Friday, 23 October 2015

Secondary Action - Principle 8

Secondary action is an action that supports and reinforces the intentions of the first, which can create dimension to a character and give the audience an idea to what kind of character they are. It is the action that tells how the character is feeling and can work sometimes in a way that it can contradict what they are saying for comedic value. The principle of staging (Principle 2) is also quite an important factor when it comes to secondary action as you need to make sure your secondary action is communicated effectively and not lost to the rest of the action. Below, I put an example of how secondary action can create more dimension to a character as you can see he goes to pick up a ball and this is the main action. The secondary action however, would be the fact he sticks his tongue out when picking up the ball and this communicates concentration. Another would be that he stamps his foot when failing to pick it up, communicating frustration and finally while he's picking up the ball his teeth are gritted together to communicate the amount of effort he's putting in, I'll let you figure out the rest of them!

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