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How To Hit Your Mark

Watch more How to Be an Actor videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to hit your mark when you're on the set with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Note the marks Note the spots on the floor that are usually marked with bright-colored gaffer tape in an "X" or "T" formation. There may be one or several in each scene. To stay in the frame and in focus, you must hit them exactly. Step 2: Do a walk-through Do a walk-through rehearsal, saying your lines and stopping at the marks at the appropriate places in the script while counting your steps to know exactly how many steps lead to each mark. Tip Repeatedly walk from your first position to your mark until you can literally do it with your eyes closed. Step 3: Look for markers Look for visual markers, like a piece of furniture or other decor, at your eye level during blocking run-throughs. Tip Don't use other actors as markers; they may not be consistent in their movements. Step 4: Be motivated Have a motivation in mind when you walk to each mark to avoid looking stilted. If there is no natural way to proceed to a particular mark, discuss it with your director. Step 5: Practice Practice at home before coming to set, with a video camera on a tripod filming you. Hitting marks will come more easily the more you do it. Did You Know? "Martini Shot" is film set slang for the wrap shot or last take of the day -- rooted in the old inside joke: ''The next shot is in a glass.''
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