky in the late nineteenth century, that encourages students to strive for realism, both social and psychological, and to bring their past experiences and emotions to their roles. This system influenced the development of Method acting in the United States.
Also known as "the method," this system of realistic acting was distilled by followers of Konstantin Stanislavsky and has been taught primarily since the 1930s in America.
The casting of actors because of their looks or "type" rather than for their acting talent or experience.
the process of choosing and hiring actors for a movie
A filming undertaken by an actor to audition for a particular role.
Also known as main role, featured role, or leading role. A role that is a principal agent in helping move the plot forward. Whether movie stars or newcomers, actors playing major roles appear in many scenes and -- ordinarily, but not always -- receive screen credit preceding the title. Compare minor role. (page 315)
An actor who looks reasonably like a particular movie star (or at least an actor playing a major role) in height, weight, coloring, and so on, and who substitutes for that actor during the tedious process of preparing setups or taking light readings.
A performer who doubles for another actor in scenes requiring special skills or involving hazardous actions, such as crashing cars, jumping from high places, swimming, or riding (or falling off of) horses.
Also known as supporting role. A role that helps move the plot forward (and thus may be as important as a major role), but that is played by an actor who does not appear in as many scenes as the featured players do.
An actor's part that represents a distinctive character type (sometimes a stereotype): society leader, judge, doctor, diplomat, and so on.
An actor who holds a small speaking part.
An actor who usually appears in a nonspeaking crowd and receives no screen credit
A small but significant role often played by a famous actor.
A role even smaller than a cameo, reserved for a highly recognizable actor or personality.
distancing effect or alienation effect
A psychological distance between audience and stage for which, according to German playwright Bertolt Brecht, every aspect of a theatrical production should strive by limiting the audience's identification with characters and events.
the art or act of making, inventing, or arranging offhand, without advance planning