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Acting for the Camera with Acting Coach John Pallotta


Subtext is what you really are saying regardless of what your lines are saying. It is the true meaning underneath dialogue, and it is what you communicate when you talk to anyone in the film.

Subtext is that unspoken communication by way of your emotions or feelings. Regardless of what your script lines are, subtext is what you really mean and what the audience is watching.

Through the subtext, the audience discovers your relationship to the other actors, and only when you are relating to each other can there be useful subtext.

You communicate subtext through your tone of voice, body language, looks and emotions. Subtext is an undercurrent that allows the audience to understand what is really going on between the actors.

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