Yesterday we did a lot of work on voice acting and the effect voice can have in a monologue. There is so much that you can do with the voice to have a specific effect and characterization.
There are many ways you can use you voice and manipulate it to give a different effect. these are a few we came up with.
- A change of pitch
- Vocal indentation – to express emotion
- inflections at the end of your voice up wards and downwards
- accent and dialect
- open and closed sounds
We then did an exercise with different ways to say “How can I help you?” this was more difficult then I anticipated, because there are so may ways of saying it but using emphasis on each of the five words really makes you think about how you speak and how it could be portrayed and taken by other people. For example “HOW can I help you?” this could be taken as a sincerer question because you really want to know what the other person needs you do to to be able to help them. On the other hand if you put the emphasis on the I, then it could be “how can I help you?” that could be taken as how to you expect me to help you?
We then did a monologue from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard it was very interesting to see peoples different portrayals but the one that stood out for me the most was Jack’s interpratation but on the line “Think in your head, now, think of you most… private… secret… intimate…. thing you have ever done”, it was very soft and gentle which I found very refreshing and it was quite a contrast to the of the sinister actor Jack was portraying.